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European Heritage Open Day Talks

Talks will be held in the Studio at the Grand Opera House

European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture.

Join us for an informal talk about the fascinating architecture, history and restoration of Belfast’s oldest Theatre, from its opening performance in December 1895 to the completion of its £12.2 million restoration this year. Hear about the world-famous stars who have performed on its stage, from Laurence Oliver to Darcey Bussell, and learn the secrets of the auditorium’s beautiful Oriental design as well as the near disasters that this stunning building has faced.

Having celebrated its 125th birthday last year with the biggest restoration project seen in a generation, the Grand Opera House is one of the most beautiful and culturally significant venues in Northern Ireland. It also has one of the most fascinating stories of any building in the country, including soaring highs like Luciano Pavarotti’s UK debut performance in 1963, and crashing lows such as the narrowly averted plan to demolish the near-derelict building in the 1970s. Some of the most famous entertainers from the worlds of drama, musical theatre, comedy, opera, ballet and pantomime have graced its stage, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and Morcambe and Wise, Darcey Bussell, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh to name but a few.

Don’t miss your chance to learn more about one of the jewels in the crown of Northern Ireland’s arts scene.

Please note, these talks will be held in the Studio at the Grand Opera House. Places are strictly limited, must be booked in advance and masks must be worn at all times.



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