Cheryl Knight from the Opera Shoes Costume Department © ROH
Each Season Cheryl Knight and her colleague Ron Taylor source 2,100 pairs of shoes, from traditional Japanese sandals to 50s-style court shoes. Each pair is prepared, fixed with rubber soles and fitted. They also clean, mend and re-touch all of the shoes already used on stage.
From Principal Singers to the Youth Opera Company, everyone who takes part in Royal Opera productions comes through Ron and Cheryl's door, and each has to leave with the correct footwear.