27 March 2015 at 3.06pm | 1 Comment
The weekend, the Royal Opera House will be taking part in WWF’s Earth Hour 2015, a global event that takes place on Saturday 28 March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. For the fifth consecutive year, all non-essential lights will be switched off, while Front of House lights in the auditorium and Paul Hamlyn Hall will be dimmed during the interval of that evening’s performance.
The event is a symbolic lights-out display to show respect for the environmental world and raise awareness of climate change. Last year, a record-breaking 162 countries and 7000 towns and cities took part, with switch offs starting in Samoa and finishing in Tahiti. In the UK, over 9 million people and 200 of the country’s most iconic landmarks were involved, ranging from Big Ben and Palace of Westminster, to Manchester Old Trafford. This year, the Royal Opera House joins organizations such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the National Theatre, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge.
To raise awareness, the cast sheets for the evening’s performance have been printed on 100% recycled paper, and Earth Hour leaflets will be available for audience members.