Prince Charles To Visit Redeveloped Rosehill Theatre
Whitehaven will receive a royal visit next month, as Prince Charles comes to preview the redeveloped Rosehill Theatre.
As part of his tour, on Monday 10 April, HRH the Prince of Wales will visit the newly-renovated Rosehill Theatre ahead of its reopening to the public in May. His visit to the theatre follows those of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret in July 1962 and H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in October 1964.
The Prince will be the first to experience the potential of the new theatre, as a programme of exclusive performances have been scheduled for his visit. These include a short performance in the brand 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. Then, in the new auditorium the soprano Natalia Tanasii and pianist Julia Cobby will perform arias from Carmen, La Bohème and Rusalka. Natalia Tanasii will appear by the introduction of Glyndebourne Festival Opera where Rosehill’s founder, Sir Nicholas Sekers was a founding trustee.
Renovation work started on the building back in 2015 and were finally completed earlier this month, allowing for recommissioning throughout to begin. The work has involved the restoration of the original auditorium, restoring it to its former glory as the greatly acclaimed, “rose-red silk lined jewel box.”
The new build also includes a 60 seater restaurant, looking out over the Solway Firth, with respected local chef Jon Fell recently being appointed as Head Chef. Jon is building his hospitality team in association with the catering school at Lakes College.
Customer and backstage facilities have been improved greatly with an emphasis on Access for All throughout and the initial performances in the redeveloped theatre are being scheduled for later in the spring and into the summer.
Director, Richard Elder said: “We are all delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness is visiting the new Rosehill Theatre as we recommission it in preparing to open the doors in the next few weeks.”
He continued: “HRH is committed to developing job opportunity for the young not least in catering and hospitality which is central to our plans at Rosehill. We look forward to introducing HRH to our newly appointed Head Chef, Jon Fell and to some of his team, including apprentices from Lakes College and they look forward to presenting him with a picnic take-away to sample their fare!”
As part of his visit to West Cumbria, Prince Charles will also open the new Whitehaven Foyer; formerly the YMCA on Irish Street, now a charity offering accommodation and support services for young people in the and will attend a reception at the Ennerdale Community Hub and will walk through the village.