Take a tour of the Royal Opera production workshop

DISCOVER the backstage world of set construction and scenic painting as the Royal Opera House launches regular public tours of the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop in Purfleet from September.

The brand new state-of-the-art workshops are home to the Royal Opera House team of scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers and it is here that they realise the designers’ visions, creating the many different sets and the scenery for the ballets and operas performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Tours of the Production Workshops offer a revealing insight into the skills necessary to create world class theatre sets. Led by an expert tour guide, the tours visit the scenic paint shop, the build area, and the carpentry workshop to see how sets and scenery are constructed. Visitors have access to the unique viewing galleries used by the artists and craftspeople to view their work from above.

Set in the High House Production Park amid beautifully restored historic buildings and landscaped gardens, the purpose-built Production Workshop is a fascinating place to visit to learn about the crafts and skills behind theatre set construction and design. Tours begin at the Coach House Cafe in the courtyard of the High House. They take up to an hour and a quarter after which visitors are welcome to enjoy the delightful walled gardens or have a picnic in the orchard or have afternoon tea in the cafe.

Tours run regularly throughout the year. Full details of the dates and times of tours can be found at www.roh.org.uk/visit/tours/thurrock-tours

Tickets for the tours can be booked in person at the Royal Opera House Box Office or by phone on 020 7304 4000.

Tickets are £7.00 adult, £6.00 seniors/unwaged/students and £5.00 children under 16. A Group Price of
£5.50 is available for groups of 10 or more

For any further information, please call 0207 212 9389

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