Rose Theatre Kingston | Kingston Upon Thames, London
Rose Theatre is situated in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames along Kingston High Street with the River Thames running behind.
The concrete shell of the Rose Theatre , constructed in 2001, was provided to Kingston Theatre Trust as one of the concessions for the construction of the adjoining Charter Quay, a residential development on the bank of the Thames located directly behind the theatre.
BTH were appointed as Architects in 2004 for the 'fit-out' of the shell in collaboration with Sir Peter Hall, former director of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, and theatre designer Alison Chitty OBE.
The theatre officially opened in 2008 with an auditorium/stage based on the plan of the 1587 Rose Theatre located on London's Bankside. The 900 capacity auditorium sits within an 11-sided polyhedron around a lozenge shaped raked stage. The result is an exciting, intimate relationship between actor and audience enhanced further with patrons in the front rows or 'pit' sitting on cushions.
The theatre also includes public foyers and bars on all three levels, a studio theatre and art gallery.