A statement following the Just Stop Oil protest at Glyndebourne
We are very sorry to everyone whose visit to Glyndebourne was affected by the protest action today. Our highest priority was the safety and security of everyone on site and we would like to thank our staff and performers, whose calm and professional response kept everyone safe and disruption to a minimum.
At approximately 5.31pm, today’s performance of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites was disrupted by three protestors who let off a confetti bomb, blew an air horn and started shouting. The stage was immediately cleared and within less than a minute ushers had peacefully escorted the protesters from the theatre.
The audience remained inside the theatre and were provided with regular updates and, following a 21 minute delay, the opera restarted at approximately 5.52pm.
We have formally reported the incident to the police but the police were not on site and no arrests were made.
15 June 2023, 7.00pm