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Every year we welcome around 300,000 people to the Grand Opera House, and although we are closing our doors for ten months during the restoration project we have ambitious plans to bring the Theatre to as many people in all parts of Northern Ireland as possible!

Between January and September 2020, we will deliver more than 200 events to people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the country. These will include talks about the history and heritage of the Theatre, and workshops for children, adults and seniors covering all things theatrical from drama and poetry to dance and musical theatre.

When the Grand Opera House reopens towards the end of 2020 it will house our first ever permanent exhibition telling some of the fascinating stories that make up its 125-year history. In anticipation of this we will be bringing a smaller (but equally fascinating!) touring exhibition to communities across Northern Ireland, and between June and September we will also install an exhibition about the history of panto in the Ulster Museum.

When it opened in 1895, the full name of the Theatre was the New Grand Opera House and Cirque, and in recognition of the role that circus played in the early decades of the Theatre’s history we will put on a short summer season of circus performances in a Grand Opera House Big Top in Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens will also be the location for this year’s Family Festival, which will be held over the last weekend in July.

Keep an eye on social media and the What’s On pages for more information about events happening near you!




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