NEW! Spend a Penny for Grange Park Opera’s Lavatorium Rotundum



Grange Park Opera’s Spend a Penny Campaign

Phase two of the Theatre in the Woods Appeal announced

The summer of 2017 saw the beginning of something truly extraordinary taking shape in the woods of West Horsley Place when Grange Park Opera opened for its debut season in its glorious purpose-built theatre – the first new opera house of the 21st Century.

Created entirely by private donations and built in the space of 11 months, Grange Park Opera proves how much can be achieved with unflagging determination and broad support.

With this in mind, GPO is now ready to announce phase 2 of its launch appeal which will see the full vision realised in time to welcome more visitors to this magical venue.

Phase one saw GPO achieve donations of £10m and 90% of the building works accomplished – creating a functioning opera house in under one year in time for the grand opening in June 2017.

Phase two aims to raise a further £4m in order to complete the beautiful theatre and ensure the future of Grange Park Opera with a £2.5m endowment fund. Improvements will include cross- gartered brickwork for the exterior, a fanfare balcony, larch cladding around the dressing rooms and ‘tweaks’ to the interior staircases and vestibules under the expert eye of Nicky Haslam.

We couldn’t hang on any longer . . .

The centre-piece of the Phase two appeal is the creation of the marvellous Lavatorium Rotundum: a circular masterpiece of a lavatory, built around a black poplar tree in the venerable orchards of West Horsley Place.

With more than 14,000 visitors in the opening year, we wouldn’t want anyone to be caught short and the Lavatorium Rotundum provides a masterpiece in response to an absolute necessity, following the axiom of the great William Morris “Have nothing in your house that you do not know  to be useful, or believe to be  beautiful.”

Everything will be in place in time for the opening of the 2018 season: 7 June – 14 July

  • Rogers & Hammerstein’s masterpiece, Oklahoma!
  • Gounod’s heart-rending Roméo et Juliette
  • Verdi’s dramatic tale of intrigue Un Ballo in

The orchestra of English National Opera will be playing for the two operas.

More about the campaign visit

For more about Grange Park Opera in 2018 click here.

Print Friendly


Leave a Reply

Recent Reviews


Season Previews

  • NEW! Opera and More in Buenos Aires in 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! Gloucester Choral Society’s Hubert Parry’s Centenary Celebrations in May 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! Ex Cathedra at St John’s Smith Square’s 2017 Christmas Festival __________________________________
  • NEW! Spend a Penny for Grange Park Opera’s Lavatorium Rotundum __________________________________
  • NEW! Bampton Classical Opera in 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! The 2018 Lucerne Summer Festival __________________________________
  • NEW! World Premiere of The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu in December at Milton Court __________________________________
  • NEW! Leeds Lieder’s Forthcoming Schubert Song Series in Leeds and Sheffield __________________________________
  • UPDATED! English National Ballet’s 2017 – 2018 Season __________________________________
  • NEW! Contemporary Music from Manchester’s Psappha in 2017-18 __________________________________
  • NEW! I Musicanti’s ‘Alexandra and the Russians’ at St Johns Smith Square, 2017-18 __________________________________
  • NEW! Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov’s Return to London in May 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! St John’s Smith Square announces its 2017/18 Season __________________________________
  • NEW! The Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2017/18 Season in Berlin __________________________________
  • UPDATED! The Glyndebourne Opera Cup and Glyndebourne in 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 Season __________________________________
  • UPDATED! English National Opera’s 2017/18 Season __________________________________
  • Subscribe to Review Summary Newsletter

    Reviews by Reviewer

    News and Featured Articles

  • NEW! Dénes Várjon Talks to Sebastian Smallshaw About Budapest’s __________________________________
  • R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM – DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (1962-2017) __________________________________
  • NEW! Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A Part of Opera: Passion, Power and Politics __________________________________
  • NEW! Carly Paoli is ‘Singing My Dreams’ at the Cadogan Hall in February 2018 __________________________________
  • NEW! A Composer Speaks Up for the Environment: An Interview with Margaret Brouwer __________________________________
  • NEW! Twelve Years of Celebrating Malcolm Arnold in Northampton __________________________________
  • NEW! What is the Critic’s Job? A Review of A. O. Scott’s Recent Book __________________________________
  • NEW! English Music Festival in Yorkshire Lifts the Lid Off an English Treasury __________________________________
  • NEW! A FULLY STAGED PILGRIM’S PROGRESS IN ORLEANS, MA __________________________________
  • NEW! JIŘÍ BĔLOHLÁVEK (1946-2017) AND THE CZECH CONDUCTING LEGACY __________________________________
  • NEW! JUSTIN DOYLE DISCUSSES MONTEVERDI WITH MARK BERRY __________________________________
  • NEW! Katie Lowe Wins the 2017 Elizabeth Connell Prize __________________________________
  • NEW! ITINÉRAIRE BAROQUE 2017: TON KOOPMAN TALKS TO COLIN CLARKE __________________________________
  • NEW! The Royal Opera House in Mumbai is Restored to its Former Glory __________________________________
  • Archives by Week

    Archives by Month

    Search S&H