Glyndebourne Opera House, Near Lewes

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Glyndebourne Opera House
Near Lewes
East Sussex

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Prices: From ?10 standing to ?230 stalls
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Glyndebourne is famous for its outstanding operatic performances, but parts of the house are said to date back to the 1600s. Over the years much has changed at the old house.

During the Second World War, the estate was used to house evacuees from east London.

Glyndebourne Opera House began when the owner John Christie held regular music events in the house, this developed whilst he honeymooned with his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay in Salzburg.

This trip inspired John Christie to bring professional opera to the house and bring Glyndebourne to life. John wanted to bring the beauty and passion of the opera to the south coast and it was there that Glyndebourne Opera House in Lewes was founded in 1934. Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences. Crucially, Glyndebourne Opera House has remained financially independent since 1934.

Although it receives valued Arts Council support for the Tour and some educational work, the Festival receives no public subsidy. Glyndebourne is a registered charity, funded by box office income, its members and supporters.

The Glyndebourne Festival presents six productions each year in a 1,200 seat opera house built in 1994. Glyndebourne on Tour founded in 1968, takes three productions around the UK each autumn. Together, Festival and Tour present about 120 performances a year to an audience of around 150,000. Glyndebourne's widely respected Education Programme, established in 1986, hosts over 230 community and outreach events a year. Glyndebourne Opera House has pioneered using recordings to bring its work to a worldwide audience through broadcasts, cinema screenings, DVDs and internet streaming.

At the centre of your visit is exceptional opera, however, a trip to Glyndebourne is no ordinary day out. From the moment you arrive mid-afternoon there is plenty to do before the performance begins. Our gardens are undergoing constant renewal with the updating of borders and the introduction of new plants. Similarly the Stalls Art Gallery and Archive have rotating exhibitions throughout the year and are well worth a look to add to your Glyndebourne experience. If you're picnicking, find a good spot to leave your things then feel free go and explore.

The Opera House is purported to be haunted by the friendly ghost of a small child in old fashioned clothing.

Directions to Glyndebourne Opera House
Glyndebourne Opera House is 54 miles south of London. Take the M23 towards Brighton then the A27 towards Lewes. To avoid Lewes town centre pass over the first roundabout and at the second roundabout turn onto the A26 Tunbridge Wells road. Just after leaving Lewes fork right onto the B2192, and take the next right turn before Ringmer village, signposted to Glyndebourne. We encourage all of our visitors to consider using the well connected train services with Glyndebourne and provide a free bus services from the station.

The sat nav users, the Opera House post code is BN8 5UU. For directions to Glyndbourne Opera House from your current location, enter your post code in the box below the map.