Reimagine Rosehill

Rosehill provides opportunities for people of all ages to take part in and enjoy the performing arts in community venues around Copeland and Allerdale. In the coming year we will also reopen our historic theatre with modern accessible facilities and a new restaurant making it truly a venue for all West Cumbria.

Whilst Rosehill has been redeveloped, we have staged performances and workshops around Allerdale and Copeland, from Moorclose Community Centre, Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Lakes College, to Muncaster Castle, Jericho Primary School and Parton Village Hall.

We have engaged over 4,000 people with quality arts events this year, but will increase that many times in the year ahead.

We want to build on this work during the next twelve months and to bring those audiences to the new Rosehill, a fantastic facility for the whole area, with modern, welcoming foyers and bar, fully restored theatre with superb dressing rooms, designed step free for users with disabilities, and a top floor restaurant and balcony overlooking our wonderful coast.

We will be bringing the best of the performing arts to West Cumbria, always ensuring that the widest audience is able to experience the range of events on offer.

We will provide opportunities for everyone to participate and enjoy the performing arts and to develop their skills whether as part of a community choir or an apprentice in the restaurant.
Rosehill was created in 1959 by Sir Nicolas Sekers, who established the famous fabric company at Hensingham.

Over nearly sixty years it has had some of the biggest names in music and theatre from Peggy Ashcroft, Benjamin Britten, Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth, to David Bowie's stage debut.

For some years, the theatre was neglected and its reputation waned. However, over the last ten years, Rosehill has once again built a reputation for excellence, developing work with specific audiences, including young people, improving their education and increasing confidence, and with people on the edge of homelessness.

The arts is a proven force for change in people's lives and promotes health and well-being. Doing that, whilst making people laugh and cry, is key to Rosehill's mission.

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