The opportunity of a free inspection of the whole interior was too much to turn down so we waited in line for 45 minutes to go in.
Whilst waiting, we could admire the outside which is grand a beautiful, but with a curved glass roof that doesn't quite fit in to the structure. But it all held a great appeal.
Our tour started from a side entrance taking us up several flights of steel stairs which I reckon are the fire escapes. Finally after a bit of huffing and puffing we entered into the actual theatre, and I couldn't believe the difference between the outside and the inside.
A completely black interior with no adornments what so ever, with about 4 rows of seating on this particular floor, and we could see all the galleries, which also had no decorations; I was expecting lots of carved wood, frescos, murals and gold paint. Basically there was nothing to see there at all.
We were then led up another 5 or 6 flights of stairs in the internal fire escapes and came to a floor containing the dressing rooms, these were open and had costumes in each and a photo showing that costume on the actor.
Then after a climb up a circular concrete staircase reminiscent of those found in castles, we emerged into that glass roof, which contains the ballet practice area, with a view over the entire old town of Lyon. Everyone just stopped there to take photos of the view, after just walking non-stop through all the previous areas.
There, in front of all the mirrors, they had many more costumes displayed on mannequins and one could admire the work that goes into designing and making these.
That was the end of the tour apart from what seemed like endless internal fire escape stairways till we emerged at the box office and an escalator to the street.
There were a fair few families with kids and older folk whom I suspect might have had trouble with all the stairs, but I imagine that the normal paid tour would use lifts, I hope anyway.
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