29 May 2015 at 11.30am | 90 Comments
As you may well know, work on our Open Up building project will start this autumn.
It’s an exciting project to literally ‘open up’ the ground floor spaces within the Royal Opera House, improving access from Covent Garden and creating world class foyers to match the beauty of the auditorium and Paul Hamlyn Hall; to renovate the Clore Studio Upstairs making it a more versatile space, and to completely refurbish the Linbury Studio Theatre enhancing its acoustics and making it a vastly more comfortable and accessible venue for you.
The foyer areas will host a wide range of daytime activities with a ground floor café and a stunning glazed area on to Bow Street introducing far more natural light. Digital screens will showcase exhibitions and behind the scenes footage about the amazing things that happen here both on our stages and in our workshops, and the current cloakroom and lavatories will be much improved. The project is being funded entirely by private donations, for which we are extremely grateful.
The work will take two years during which we will maintain a full programme of opera and ballet in the iconic 1858 theatre, which will remain untouched.
We are delighted to have award winning architects Stanton Williams working with us. They bring a wealth of experience in working in sensitive contexts, and their sympathetic handling of natural materials, close attention to detail and imaginative use of space will help to create a Royal Opera House fit for this and the next generation of artists and audiences.
Inevitably there will be some disruption for our visitors and audiences during the construction period. The work will be phased so there could be changes each time you visit. However, we are working hard to minimize this and will be letting you know how the building work might impact on your visit through up to date information on our website and our usual communication channels.
So please do explore the Open Up section of our website, where you can find images and information about what the future will be for your opera house, and we will do everything we can to make sure that the impact of Open Up on your visit to the Royal Opera House is as minimal as possible.
We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you and are grateful for your understanding and support along the way. Do share any thoughts or questions using the comment box below.