Customer NoticeThe Grand Opera House is currently closed for restoration and is scheduled to reopen in Autumn 2021, subject to government guidance. New shows for the 2021/22 season will be announced in the coming months, and tickets will be available to buy on this site. We look forward to welcoming you back later this year!
History, heritage and restoration films
While the Theatre is closed for restoration, we’re putting together a series of videos looking at the fascinating 125-year history of the Grand Opera House. More videos will be added over the coming months, so don’t forget to check back in regularly!
The Curtain Falls
In January 2020, as the curtain fell on the final performance of Beauty and the Beast, the Grand Opera House closed for its most ambitious restoration and development project in a generation. In this video, Chief Executive Ian Wilson describes the work required to restore the Theatre to its original 1895 splendor.
Live On Stage - In The Spotlight
Over its 125-year history, the Grand Opera House has welcomed many of the biggest stars of the day. In this first Live On Stage video, we look at the solo entertainers from Charlie Chaplin to Alan Partridge who have graced the stage.
Live On Stage - The Stars Of The Shows
In this second part of Live On Stage we look at some of the famous faces who have appeared in plays, musicals, opera, ballet and panto since 1895, from Luciano Pavarotti to Laurence Olivier.
The Memory Bank Project
As the Grand Opera House approaches its 125th anniversary, we are collecting your stories and memories about the Theatre. This video gives a taste of what you have sent us so far, and if you feel inspired then please get in touch to tell us about your own memories!
Restoring the Past
At the heart of the restoration and development project is the painstaking work undertaken by our expert restorers from Decowell, to repair, repaint and conserve the ceiling and beautiful decorative features in the 1895 auditorium. This short video looks at the fantastic work that has been carried out by the restoration team ahead of the Theatre’s reopening in 2021.
The Men behind the Magic
The Grand Opera House was built 125 years ago thanks to the vision of two men: theatre owner Joseph Warden and architect Frank Matcham. This short film looks at their lives, and the importance of this beautiful Theatre to their legacy.
What’s OnSee All
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In January 2020 the Grand Opera House embarked on its most ambitious restoration and development project in 40 years, aiming to return the beautiful 1895 auditorium to its original splendour, tell the Theatre’s fascinating history and improve customer facilities.Learn about the Restoration
Workshops and Visits in 2020
While the Theatre was closed for restoration works we had planned to deliver our biggest ever community outreach project in every part of Northern Ireland, including talks, workshops, school projects, exhibitions and performances. As a result of covid restrictions, these had to be cancelled but be assured we are working once again on a fantastic programme to be presented as soon as we are able.Discover more
Share your memories
As part of the restoration project we are collecting memories and memorabilia from audiences of all ages. We’d love to hear your stories about favourite performers and performances, or if you have treasured posters, photos or other items relating to the history of the Theatre.Add your memory
Latest NewsSee All
Live on Stage Part 1: In the Spotlight
Do you have a favourite show, production or performer that you have seen on the…Read More
Frank Matcham – 100 years on from the death of a master architect
Today marks the centenary of the death of Frank Matcham, perhaps the greatest theatre architect…Read More
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