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Theatre history

BRIEF HISTORY OF ROSEHILL THEATRE (Referred to in 1959 as a rose-red silk lined jewel box) Rosehill Theatre was the creation of Sir Nicholas Sekers, who emigrated from Hungary in 1937 and founded the West Cumberland Silk Mills at Hensingham, Whitehaven (later Sekers Fabrics Limited). He became prominent in the fashion world and his interest in the arts led him into friendship with many of the great names in music and drama. Nicholas Sekers was a founder trustee of Glyndebourne and in 1954 was instrumental in setting up the Friends of Glyndebourne Society, introducing the season brochure based on the…

Food & Drink

Under the auspices of Executive Head Chef Jon Fell and in association with West Lakes College providing work experience and first jobs for local youngsters training for the hospitality trade, the Green Room Restaurant opened to diners in summer 2017.  

Finding Us

DirectionsRosehill is located one mile north of Whitehaven. From the main A595 take the turning at the brown and white tourist sign marked Rosehill Theatre. The theatre and adjacent barn are about half a mile on the left hand side and are clearly signposted. Ample free car and coach parking are available.Sat Nav: CA28 6SEClick Here for Google Maps location of Rosehill Theatre

About Us

Rosehill Theatre, on the hills above Whitehaven, opened in 1959 and is one of the UK's most intimate theatres offering a diverse range of arts and entertainment from music, theatre, talks, comedy, shows for young people and more. We have ample free car and coach parking, a licensed bar and provide great food and drink. From our position, there are stunning views over the Solway Firth to Scotland and inland to the Lake District. A truly exceptional setting. The theatre has a small number of permanent staff and is supported by over 30 volunteers. Rosehill Theatre is subsidised by Rosehill…

Venue Hire

Venue HireAt Rosehill Theatre, we create event and conference packages specifically to fit your needs. With high quality rooms that can accommodate up to 208 people, on site catering and ample free parking, we have the perfect solution for your event. Rosehill is a Grade II listed building which has recently undergone a £3m refurbishment and upgrade of its facilities. To discuss holding your event at Rosehill, contact us on 01946 692422 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AuditoriumSeating up to 208 people (120 downstairs and 88 upstairs), the auditorium is our largest space. Providing tiered seating, a 5.3m x 5.3m stage and…


Online Book online now for most events. Phone Please call 01946 692422 Box Office Opening Hours Our box office is open between 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday and one hour before each performance. Outside these hours, please leave a message with your name, booking requirements and contact telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. In Person Call in to Rosehill during box office opening hours. Payment Tickets can be paid for by cash (sterling), cheque (made payable to 'Rosehill Theatre'), National Theatre Tokens, Rosehill Gift Vouchersand most major credit/debit cards. Concessions Concessions for those aged 26 and…

Oliver Messel

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF OLIVER MESSEL Oliver Messel was Great Britain’s leading theatre designer from the 1930s to the mid 1950s. He transformed British theatre design with his lavish, painterly and poetic style of design, leaving a lasting legacy to his followers. His work spans revues, musicals, theatre, ballet, opera and film. Peter Brook acknowledged him as ‘by far the most talented designer of his generation’ and the stage designer Desmond Heeley said he was ‘one of the greatest set and costume designers England has ever produced’. Painterly theatre sets composed of borders, painted flats, cutcloths and backcloths, accompanied by colourful…

Oliver Messel Gallery

The interior of Rosehill was designed by Oliver Messel, a great friend and colleague of Sir Nicholas Sekers, its founder. Rosehill is one of only two public buildings in the UK with interior designs by Oliver Messel, the other being a suite at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Given the significance of its listed interior, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has very kindly made a long term loan to Rosehill from their collection of Oliver Messel’s work which is photographed below and hangs in what has now become the Messel Room. Read more about Oliver Messel All images…

Rosehill on the Road

Please check back soon for full information about Rosehill on the Road.

We are grateful to the following organisations for capital funding:

bec  ccf_logo coastal linbury   garfield-western    wren     fcc jpgetty national-grid savoy-educational-trust

We are grateful to the following organisations for revenue funding:

ace llw  ccc cumbria-community-foundation  wtc  west-cumberland-choral-societydctadapt-sign-200ColwinstonLogo-80