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 just beyond the 300 year-old walled orchard.
The opera house, glimpsed amongst the trees, appears as a textured brick drum and within is an intimate auditorium, “a decorated room”, with balcony fronts enriched for warmth and splendour, a painted ceiling and from the vestibule are views to the ceiling.
It is modelled on the four-tiered horseshoe shape of La Scala, Milan. Its vibrant acoustic has been praised and there is a generous orchestra pit which in 2017 housed the 70-strong orchestra for Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Phase 1 is completed and Phase 2 continues after the 2017 festival.
A £10m Appeal is underway.
High on the outside wall above the main door and set within the diamond patterned brickwork is a balcony from which trumpeters will summon the audience to the performance: an idea inspired by Wagner’s Bayreuth.
Far from being an exclusive, single-use opera house, The Theatre in the Woods will be used and enjoyed by many people from many walks of life and for many generations. It will host cultural and educational endeavours by an array of organisations: a springboard for dynamic, eager young people.