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Royal Opera House set to celebrate ten years of working in Thurrock

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THE Royal Opera House celebrates ten years of working in Thurrock and everyone is invited to the party.

It’s ten years since the Royal Opera House first came to Thurrock to begin work on its world-class production facilities in Purfleet, and celebrations are set to take place in July to mark this dynamic decade.

The High House Production Park, where the Royal Opera House has been making world-class sets and scenery since 2010, will host a free BP Big Screen and a free Community Day.

Back for its 7th year, the free BP Big Screen on Friday 14 July will be Puccini’s final, wonderful opera Turandot. Screened live from Covent Garden, the Royal Opera’s fabulous production transports the audience to ancient Beijing and features the famous aria ‘Nessun dorma’. The Big Screen will be shown in the High House orchard but will move indoors in the event of bad weather. The performance commences at 7.30pm with the Park open from 6pm. To find out more and get a free Digital Programme visit

On Saturday 15 July, some familiar characters – in some not-so-familiar guises – from much-loved Royal Opera House productions will be popping up around the Backstage Centre for an exciting afternoon of performances and activities, including magical scenic artistry, singing and dancing! Where will Alice’s adventures take you? Will the Queen of the Night scare you or thrill you? Will Mimi and Rodolfo’s love story end happily? The grand finale features the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus too.

Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said:
“Over the last ten years, Thurrock has become our second home. From day one, residents have made us feel truly welcome and it is wonderful to see how the community has embraced our work in local schools, set up the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus and even participated in fully-staged performances. We are delighted to invite the whole community to join us this summer to reflect on and celebrate a remarkable decade, as we look forward to the next ten years of collaboration”

Gabrielle Forster-Still, Head of Learning and Participation Thurrock said: ‘It has been an amazing 10 years for us in Thurrock. A great deal has happened and we have met many wonderful people from the local community who have made us feel so welcome. From our earliest projects to now, we have worked with schools, choirs, businesses, councils, artists and Thurrock residents and have had fantastic engagement and support from them all. It is such a great place to work and we look forward to celebrating with our Thurrock friends, new and old, in July. Everyone is welcome’


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