Royal Opera House to stage LGBT+ tourNews
Never afraid to come last, the ROH is planning guided tours that ‘celebrate the contribution to its history by LGBT+ figures’, according to The Stage magazine.
Well, the gay bit will be easy to roll out, starting with the founding manager David Webster (who lived above the shop) and any number of famous dancers and choreographers, designers and (mostly closeted) singers. When writing my history of the house, I was lavishly assisted by members of formerly secret gay cliques, all eager to spill beans.
That said, I cannot recall anyone of significance in the post-War era who was openly trans.
Maybe Gabriela Gandolfini, the ROH head of visitor experience, can elighten us?