Grand Opera House Restoration 2020

21st January 2020

On Sunday 12 January 2020 the curtain temporarily came down on the Grand Opera House as its most ambitious restoration project in a generation commenced. The restoration of the Grand Opera House, costing £11 million and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will see state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems being installed. The restored facility will also include a glamorous new crush bar in the repaired and restored 1980 glass extension on the Great Victoria Street facade.

The Grand Opera House opened in 1895 as the ‘Cirque and Grand Opera House’. Since its opening the venue has hosted many of the world’s greatest entertainers, including Laurel and Hardy, Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, Gracie Fields, Sarah Bernhardt and Luciano Pavarotti, who made his UK debut there.

The Grand Opera House will continue to provide high quality entertainment after it reopens in late 2020 ahead of its 125th birthday in December, with the first show scheduled to play will be the pantomime Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

We look forward to welcoming back a fully restored and modernised Grand Opera House to the Linen Quarter at the end of 2020.