December 2023

Christmas - Backstage at Covent Garden

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023 - 10:00
The Norfolk Building
The South of England Show Ground Ardingly RH17 6TH
Online Event

The festive season at this famous venue

Every year the Royal Opera House puts on a season of Christmas shows: the Royal Ballet in Nutcracker and Cinderella, the Royal Opera in any piece with a folk tale theme, and either genre if it features snow. How do we cope with all those magic coaches and snow bags? Not to say 17 Sugar Plums, 12 Princes, and the entire Lower Ballet School backstage?  This talk takes you into the wings, down the traps and under the stage as our legendary Christmas Tree is moved on to its lift. Based on interviews and live video clips, it is updated every year. 


Miss Sarah Lenton

Sarah Lenton has spent her working life in the theatre: her principal employers are the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Garsington Opera. She writes programme articles, radio and play scripts, gives lectures on the operas and ballets in the rep. and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radios 3 and 4. She is also a cartoonist. All the talks listed come with audio and/or video clips. As the technology for sound reproduction is in a very fluid state, I bring reliable kit for this by car and can adapt to the Society’s technical set up as necessary.