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Opera House restoration enters next phase

19 January 2023

​A planning application for the restoration of Jersey Opera House has been submitted. 

The plans are to fully restore the Grade 2 listed building with a design that will add a modern glazed structure alongside the historic façade, while also improving accessibility and fire safety, protecting the iconic dome, redecorating the auditorium, and improving the dance studio, ticket office and lighting design. 

The £11.5 million, allocated in the Government Plan over 2023 and 2024, will ensure the Opera House not only is able to reopen safely, but will remain open as Jersey’s flagship theatre for years to come. 

The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Deputy Kirsten Morel, said: “The submission of this planning application is an important milestone for the redevelopment of Jersey Opera House. The plans demonstrate that once the refurbishment is complete we will have a fit for purpose state-of-the-art facility long into the future.

“While the renovations are carried out, we will be working closely with the Opera House Board to ensure the Island’s arts community are kept informed of progress and that alternative venues are secured for artistic events and performances while work is completed.” 

The Chair of Jersey Opera House Board Limited, Pierre Horsfall CBE, said: “The Opera House is a much-loved venue not only in the performing arts community but for all Islanders. A great deal of work has been happening behind the scenes to reach this point and I am delighted to see the plans are on track to reopen this much loved venue for Islanders once again.”

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