Royal Opera House Thurrock is based in the dynamic High House Production Park in Purfleet, surrounded by Grade II listed buildings and beautiful converted barns. The Learning and Participation team in Thurrock has created a busy and ambitious programme to reflect projects from the Royal Opera House and create new innovative events specifically tailored for local communities and residents.
In May 2013, the ROH commissioned BOP Consulting to undertake an impact assessment of its presence and activities in Thurrock and the Thames Gateway. Find out more about the assessment.
The Thurrock team works closely with ROH Bridge to deliver projects and make connections with neighbouring counties, including Essex, Havering, Dagenham and Barking and Grays.
The High House Production Park is also home to the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre. The Production Workshop is used to design, create and build the sets and scenery used in Royal Opera House Productions. The new Costume Centre houses more than 20,000 costumes for Royal Opera House productions currently in the repertory, as well as historic costumes, musical instruments and furniture from the archive collection.
It is possible to book a guided tour of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre, offering a unique and rare insight into the world of backstage crafts. Find out more about the tours.
Directions to ROH Thurrock
High House Production Park, Vellacott Close (off London Road), Purfleet RM19 1AF
Purfleet Railway Station is the nearest stop to the Production Park. It is located on the C2C Line, with trains leaving regularly from London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central Train Station. The High House Production Park is a 15-minute walk. Turn left out of the station and walk straight up the London Road, the High House is the large cream house on the left-hand side.
Take the M25 and leave the motorway at Junction 31. Then join the A1090 (Stone House Lane) towards Purfleet railway station. At the roundabout with Purfleet Bypass, continue on the A1090 (London Road) for about 300 yards until you see signposts for the High House site which is on your right.
If you are travelling by car from London on the A13, take the A1306 towards Purfleet and at the Stonehouse roundabout turn right onto the A1090. At the roundabout with Purfleet Bypass, continue on the A1090 (London Road) for about 300 yards until you see signposts for the High House site which is on your right.
Please also note that in recent months there have been some instances of disruption on the roads and travel times have been affected. Please do allow plenty of time to arrive at the site and check for congestion on the day of your visit. Thank you.
View a map of The High House Production Park here.