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Articles by Laura Brown

Why did Schlesinger’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann hog the headlines?

28 November 2016

Sex scenes, scandal and sensational headlines: the ROH Collections team delve into the archives to uncover the buzz around this iconic production, 36 years on from its premiere.

Hidden in plain view: How the Royal Opera House keeps historic artworks alive

7 October 2016

Covent Garden is home to precious art works by David Hockney, Maurice Lambert and Elisabeth Frink, but ensuring their survival requires extreme patience, skill and attention to detail.

A perennial favourite: The history of Il trovatore at the Royal Opera House

6 July 2016

Verdi’s fiery tragedy has been a staple at the Royal Opera House for centuries, as revealed by a foray into our archives.

Iced Gems: Remembering the Royal Opera House’s indoor ice-skating rink

19 January 2016

In the 1930s, long before on-ice theatre adaptations became an arena staple, the ROH had its own skating rink.

Discover the ROH’s extensive historic collections during Explore Your Archive week

16 November 2015

We'll be revealing highlights from our archive during this nationwide event 14–22 November 2015.

Collections at the new Costume Centre: A two-year project comes to fruition

22 October 2015

Our historic collections settle into their new home after a painstaking removal process.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: The historic costumes for MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet

25 September 2015

Fifty years after the ballet had its premiere, we take a look at the beautiful costumes for MacMillan’s iconic ballet.

ROH Collections Item of the Month: Queue Tickets

17 July 2015

A new donation to our Collections reveals a historic passion for that most archetypally British of things - queuing.

Collections on the Move: the painstaking process of relocating the Royal Opera House’s invaluable historic archive

8 May 2015

Moving is always a nightmare, but it’s so much worse when you’ve a historic theatre collection to look after.