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Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit High House Production Park in Thurrock

Royal couple meet staff and community members, as well as seeing where ROH sets are produced.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

31 January 2014 at 12.36pm | Comment on this article

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall got a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the High House Production Park in Thurrock this week, where the sets for Royal Opera House productions are made.

Royal Opera House Chief Executive and High House Production Park Chairman Alex Beard together with Andrea Stark, Chief Executive of the HHPP, led the tour taking in Backstage Centre where students from South Essex College were learning lighting and sound production  skills, as well as visiting resident artists in the Acme Studios High House Artists' studios before making their way to the Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop.

This was the first building to open on the Park and the ROH has run a learning and community engagement programme in the area since 2007 which has seen more than 40,000 people get involved from the local area.

The royal visitors met staff, students, members of the community and the Manoukian family and saw scenery being painted for Christopher Wheeldon's new Royal Ballet production of The Winter's Tale.

The Prince joked that he'd gladly offer his services to the Thurrock Community Chorus but doubted that his voice would be up to the standard required.

Find out more about ROH Thurrock

The Prince of Wales is the patron of The Royal Opera and President of The Royal Ballet.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

31 January 2014 at 12.36pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Royal, Thurrock

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