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Behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House and St Mary le Strand
Monday 24 February 2020

Following the fascinating lecture by Sarah Lenton about Christmas at Covent Garden we shall have a guided tour behind the scenes at the Opera House. Following that, Sarah Lenton will show us the highlights of a nearby church, St Mary le Strand, which is said to be the loveliest Baroque church in England and the only one in London. It was designed by James Gibbs and was consecrated in 1724.

 The Backstage Tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.


Cost: £35
Depart:  9.30am The Car Park, Beaconsfield Old Town Market Place, Windsor End.

11 am -12 am Free time to explore the Opera House or Covent Garden market and/or have coffee/lunch in many eateries nearby.

12 pm Gather for 2 backstage tours. The Royal Opera House is a large building and lengthy corridors and stairs may need to be used on the tour route. There is no possibility of seating during a tour which lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes

1.45 pm Gather to walk to St Mary the Virgin (approx. 5 mins walk)

2 pm - 3 pm St Mary le Strand

Return:  3.30pm from Bow Street the Royal Opera House.

Due to restricted numbers on the tours the day is limited to 36 Arts Society members

There is a waiting list for this trip, please contact the organiser Val McFarlane