Rough guide to Glyndebourne
What is the Glyndebourne Festival?
A summer opera festival that takes place at Glyndebourne, a country house in the Sussex countryside. The Festival is famous for its beautiful setting and productions. Glyndebourne was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay, who decided to build a theatre next to their manor house. For more information on the history of Glyndebourne go to the Glyndebourne Archive.
What else does Glyndebourne do?
Glyndebourne on Tour takes three productions to theatres around the country each autumn. The Tour is important because it allows people who can’t get to Glyndebourne to see productions and because it helps young singers get their break. Glyndebourne’s Education department run lots of education projects, which help people to discover more about opera. Most of Glyndebourne Education’s projects are for young people, but it works with different groups of all ages. Study days and talks are also organised by the department.
What is the theatre like?
The theatre is very light and modern inside, with wooden panelling, and holds an audience of 1,200. The atmosphere is very exciting; even if you have been to other opera houses, you probably won’t have been to one in the middle of a beautiful garden. The gardens are carefully planted with trees and flowers to look their best during the summer, when the Festival takes place; Glyndebourne is probably the only opera house in the world which has sheep and cows as neighbours! More pictures of Glyndebourne can be seen on our Flickr page.
What if I need some help when I’m there?
There are always plenty of ushers to help; they can be easily spotted by the red ribbons around their necks. There is also an Information Office near the bar and the Box Office staff are always pleased to help.
What should I wear?
During the Festival people are encouraged to look as smart as they can, with long dresses for the ladies and dinner jackets for the gents. But at other times the atmosphere is less formal; you can wear what you like, although it's always fun to dress to impress ...
How can I prepare for my visit?
For more detailed information go to the Your Visit section or phone Glyndebourne Information on 01273 815000.
How can I get to Glyndebourne?
By car: Glyndebourne is 54 miles from London; the best route to take is the M23 to Brighton, then the A27 towards Lewes. Avoid Lewes town centre – take the A26 in the direction of Tunbridge Wells, then turn right onto the B2192. Glyndebourne is signposted to the right just before you enter the village of Ringmer.
By train: the nearest stations are Lewes (4 miles) and Brighton (11 miles). Trains operate out of London Victoria and there are coach connections to and from Glyndebourne.