13 June 2012 at 11.04am | Comment on this article
The workshop, which opened in 2011, is home to a talented team of scenic painters, carpenters and metal workers dedicated to creating the famous sets used in Royal Opera House productions.
Prior to tours opening to the public, HRH the Duke of Kent and Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, toured the workshop, meeting members of Royal Opera House's Education department and the creative team.
The workshop was purpose-built specifically for the Royal Opera House and designed to accommodate the set and scenery of several productions at once. It features a production area as large as the Covent Garden stage, allowing the creative team to fully construct the set before it is transferred to London. The workshop also includes a paint shop and metal workshop.
The impressive set for Paul Curran's production of The Tsar's Bride was built at the workshop in Thurrock. Find our more about the set-building process:
The workshop is part of the High House Production Park, a 14 acre site in Purfleet. Since opening two years ago, the Royal Opera House Education team has worked closely with schools, communities and colleges making the park a centre for community and creative development.
There are five remaining preview tours this summer on 22 June and 4 July at a special reduced rate of £5, including refreshments. A programme of regular tours will begin in September. Tours last for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and tickets are available from the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000.