Exclusive: Covent Garden bans under-16s from its next operaNews
People who have bought tickets for Handel’s Theodora, opening on January 31, are being warned not to bring the kids:
Dear Mr X,
Thank you for booking to see The Royal Opera’s new production of Theodora. We’re looking forward to sharing this ground-breaking new take on a Handel classic, directed by the ever-radical Katie Mitchell, which views the story through the lens of contemporary religious terrorism, and gives a modern, feminist context to the work.
As we approach the final stages of the rehearsal process, we feel we should let you know that we are now recommending the production to audiences over the age of 16, owing to its explicit presentation of scenes of sexual violence, harassment and exploitation and its evocation of themes of terrorism.
The message goes on, ridiculously, to say: ‘Help us to make the Royal Opera House a space where everyone feels welcome.’
The ROH is acting like a captainless ship.