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Modernising the Royal Opera House

AFTER years of uncertainty, work on the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden is well under way. When complete, the landmark building in the heart of London is expected to provide a home for the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The work, partly funded by a £55 million Arts Council National Lottery Board grant, includes rebuilding and extending the stage areas, incorporating a 50-m high fly tower. Three new ballet studios and a 400-seat auditorium will be built, along with new scenery storage, set construction and workshop areas.

Modernisation of the existing Grade I listed auditorium includes improving sightlines, increasing the number of seats and installing air conditioning.