Approximately 6,000,000 tons* of sand will be shovelled into Shoreditch's Village Underground later this month to create a beachy, sixties, French Riviera vibe for the new Così fan tutte from young company Vignette Productions.
It's directed by Andrew Staples ('Andy' for Shoreditch purposes), better known as a successful tenor, and recently seen as Narraboth in Covent Garden's Salome. Graham Ross conducts a fresh-faced cast and bijou orchestrette.
Playing for just two nights, 19 and 21 August, it promises to introduce abrasive particles into the crevices other productions don't reach.
The photos by Jonathan Barker were taken at last night's plein air premiere in Seillans, Provence.
Buy tickets online here (£30 each).
* Intermezzo estimate