A guide to Glyndebourne Festival 2018

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Thinking of coming to Glyndebourne Festival this year? Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the experience.

Our Festival 2018 trailer gives you a glimpse of a Festival day from start to finish to whet your appetite:

If you’re unfamiliar with the Glyndebourne experience, or just want to relive the thrill of a visit, let Vogue and Fashion Foie Gras talk you through the day.

Get your tickets sorted now

Photo: Bill Cooper

There is still good ticket availability for Saul, Vanessa and Pelléas et Mélisande, so get your guests together, find the date that works for you and get booking. Then you can start dreaming of your summer getaway.

Book now

Tickets for Madama Butterfly, Giulio Cesare and Der Rosenkavalier have sold out and are by returns only. Glyndebourne Members have first priority for Festival performances, so if you’d like earlier access to tickets for future Festivals, have a look at our Membership options.

Dine in style

Our 90 minute interval gives you the opportunity to relax in a beautiful setting and enjoy some fine dining.

For many, a picnic in the gardens is a quintessential part of the Glyndebourne experience. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, or order one from Leith’s, our official caterers, which you can pick up when you arrive. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage comes to Glyndebourne for the first time this year. Visit their pop-up delicatessen to top-up your picnic.

It’s best to find a picnic spot and set up before the start of the performance, so everything is ready and waiting for you when the interval comes. Alternatively you can go all out and arrange a porter service from Leith’s.

You can stock up on essential picnic accessories at our online shop, including comfy picnic rugs and cushions, tableware and picnic sets.

For those who prefer the great indoors, our three on site restaurants offer everything from afternoon teas to sumptuous fine dining. You can explore the menus and make a booking through the Leith’s at Glyndebourne website.

Dress to impress

Sam Stephenson

Our audiences enjoy combining the thrill of dressing up with the chance to be different for a day – we love to see formal or vintage attire, or the height of contemporary fashion.

Town & Country magazine have some great tips on dressing for Glyndebourne.

Looking for inspiration for how to do modern black tie? Look no further than this blog from The Frugality.

Make the most of your visit

There’s a lot to enjoy at Glyndebourne, so don’t forget to leave yourself enough time to see it all. The gardens open two hours before the start of the performance giving you ample opportunity to see everything we have to offer.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain and explore our 12 acres of gardens.

The stage at Glyndebourne extends far beyond the opera house. Innovative and striking art and exhibitions are part and parcel of a Festival visit. This year you can enjoy Erté at Glyndebourne – an exhibition in the Archive Gallery of influential Art Deco artist Erté’s original costumes and set designs from the 1980 production of Der Rosenkavalier.

We pay tribute to our former Artistic Director with Sir Peter Hall: The Visionary, a short film playing in the Organ Room.

Lastly, don’t forget to drop into our newly expanded Art Gallery (located by the Stalls entrance to the auditorium) which features the work of ten artists this year all of which are available to buy from our online shop.

Brush up on the operas

Shadric Toop painted collages, original photography by Clive Barda, Bill Cooper, Tristram Kenton, and Wikimedia Commons

Want to know more about what’s coming up on stage? Our Introducing… series offers an overview of essential information about each of this year’s productions:

Pelléas et Mélisande
Madama Butterfly
Der Rosenkavalier
Giulio Cesare

If you or someone you’re bringing is an opera first timer check out these Five things for opera newbies to know to bring yourself up to speed.

For a more in-depth guide, the Glyndebourne Podcast offers an insight into the themes and historical context of an opera with contributions from artists, experts and academics.

Let us take the stress out of the journey

Sam Stephenson

Glyndebourne is just outside of Lewes and a mere hour away from London by rail.

We take our green credentials very seriously and encourage as many audience members as possible to make the journey to Glyndebourne by train. A complimentary shuttle coach service will bring you to and from Lewes station.

The Glyndebourne coach has been a familiar sight for decades. Take a look back at a Festival trip, fifties-style in this now and then article.

For those who would rather make the journey by car, we have a large car park and even offer charging for electric cars. Check out more information on getting here.

From rare gems to Glyndebourne classics, Festival 2018 promises to be a vocal and visual feast – the very best in world-class opera.