Our cloakroom is free and secure. Make things easy for yourself and leave your coat and bag in our cloakroom instead of trying to stow everything under your seat. One less thing to worry about! During the recent renovation works, our heating and ventilation systems were completely revamped!
Bar and foyer
Before and after the performance and during the intervals, you can go to our bar for drinks and light snacks. During the intervals, you can also get these in the Grand Foyer. But no eating or drinking is allowed in the auditorium itself.
Unless otherwise indicated, all of our venues are accessible to wheelchair users.
Programme booklets (€ 10)
Our opera programmes contain background texts (in French and Dutch) and illustrations that throw light on the production. They are on sale at the stands on the stairway and in the auditorium, on every floor.
Subscribers can receive the opera programmes at home before the premiere: this extra service can be ordered when you purchase an opera subscription. There are also programme booklets for recitals and concerts.
Before every opera performance, La Monnaie offers its visitors a free introduction in French and Dutch. Starting 45 minutes before the curtain rises, they provide insight in the story, the themes, the music and the historical context of the works, but also in the dramaturgical decisions and the aesthetical principles behind the staging. The free introductions to our concerts and dance performances, the latter only in English, take place half an hour before the event.
For most productions, La Monnaie provides surtitles in Dutch and French: these present a shortened translation of the text being sung or spoken. The positioning of the surtitles varies according to the staging approaches of particular productions, but we always try to offer as many audience members as possible the opportunity to follow the surtitles in the language of their choice. Given the architecture of our opera house, however, there are some seats from which it is not always comfortable to follow the surtitles.
Surtitles in the two languages are shown on separate, alternating displays on the left and right sides of the stage.