The first phase of the £60m Royal Opera House creative industries production park opens tonight on the 14-acres of grade II-listed High House Farm in Purfleet.
The opening will be marked by a specially commissioned opera, Ludd and Isis, which involves professional singers with members of the Thurrock community.
Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP will officially open the production park.
YourThurrock went down to the dress rehearsals on Sunday afternoon to speak to three of the local performers: Karen Glazzard, Mike Ostler and Rebecca Silverman.
There are limited tickets available now. Anyone wishing to see the show should call the Thameside Theatre to check availability.
Tickets are only available from the Thameside Box Office in person now.
The Thameside Box Office is on 0845 300 5264
Tickets £10, £5 concessions