You know that period before an opera begins when you settle in happy anticipation, riffling through the programme book, or catching up with your companion, or exercising your knees to let latecomers squeeze by.
Well, that period of contemplation is to be banished at the Coliseum.
English National Opera is seeking permission from Westminster City Council to create a ‘plain white painted area’ on its safety curtain, 12 x 6 metres high, to be ‘used as a projection surface pre-show and at the interval to project films showing the ENO forthcoming opera seasons’.
It is a short step from here to commercial advertising.
Rotten idea. Send your objections to Westminster now, or post them below.