The Royal Ballet School opens doors to general public as part of Open House 18 and 19 September
On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, The Royal Ballet School is once again participating in Open House, a city-wide celebration of London’s architecture, offering the general public access to hundreds of buildings, completely free of charge.
Last year, more than 500 people visited The Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden for Open House, including the famous Bridge of Aspiration which dramatically connects the School to the Royal Opera House. This year, with some external refurbishments underway at the Upper School, internal access to the Bridge of Aspiration may be limited, but visitors will still be able to join tours of the building to witness ballet demonstrations, watch film screenings and gain rare glimpses inside the dance studios and see a variety of costumes in the Wardrobe Department.
Building on last year’s success, the School is also opening the doors of the Lower School, White Lodge in Richmond Park as part of this year’s Open House, offering unprecedented tours into some of the stunning rooms of this 18th century former royal hunting lodge. Visitors will also be able to enjoy views of the White Lodge gardens with Richmond Park beyond and gain entry to the UK’s first permanent museum to ballet, White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre which opened in February 2009. White Lodge has been home to The Royal Ballet Lower School since 1955. Please note opening times below:
Entry is free, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that some queuing will be necessary.
The Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 10.00am-1.00pm
The Royal Ballet Upper School, Floral Street, Covent Garden.
Sunday 19 September 10.30am-4.30pm
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