THE multi-million pound transformation of the Opera House is beginning to take shape with less than a month to go before its re-opening.

Builders, decorators and electricians have been working away since the historic Boscombe venue closed its doors in November.

Spectacular results have been achieved, with two phases out of three now complete.

The first-floor back room, formally known as Benedicts, has been converted into a stunning reception-style bar.

Three 40-foot stained glass windows flood the room with light, and murals, painted by the graffiti artists who designed the album cover of the Arctic Monkeys' latest album, decorate the walls.

The third level - the Gods - has been revived after being shut off for decades, with the original Victorian benches being retained and restored.

Although the main auditorium will be last to be completed, the giant arch framing the stage has been fully opened up and meticulously restored.

Both lighting and sound systems have been updated to provide state-of-the-art effects.

A range of events are already lined up for the new Opera House, including an opening night Indie Rock 'n' Roll Launch Party.

Jazz legend Courtney Pine and comedian Omid Djalili also feature in the opening week.