Go behind the scenes at Glydebourne


World famous opera house Glyndebourne will throw open the doors to backstage areas normally off limits to the public on Saturday October 11.

A wealth of activities will give visitors an insight into what it really takes to make world-class opera come alive.

Guests can ​get their face painted with stage make-up, tread the boards and discover the inner workings of the La Traviata set up-close.

Beyond the stage, visitors can get green fingered with Glyndebourne’s gardening team and learn about the history of the opera house.

Children aged seven to ten and their families can also enjoy a new Glyndebourne opera Songs About Us.

Three musicians will take the audience through eight gripping stories set to music by some of the world’s greatest songwriters.

Choose to direct, sing and act with the performers or simply watch the mayhem unfold.

David Pickard, Glyndebourne’s general director, said: “I’m delighted that we are once again able to give families the chance to get a glimpse of what goes on backstage at Glyndebourne and to meet some of the people who work here.

“This is a great opportunity for people who have never been here before to discover more about what we do, and for parents to introduce their children to the magical world of opera.”

The Family Day (10am to 3pm) is supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme.