Béatrice et Bénédict theatre set, by Barbara de Limburg


Barbara de Limburg has designed the set for Béatrice et Bénédict, an opera dating back to 1862, with new look costumes and a grey-on-grey colour scheme.

Messina, where the opera is set, is a toy-town of boxes that allow characters to pop in and out of flaps in the sides.

While Béatrice and Bénédict gradually accept that they are really in love, de Limburg’s boxes – of every size, shape and description – aim to represent the confining institution of marriage they seek to escape.

De Limburg produces imaginative sets and collaborates with directors for both theatre and opera.

There are 12 performances between 23 July and 27 August as part of the Glyndebourne Festival 2016, which marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.

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