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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Royal Opera House announces opening season for new Linbury Theatre

12:04, 19th September 2018

Today (19 September) the Royal Opera House announced the inaugural season of the new Linbury Theatre.

Over the last three years the Royal Opera House (ROH) has undergone extensive redevelopment costing more than £50m. New features include extended foyers and terraces, and the addition of cafes, restaurants and bars. The centrepiece is the intimate 400-seat theatre, which is expected to host a wide range of opera and dance.

The Linbury Theatre
The Linbury Theatre. (c) Hufton & Crow

The new facilities are opened in conjunction with a programme of ticketed and free daytime events. For the first time, the opera house will be open to the public every day from 10am. From September, visitors will be able to take part in Family Sundays, Tea Dances, workshops and informal recitals.

‘We want as many people as possible to visit one of the world’s most beautiful theatres,’ said chief executive Alex Beard, ‘to experience our art forms and to get a taste of the remarkable creativity at play here.’

From December, the new Linbury Theatre will open its doors to the public for its first season. Creative producer for the Royal Opera, Sarah Crabtree, said: ‘Our inaugural programme looks to the future with world premieres and back to our roots with a long overdue revival; it showcases exciting emerging talent alongside the finest theatre-makers of our time.’

Highlights include:

  • Gavin Higgings’ new opera The Monstrous Child, which explores teenage angst against a backdrop of Norse mythology. The opera is the latest work commissioned by the Royal Opera for a younger audience
  • A new staging of Handel’s Berenice, which returns for the first time to the site of its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre in 1737. The new production will be sung in an English translation by Selma Dimitrijevic
  • South African lyric theatre company Isango Ensemble present the first revival of A Man of Good Hope, which tells the story of a refugee’s quest across Africa
  • The Royal Opera and Jette Parker Young Artists present Henze’s Phaedra
  • Ivo van Hove makes his Royal Opera debut, bringing Muziektheater Transparant’s production of The Diary of One Who Disappeared to the opera house for its UK premiere
  • The new weekend festival Engender celebrates women working in opera through performance and conversation

For more information visit https://www.roh.org.uk/

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