THE THEATRE IN THE WOODS
“Britain has a new opera house. The theatre has excellent sightlines and clear supportive acoustics. Its potential is enormous”.
The UK’s first new opera house in the 21st century is something to sing about.
Known as The Theatre in the Woods, it nestles in dappled woodland behind a majestic crinkle-crankle wall and the 300 year-old walled orchard.
The opera house, glimpsed amongst the trees, appears as a cross-gartered brick drum and within is an intimate five-tiered auditorium,
modelled on the horseshoe shape of La Scala, Milan. Its vibrant acoustic has been much-praised and there is a generous orchestra pit which in 2017 housed the 70-strong orchestra for Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Phase 1 accomplished 90% of the building works, creating an opera house in 11 months. The £10m target was achieved in July 2017.
Phase 2 (October 2017 – April 2018) is now in full swing. It was decided to extend the Appeal and aim for £14m. From this grand total, we will build the Lavatorium Rotundum and create the cushion of a £2.5m Endowment Fund.
Phase 3 commences after the 2018 season and includes an external spiral staircase, taking the audience to the grand tier and balcony with spectacular views over trees to the Surrey Hills and the Wey valley.
The Theatre in the Woods will be used and enjoyed by many people from many walks of life and for many generations.