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.