THE THEATRE IN THE WOODS
A new opera house for the UK is something to sing about.
The new opera house, known as The Theatre in the Woods, is set just beyond the historic orchard and is modelled on the four-tiered horseshoe shape of La Scala, Milan, with a vibrant acoustic, and a generous orchestra pit. Concealed with the richly textured, mysterious brick drum is an intimate auditorium, “a decorated room”, with balcony fronts enriched for warmth and splendour, a painted ceiling and columns soaring from floor to roof through the generous atrium.
Phase 1 of the project aims to achieve enough of the construction for the first performance in June 2017 (Tosca with superstar tenor Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi) when scaffolding will envelop an unfinished theatre. Phase 2 continues after the 2017 festival and includes the exterior brickwork.
A £10m Appeal is underway.
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.
PROJECT TEAM: Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (planning consultants), David Lloyd Jones (consultant architect / project co-ordination), Tim Ronalds Architects, Price & Myers (structural engineers), Max Fordham (services engineers), Ramboll Environ (acoustics), Mike Ibbotson (landscape), Bristow Johnson (cost consultant), J M Partnership (building control), R J Smith (building contractor)