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By Hugh Jordan

November 10, 2011 | 1 min read

The Royal Opera House has launched a new game, The Show Must Go On, as part of its ongoing efforts to engage younger people with opera.

The Show Must Go On was created by game design studio Hide & Seek, the same team behind the popular Tate Trumps game last year.

Players take on the role of stage manager for an ill-fated opera production. Five mini-games relate to popular operas such as the Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. Tasks to be completed include building the set, retrieving sheet music and dressing the chorus.

“The Holy Grail is something commercially viable that can reach lots of people,” said chief executive of the Royal Opera House at the launch event. “We hope this game will excite people who don’t know about opera and ballet.”

The Show Must Go On is available on all IOS devices, and is being promoted through activity on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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