[T]he Chairman Norman Clarkson and trustees of Rosehill Arts Trust have announced the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Monday 10 April 2017 to preview the redeveloped Rosehill Theatre which is set to open to the public in May.
Building works started at Rosehill Theatre in October 2015 with Postlethwaite Construction as the main contractor and Johnston and Wright as architect. These works completed earlier this month and recommissioning has started throughout. The auditorium is being restored, returning it to its former glory and description as a rose-red silk lined jewel box.
The new theatre includes a 60 seat restaurant, for which plans are being made to open in May, overlooking the Solway Firth. Jon Fell has been appointed as Head Chef and he is building his hospitality team including apprentices in association with the catering school at Lakes College.
Customer and backstage facilities have been increased and improved greatly with Access for All throughout. And all external and car parking areas have been landscaped and improved substantially.
Performances are being scheduled for later in the spring and into the summer.
The programme for this visit by His Royal Highness will include a short performance in the new Courtyard of a singing and dancing number from the musical Clog Dance composed by locally based John Marcangelo and performed by the locally based Marcangelo Music Players.
In the auditorium the soprano Natalia Tanasii accompanied by pianist Julia Cobby will perform arias from Carmen, La Bohème and Rusalka.
Natalia’s appearance is by kind introduction of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
This visit to Rosehill Theatre by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales follows visits by H.R.H. The Princess Margaret in July 1962 and by H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in October 1964.
The redevelopment of Rosehill Theatre would not have been possible without the generous financial support of many individuals and organisations, some large and some smaller but all essential. In combination they have made this great venture work. We are most grateful to them all including Britain’s Energy Coast, Copeland Community Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Linbury Trust, WREN, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Savoy Educational Trust and National Grid.