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Our vision

We want to ‘open up’ the Royal Opera House, with our building physically embodying our core values of creativity, excellence and theatricality

There will be no changes made to the main stage which will be open throughout the works, with the performance schedule operating as normal.
Key enhancements will include:

  • A new café and improved bars – relaxing spaces in the heart of London to grab a drink, whether or not you’re coming to a show, or enjoy a range of light bites. Free wifi will be offered.
  • A refurbished restaurant – Enjoy a stunning meal in an iconic venue, whether or not you’re coming to a show.
  • A redesigned Linbury Theatre – The West End’s newest and most intimate theatre
  • An improved Shop – a destination in its own right with a bespoke product offer
  • Exciting architectural redevelopment of our front of house spaces – incredible spaces brought to life with displays and collections drawing on the Royal Opera House’s heritage.
  • A new Front of House programme – Taster and full-length live performance in our front of house areas, as well as workshops and interactive digital content.

Project team

Project Office

  • Sarah Younger (Project Director)
  • Belinda Cameron (Programme Manager)
  • Harriet Pridmore (Project Co-ordinator)
  • Tony Wilson (External Project Manager)
  • Heidi Weeks (External Project Manager)
  • Lynn Oldfield (Project Accountant)

Design Team

Construction Managers

Open Up Advisory Committee

Open Up Project Board

  • Chair: Sally O’Neill (COO)
  • Heather Walker (Project Director, Visitor Experience)
  • Jillian Barker (Director of Learning & Participation)
  • Belinda Cameron (Open Up Programme Manager)
  • Mindy Kilby (Director of Finance)
  • Hazel Province (Director of Planning)
  • Amanda Saunders (Director of Development)
  • Lucy Sinclair (Director of Audiences and Media)
  • Sarah Younger (Open Up Project Director)

Open Up Finance and Procurement Board

  • Chair: Mindy Kilby (Director of Finance)
  • Jonathan Deans (Cost Consultant), Sally O’Neill (COO), Tony Wilson (External Project Manager), Sarah Younger (Open Up Project Director)
  • Lynn Oldfield (Project Accountant)