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07 November 2017Freemasons' Hall and Royal Opera House backstage tour

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Freemasons' Hall and Royal Opera House backstage tour
Tuesday 07 November 2017

This tour is now fully booked.

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist please email chdfas.visits@gmail.com.

Completed in 1933 the present Freemasons’ Hall is the third building on the site and is one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England. It is Grade II listed (both externally and internally) and was completed in 1933 as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England (Grand Lodge has been in Great Queen Street since 1775) and is the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. There is a small museum and library and our tour includes the Grand Temple and ceremonial areas.

 Free time for lunch in Covent Garden.

This afternoon we visit the Backstage and the Front of House areas of the Royal Opera House as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance of Donizetti’s opera ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’. The tour includes an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre and gives an insight into its re-development and aspects of current productions. Since the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, areas covered depend very much on what is possible on the day. It may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation, although this cannot be guaranteed.

The tour will start at 10.45am and finish around 3.45pm. Cost £18.00 per person.

If you have any questions regarding this trip please email chdfas.visits@gmail.com.