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Watch: Our new myth-busting short film 'What do you see?'

The film seeks to dispel the myths around opera, ballet and the Royal Opera House.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

7 October 2015 at 3.01pm | 3 Comments

We have just released a new short film highlighting the accessibility and outreach work of the Royal Opera House.

Entitled 'What do you see?', the film seeks to challenge preconceptions and dispel the myths that both the Royal Opera House and its art forms are expensive and elitist. It is fronted by actor Lesley Sharp, best known for her performances in The Full Monty, Bob & Rose and Clocking Off.

'This year I started to get interested in seeing opera and ballet and the Royal Opera House was the place it seemed obvious to go to.' says Lesley. 'I'm not from a background that was full of classical music influences - my parents didn't listen to a lot of music, and certainly didn't see any dance. So to come to the Royal Opera House in a relatively late stage in my life has been the most extraordinary, eye-opening and wonderful experience.'

Tickets this Season start at just £2 for ballet performances and £5 for opera with more than 150,000 tickets priced at less than £20. In addition, last Season 17,500 low-cost tickets (targeted at first-time audiences) were provided through the ROH's extensive Learning and Participation programme which runs projects including Chance to Dance, a series of creative in-school workshops provided to 1,246 pupils across Lambeth, Southwark and Thurrock. As well as engaging audiences at Covent Garden and through extensive outreach projects, performances can be seen around the UK and the rest of the world through regular cinema relays and live-streams. And away from the stage and orchestra pit, the Royal Opera House has more than 1,000 employees and 17 apprentices across various backstage departments, making it a major employer in the creative industries.

'I would say to anybody - "Come here"', says Lesley. 'It's for you. It's ours. The Royal Opera House belongs to Great Britain.'

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

7 October 2015 at 3.01pm

This article has been categorised Uncategorised and tagged cheap tickets, elitism, expensive, learning and participation, Lesley Sharp, myth, outreach, preconceptions, tickets

This article has 3 comments

  1. Graham Leech responded on 28 January 2016 at 4:51pm Reply

    I enjoy Lesley Sharp's "What do you see" commentary on the film of the work of the ROH. I am very familiar with it, my wife and I being regular patrons of the opera and ballet live broadcasts! Who wrote it, and is a copy of it available to read?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 2 February 2016 at 3:06pm

      Hi Graham,

      Glad you like the film.

      The script was written by Lottie Butler - our former Assistant Content Producer.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Tobias Waller responded on 13 February 2017 at 3:16pm Reply

    This film is really incredible. I love it! It's really emotional for me because I love performing arts and theatre itself. But I'm not from english speaking country and for me it would be awesome if you could show us the text of that movie. I love it but I'm not sure with few words. Thank you.

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