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Want free tickets to Grange Park Opera? Just dress as a badger

Artist's impression of Grange Park Opera’s new £10 million venue the Theatre in the Woods, currently in construction. Photo: Grange Park Opera
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Opera fans who dress up as woodland animals will be given free tickets to shows at the first new opera house to be built in the UK in the 21st century.

The announcement comes as the first images are released of Grange Park Opera’s new £10 million venue the Theatre in the Woods, which is currently in construction.

Pictures show the exterior and interior of the 700-seat building, which is located on a country estate in Surrey owned by former University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne.

The Theatre in the Woods is based on the architecture of the renowned Teatro alla Scala in Italy, and the new venue will be ready to open in time for this year’s summer season.

Wasfi Kani, founder and chief executive at Grange Park Opera, has allocated a box in the theatre for guests dressed up as wildlife, such as foxes or badgers.

Seats have to be pre-booked and fans need to email a picture of their wildlife costumes beforehand to Grange Park Opera, and Kani will judge the best ones.

Grange Park Opera announced it was to leave its current base at the Grange estate in Hampshire following its 2016 festival, after failing to reach an agreement with landlords over a new rent deal.

The opera company has secured a 99-year leasehold on the land at West Horsley Place.

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