Victorian master The Grand Opera House was designed by the leading Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham and opened on 23 December 1895. Many of the world’s leading actors, singers, dancers and entertainers have appeared on its stage, including Charlie Chaplin, Sarah Bernhardt, Laurence Olivier, Vera Lynn, Luciano Pavarotti, Darcey Bussell, and Laurel and Hardy. Speaking about the completion of the project, Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House said, “The Grand Opera House was last restored 40 years ago, and we are delighted that this vital project for the Belfast arts scene has been completed.
“The restoration of the iconic and unique 1895 auditorium is stunning and maximises the beauty of the original architecture. Alongside the transformation of the public areas and facilities within the building, theatregoers will have a much- improved experience from the minute they walk through our doors.” With fifty years of experience behind them, William Coates can undertake electrical projects of any size and any value. The Newtownabbey-based firm has built a dedicated team around its four core values of quality, value, service and delivery in all aspects of electrical engineering. This has enabled
“The restoration of the iconic and unique 1895 auditorium is stunning and maximises the beauty of the original architecture.”
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