The New Theatre

West Horsley Place is a Surrey demi-Eden: a 300-acre estate with a glorious sprawling 15th century house surrounded by formal gardens with secret corners, aged trees, box hedges and a majestic crinkle crankle wall. Behind the house, an ancient orchard opens into a glade: the setting for the new Theatre in the Woods.

A 99-year lease at West Horsley Place means a permanent home for the charity. The creation of a four-tier opera house modelled on La Scala, Milan, is probably the most thrilling thing happening in UK opera today.

Set within the Surrey Hills, we are 23 miles from London. Horsley Station is 1 mile away with trains from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction (45 mins; 4 trains per hour). Woking Station is 8 miles away (25 mins; 8 trains per hour).

Since its inception in 1998, Grange Park Opera has performed to some 300,000 people with more than 50 productions and 450 performances. In 18 festivals, it has become a treasured feature of the international operatic landscape.

Grange Park Opera’s unexpected need to reinvent itself has come to be the moment of its greatest good fortune, leading us to a larger stage.

We hope you share with us the excitement of this new venture.

Tales From the Theatrical Woods

Tales From the Theatrical Woods is the name of our regular newsletter charting the progress of our new Opera House: you can read old issues here, and subscribe to receive future mailings.

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Chapter 13
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The Theatre in the Woods

The brief was simple: to base the theatre upon one of the world’s most celebrated theatres, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The horseshoe design and volume created by four tiers of balconies will achieve a vibrant acoustic.

The Aesthetic

How does one reconcile a brand new opera theatre with a 15th century manor house? The decision to pursue a traditional horseshoe inspired by Teatro alla Scala in Milan was helpful. Placing the theatre in woodland close to, but concealed from, the historic house resolved the dilemma.

History of West Horsley Place

From a fatal quarrel with Henry VIII to the colourful divorce of society beauty Mary Duchess of Roxburghe, the beguiling West Horsley Place is a historical treasure...

Project Timeline

From hearing about West Horsley Place on Twitter to the opening night: read all about the progress of the UK's newest Opera House, The Theatre in the Woods.

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