Revamped Opera House reopens

SPRUCED UP: The lavishly redecorated Opera House interior
SPRUCED UP: The lavishly redecorated Opera House interior. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

R30m facelift gives new lease of life, extra space, to historic Bay theatre

AFTER months of construction, dust and delays, the iconic Port Elizabeth Opera House will reopen its doors to the public with a music concert tomorrow night following the completion of a R30-million facelift.

The project, which lasted 18 months, includes a refurbished Barn theatre with modern finishes, new chandeliers and a suspended staircase.

Opera House general manager Monde Ngonyama said he was very happy with the end product.

Even though it did not include everything he had hoped to have done, he was pleased nonetheless.

“The building exudes openness and through our new floor-to-ceiling glass finishes, it flows all the way through to the Donkin [Reserve].

“The building is a conduit of expression and the extensions and additions enhance the building and allow for transparency with institutions and people,” Ngonyama said.

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