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Address: Lewes BN8 5UU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1273 815000
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Backstage tours are available from November to March. The summer Festival...

Backstage tours are available from November to March. The summer Festival runs from May to August. The autumn Tour runs through October before taking the productions to venues across the UK.

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Fabulous. A must do at least nice if you can

We attended the opening night of La Traviatta this year and it was a tremendous evening. The gardens in mid - May, after some heavy ran the week before, were absolutely... read more

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Royston, United Kingdom
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Royston, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We attended the opening night of La Traviatta this year and it was a tremendous evening. The gardens in mid - May, after some heavy ran the week before, were absolutely magnificent and full of picnicking opera goers in their black ties and evening dresses. This is a quintessentially English experience and if you are lucky with the weather (as... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a youngster I use to sing here and have been involved in a couple of operas singing in front of the queen. Since it's transformation and modernization it definitely hasn't lost its charm and still has the charismatic Wallop Halls with a tree growing in the middle. Sadly the old opera house is no more due to expansion and... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A wonderful day filled with background insights into the working of opera . All the staff were extremely welcoming and informative

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have been to Glyndebourne on many occasions and I have to say it always a wonderful experience. The opera is excellent and what could be nicer than having a picnic and champagne in a beautiful English country setting. It is such an experience, even if you are not a great opera fan! I thoroughly recommend it.

1 Thank Christine S
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A backstage tour at Glyndebourne proved to be a really interesting and informative way to spend a morning. The guide was truly excellent and brought us all in touch with many aspects of staging a production and the family history associated with this venue. The whole visit was superbly organised....including the chance to be "on stage", albeit to an empty... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and was amazed at the size of the backstage area. It was full of scenery and machinery of all shapes and sizes. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. Our group asked many questions and she answered everything. We also saw the dressing rooms and various costumes and wigs in the Green Room.... More 

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 December 2016

After coffee we had a preliminary talk in the organ room before going backstage of the theatre, looking at costumes, learning how wigs are made and standing on the stage looking out at the auditorium where we have sat so many times over the last fifty years. A very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide showed us round. Lots of work... More 

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Hove England
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

45 members of our Hove u3a had an amazing visit to the backstage of this amazing world class facility on our doorstep. Starting in the historic Organ Room with refreshments, we were led by an excellent guide who explained the workings of the Opera House and we saw the huge stage and scenery docks firsthand and were able to see... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We went to see a Mozart opera, Don Giovanni. Whilst we appreciate that the Glyndebourne festival is a summer event, we were shocked that there was not adequate provision for the unpredictable English weather. We, and numerous others, were complaining about how cold it was, even in the auditorium, which is completely unnecessary. We ordered some white wine at the... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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413 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

After the summer season of operas, Glyndebourne goes touring, but starts with a 'home' production. We were lucky enough to see the soon-to-be-touting production of Don Giovanni which was stunning: simple , flexible set, youngish singers with great voice and the unparalleled acoustic of the theatre. If you get a chance to see this near you this Autumn, don't miss... More 

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