Interview with Alex Beard, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House's Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop at High House, Essex

Future Cities Forum was delighted to interview Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House this week, on the planned online arts programme during the Covid-19 outbreak and his involvement in the future of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor.

Alex Beard is also Chair of High House Production Park in the borough of Thurrock, Essex. High House has brought education and job opportunities to the borough. The council has now been given £75 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to begin development of Purfleet as a new town - soon to be re-named, Purfleet-on-Thames.

'High House is a hugely important part of the Royal Opera House story. My connection is twofold as I am Chair of the production park and also Chief Executive of the ROH. What makes High House so special is the range of facilities and expertise. We have a world leading set production and scene painting workshop, a heritage costume collection and costume centre, and there is a BA in costume design course on site with South Essex College and the University of the Arts Londo