The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, it is renowned for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Ades.
Some of the most famous singers of all time have performed with the Company including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufman, Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.
The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, founded in 2001, offers exceptionally talented professional singers a tailored programme of coaching and performance opportunities and many of its graduates are now seen regularly on the international stage.
The Duchess Theatre is a theatre in West End of London. The theatre opened on 25th November, 1929 and is one of the smallest ''proscenium arched'' West End theatres. It has 479 seats on two levels.
Notable productions at The Duchess Theatre include Noel Coward''s Blithe Spirit, which transferred from the Piccadilly Theatre to the St. James Theatre before moving to the Duchess Theatre where it completed a record run of 1,997 performances in 1942. Tom Eyen''s The Dirtiest Show in Town, which ran for just under 800 performances in the 1970s.
Oh! Calcutta!, which transferred to The Duchess Theatre from the Royalty Theatre in December 1974. Oh! Calcutta! remained at the Duchess until 1980.
The Players Theatre Company presented their Late Joys Victorian Music Hall programme between 1987 and 1990 Marc Camoletti''s Don''t Dress For Dinner which transferred to the Duchess from the Apollo Theatre in October 1992 and stayed until 1st March, 1997.
The Royal Shakespeare Company''s The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan which ran for six months from April to October 1997.
The Lyceum Theatre is a 2,000-seat West End theatre located in the City of Westminster, on Wellington Street, just off the Strand. There has been a theatre with this name in the locality since 1765, and the present site opened on 14 July 1834 to a design by Samuel Beazley. The building was unique in that it had a balcony overhanging the circle. It was built by the partnership of Peto & Grissell.
The present building retains Beazley's façade and grand portico, but the theatre behind is substantially to the 1904 design of Bertie Crewe, restored to theatrical use in 1996 by Holohan Architects, after a long period of use as a Mecca Ballroom.
The venue has been home to many famous shows in its long history, from brand new plays to groundbreaking musicals. The theatre was the home to many London premieres of hit Broadway musicals such as Oklahoma! (1946), South Pacific (1951), My Fair Lady and A Chorus Line (1976). Recent musicals that have been staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane include Miss Saigon running for a successful ten years from 1989, and a musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings from 2007 to 2008. More recently Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Oliver! opened at the venue starring Rowan Atkinson as Fagin and the people’s Nancy Jodie Prenger after winning the BBC talent search ‘I’d Do Anything’. The venue has also been the host to various award ceremonies such as the Olivier Awards as well as galas and concerts of music icons.
The theatre is also one of London’s most haunted venues with ‘The Man in Grey’ wandering the venue looking like an 18th Century nobleman. Seeing the figure is supposed to bring good luck to the performer, unlike the luck of the figure himself who is said to be the ghost of a man murdered at the venue…
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Buckingham Palace, London, GLN SW1A 1AA
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