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Royal Opera House unveils first season in redesigned Linbury Theatre

The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Theatre. Photo: Hufton and Crow The Royal Opera House's redesigned Linbury Theatre. Photo: Hufton and Crow
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Regent’s Park artistic director Timothy Sheader will make his Royal Opera House debut next year directing a children’s opera that will help launch the new Linbury Theatre.

Its programme of dance and opera also features productions directed and choreographed by Ivo van Hove, Adele Thomas, Aletta Collins and Wayne McGregor, among others.

Formerly the Linbury Studio Theatre, the 400-seat auditorium acts as the Opera House’s second space and has been revamped over the past two years as part of the London organisation’s £50 million pound Open Up project.

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The Linbury will officially reopen in December and its first opera production will be a new show for young audiences adapted from Francesca Simon’s novel for teens, The Monstrous Child.

It will have music by Gavin Higgins and be directed by Sheader, artistic director of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London.

It receives its world premiere in February, conducted by Jessica Cottis.

Later in the opera programme, Van Hove makes his Royal Opera House debut, with his production of The Diary of One Who Disappeared, which is produced by Belgian company Muziektheater Transparant and will have its UK premiere in the Linbury in June.

Thomas directs a new staging of Handel’s Berenice, which is being produced in March for the first time at Covent Garden since its premiere in 1737.

It will be sung in a new English translation.

The season also includes two productions by South African lyric theatre company Isango Ensemble, which presents revivals of A Man of Good Hope and SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill.

The Royal Ballet will kick off its programme in February with a programme called New Work New Music, which features Blue Moon by director and choreographer Collins. It will feature an ensemble of female dancers, and is set to a score by David Sawer.

New Work New Music also includes other music pieces set to dance for the first time, from choreographers including Goya Montero, Kristen McNally and Alex Whitley.

The Royal Ballet programme also includes Trio Concert Dance presented by Olivier award-winning dancer Alessandra Ferri and US dancer Herman Cornejo.

It will feature a bill of choreographers including McGregor, Russell Maliphant, Demis Volpi, Fang-Yi Sheu and Angelin Preljocaj.

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