17 August 2011 at 4.46pm | 3 Comments
Do you fancy dressing up as a medieval knight from Lohengrin? Or does a night at the ballet remind you how dull is your daily attire? Then take note – on the weekend of 24/25 September, we’re holding a massive costume sale. Pick up some period footwear, or a magnificent hat. Or buy a full outfit from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty or the 1958 production of Don Carlo. Prices are reasonable from £20 to £500 and all proceeds go towards the work of the Royal Opera House.
More than 1500 costumes are up for grabs. Trying to describe this varied collection would be impossible; there are all shapes, colours and periods possible, from opera and ballet. Take your pick from productions including Lohengrin, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Erwartung, Maskarade, Don Carlo (Visconti version), Parsifal and The Sleeping Beauty.
The sale is at our production workshop in Essex. You can make it a day out; there's beautiful walled gardens and an orchard, a cafe and a children’s play area. The 14-acre site also boasts Grade II listed buildings. It's a lovely spot to discover.
Plan your trip
Payment: Credit and debit cards, cash or cheque.
When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, from 10am.
Where: Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop at the High House Production Park in Purfleet, Essex. (Vellacott Close, off London Road, Purfleet, RM19 1RG)
How to get there: Trains leave Fenchurch Street approximately four times an hour for Purfleet, the journey takes 30 minutes. The High House Production Park and the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop are approximately a 15 minute walk from Purfleet station along the London Road (turn left out of the station and walk along the London Road and the High House Production Park is clearly signposted)
If you are travelling by car 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. There is plenty of parking on site.