• Royal Opera House
  • Design of interior of Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre

Radical Opening up of London's World-Famous Opera House

Royal Opera House


Project summary


The Open-Up project at the Royal Opera House is driven by the desire to welcome a new generation of audiences to the building, to experience the unique sense of occasion it offers, as well as the programme of productions and activities taking place within. Central to Open-Up is the radical re-imagining of the 400-seat Linbury Theatre. Enhancing the audience experience and introducing a level of flexibility more in keeping with the mixed programme accommodated in the space.


Charcoalblue is working alongside Stanton Williams Architects and the Opera House in developing the scheme for the theatre, adjacent foyer and technical spaces.


Following a detailed feasibility study in which careful consultation was conducted with the company’s artistic, technical and commercial teams, the project has been designed in detail to stage 4 and is now in the process of being tendered. Charcoalblue has led the designs for the remodelled Linbury Theatre, increasing the level of audience comfort whilst offering improved sightlines, greater levels of flexibility and improved technical infrastructure. Included are new stage lighting, audio-visual, seating and stage engineering systems. The wider project aims to make the ROH’s creative, technical and education work more visible to public.