English National Opera is holding its first ‘yard sale’ of costumes and props in a decade
6 July 2023, 16:54 | Updated: 6 July 2023, 18:02
It’s your chance to take home one-of-a-kind costumes and props made for the opera stage.
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This weekend, the English National Opera is opening up its archives to the public, for a one-off sale.
Members of the public will be able to pick up items crafted for the great opera stage, from sparkling costumes and wedding dresses to vintage furniture and eye-catching props – including, but not limited to, a giant lizard.
The sale, which is the ENO’s first in a decade, is perfect for opera enthusiasts and cultural collectors who would like to take a piece of the English National Opera home with them.
With a treasure trove of theatrical thingamajigs to rummage through, it appears there will be something for everyone.
Prices start at £5 and the one-off sale will be held for only two days this weekend.
Among the props being sold off is a large devil head, which was made for a production of Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz in 2014, though it never made it to the stage.
Other props include a giant bear, made for a production of Alban Berg’s Lulu in 2016, and an exotic bird display case made for a run of Verdi’s La Traviata.
The free-to-enter sale, which will take place on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July at Stonelake Industrial Park, is intended to help make space within the opera company’s archives, as new productions arrive on the horizon.
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