8 February 2016 at 11.06am | 8 Comments
As our Open Up project to enhance the public spaces of our theatre gets underway, we are now beginning to experience some of the changes necessary in order to get the building work done as quickly as possible.
If you have been to the Royal Opera House very recently, you will have noticed that a new hoarding has gone up in the Front of House area. This is reducing the space for our audiences to get to the cloakroom at the end of a performance so we do ask that you try not to double back to meet your party in the Entrance Foyer but make your way out of the building together via the revolving doors and fire exits. This will help to make the exit as smooth as possible for everyone. Thank you for your co-operation.
Meanwhile, behind the hoardings, work has started to create a new staircase down to the lower level where the new toilets will be located. The Linbury Studio Theatre closed in mid-January and the team is currently decanting all the equipment in readiness for the complete transformation of the space into a second world-class stage within the building.
Regrettably, we are having to close the Royal Opera House to daytime visitors from Monday 15 February so that the complex schedule of works can be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to ensure that we can continue our performances on the main stage as usual throughout the project. This means that Tea Dances, Big Sing Fridays, Afternoon Teas and lunchtime recitals will no longer be taking place within the building until early 2018. However, the Jette Parker Young Artists will be giving recitals in other venues so please check the website regularly for updates.
During Open Up we are taking the opportunity to expand our partnerships and present smaller scale productions in other theatres so please do join us for of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barbican and Pleasure and 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith later this Season.
Whilst we appreciate that the Open Up project will inevitably bring some disruption, we are very excited that the benefits of the new Linbury Theatre, the opened up spaces on the street level, the new catering offerings and cloakroom facilities will greatly enhance the experience for audiences and artists alike.
We would recommend that during the Open Up period you allow more time to reach your seat than usual, and that you always check the website for details of any changes before your visit. At certain points during coming months, entrances to the building as well as drop off and pick up points will be affected, but we will flag any such plans on the Open Up homepage.
We will do our very best to keep you up to date with factors that may affect your visit, and you may find our list of Open Up FAQs useful. These have been compiled in response to audience queries we have received so far. We very much welcome comments and questions about the project, so do get in touch by posting your comment below.