Watch: The epic task of transporting Les Troyens from workshop to stage
At 15 truckloads in size, the Es Devlin-designed set is one of the company's largest.
Barbara Senator as Ascanius, Ashley Holland as Panthus, Bryan Hymel as Aeneas and Fabio Capitanucci as Coroebus in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
At a gigantic 15 truckloads in size, transporting the set for Les Troyens from the workshop in Thurrock in Essex to London’s Covent Garden is a huge task.
Es Devlin’s staging contrasts Troy, a warlike city rendered in gunmetal hues, with Carthage; a serene utopia of desert browns and oranges. Its impressive size also matches the epic tale of Aeneas and his flight from Troy to the North African citystate where he meets Dido, the Phoenician queen who he protects and falls in love with.
We recently filmed the set on its odyssey from workshop to stage: