The Mulberry Bees
is the first of a planned series of illustrated children's books
, written in verse.
The authors are two Glyndebourne staff members, Rich Joyner (also provides the illustrations) and Bethany Moore.
"We want to celebrate Glyndebourne as a special and magical place: kooky, exciting and - above all - fun," say the authors.
"We created this story to engage children in the vibrancy of life at a busy working theatre as well as the energy of the natural world outside it.
"In both you can find colourful characters, curious creatures and a "hive" of activity!"
Behind each story in the Mulberry Bees series sits an operatic work, with each book transporting the reader into the world of opera.
For this first book, the opera is The Marriage of Figaro: the first production ever performed at Glyndebourne, when the opera festival was launched in 1934.
The story is inspired by the real honey bees that visit Glyndebourne's Mulberry tree every summer – the tree sits outside the authors' office window - and follows the mayhem that ensues when the bees get a little closer to the on-stage action than they should.
"This book is enchanting," says Gus Christie, Glyndebourne's Executive Chairman. "I hope it will inspire young readers to sample the joys of opera one day."