One of the world’s great opera houses, not far from Tanglewood gatwick bed and breakfast
The house is thought to be around six hundred years old and is the site of a very well known opera house which, with the exception of its closure during the Second World War and for a few years after the war, has been the venue of the annual Glyndebourne Festival since 1934.
Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singing wife Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality. Glyndebourne has remained financially independent since 1934 and is still owned by members of the Christie family.
The theatre has been enlarged and improved many times since its initial construction. As early as 1936 its capacity was increased to 433, then by 1952 it held nearly 600, and finally, in 1977, it held 850 people. In addition, a rehearsal hall was constructed.
From Richard Strauss to Benjamin Britten
The old theatre hosted its last festival in 1992 before construction of a brand-new theatre began, which was completed at a cost of over £34 million. The design of the new theatre, a large brick oval building, has resulted in a four-level, horseshoe-shaped auditorium with main level seating, two balconies and a gallery topped with a circular roof, seating over 1,200 people.
The Glyndebourne Festival presents 6 productions each year and Glyndebourne on Tour takes 3 productions around the UK each autumn. Together they present 120 performances to around 150,000 people.
In May we have a guest coming to stay with us at Tanglewood gatwick bed and breakfast who is going to hear Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’. He tells us he has been to Glyndebourne before and says it is a marvellous venue for opera lovers.