High above the surrounding rooftops, the enormous, purpose-built Production Workshop is home to scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers. Here they make the designers' visions into reality, creating the many different sets that appear in the ballet and operas performed on the stages of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
The neighbouring Costume Centre will be home to more than 20,000 costumes from the current ROH repertory, as well as historic costumes, musical instruments and furniture from the archive collection.
Set in the High House Production Park in Purfleet, amid beautifully landscaped gardens, the Production Workshop and Costume Centre are fascinating and inspiring places to discover the skills behind theatre and costume construction and design.
This tour takes place in the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop and Costume Centre in Purfleet, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art theatre craft workshop. In recent months there have been some instances of disruption on the roads and travel times have been affected. Please do allow plenty of time to arrive at the site and check for congestion on the day of your visit.
Why not buy a Royal Opera House gift certificate? The recipient can redeem the certificate against their Thurrock Tour purchase. Enter the value of your choice on our gift certificate page.
The tour route is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please advise the Box Office at the time of booking if you have any access requirements. The Production Workshop and Costume Centre are large buildings and stairs may need to be used on the tour route. Please note that there is no possibility of seating during a tour and there are no cloakroom facilities available.
Please assemble outside the Coachman's Café ten minutes before the start of the tour. The tour guide will collect you from there.
The High House Community Cafe is open for lunches, snacks and drinks. If you are a large group of 10 or more people, and require refreshments before or after your tour please telephone the café on 01708 892639 to give them notice.