Rosehill Theatre

Rosehill Theatre

: Whitehaven

Rosehill Theatre is located near Whitehaven, in West Cumbria, with views over the Solway Firth.

image of the exterior of Rosehill Theatre in Cumbria

Built in 1959 by Sir Nicholas Sekers, with an interior designed by Oliver Messel, Rosehill’s reputation was built on classical music and drama.

Whilst maintaining these traditions, the scope of performance has been expanded to cover a range of classical, folk, jazz and rock music, drama, comedy, cabaret and more.

image of the interior of Rosehill Theatre near Whitehaven, Cumbria

The intimate theatre, a “rose-red silk-lined jewel box”, also hosts workshops for young people, schools’ events and family craft workshops. Film has now returned to Rosehill Theatre and offerings include a variety of films, from classics to blockbusters and live screenings.

A well regarded contemporary restaurant, The Green Room, opened in 2017 and offered delicious food. Sadly the restaurant has been a victim of the pandemic and remains closed.

View from the terrace
image of the view from the Green Room Restaurant at Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven

The theatre takes its name from that of the nearby 18th Century Rosehill House, where many top-class performers were accommodated and enjoyed the Sekers’ legendary hospitality. That grand building is now a residential care home.

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Page updated September 2022

Grid Ref : NX 990202

Archive images

Rosehill Theatre circa 1999

archive image of Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven circa 1999