Opera House costume sale next month

Do you fancy dressing up as a medieval knight from Lohengrin? Or does a night at the ballet remind you how dull is your daily attire? Then take note – on the weekend of 24/25 September, the Royal Opera House in Purfleet are holding a massive costume sale.

Pick up some period footwear, or a magnificent hat. Or buy a full outfit from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty or the 1958 production of Don Carlo. Prices are reasonable from £20 to £500 and all proceeds go towards the work of the Royal Opera House.

More than 1500 costumes are up for grabs. Trying to describe this varied collection would be impossible; there are all shapes, colours and periods possible, from opera and ballet.

Take your pick from productions including Lohengrin, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung, Maskarade, Don Carlo (Visconti version), Parsifal and The Sleeping Beauty.

The sale is at their production workshop in Purfleet. You can make it a day out; there’s beautiful walled gardens and an orchard, a cafe and a children’s play area. The 14-acre site also boasts Grade II listed buildings. It’s a lovely spot to discover.”

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