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Encyclopedia > Roses Theatre
The Roses Theatre
Type Arts and Entertainment
Founded 1974 (opened 1975)
Headquarters Tewkesbury, UK
Key people Stan Stennett, Robert Hamlin
Employees 50+
Website Roses Theatre

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Auditorium (1975)

The Roses Theatre is a art-house cinema and live performance venue located in the centre of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England. Its main auditorium seats 375 and accommodates 35mm film projection as well as live performance. It offers patrons a wide range of music, theatre, film and dance. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Location within the British Isles The Tewkesbury War Memorial, locally known as the Cross Tewkesbury is a historic town in Gloucestershire, England. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ...



The Roses Theatre was built in 1974 on the site of the Sabrina Cinema which closed in the mid 1960's. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

The Roses Theare opened on the 31st October 1975 with a huge amount of publicity by Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne. Princess Anne may refer to more than one person: Anne, Princess Royal (born 15 August 1950), daughter of Elizabeth II of the UK Anne, Princess of Orange (1709‑1759), daughter of George II of Great Britain Anne (1637‑1759), daughter of Charles I of England Princess Anne may refer to...

The Roses Theatre has always been owned by Tewkesbury Borough Council but has been run by different management teams including Crossroads TV actor Stan Stennett and former Director of Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, Robert Hamlin. A crossroads (the word rarely appears in singular) is another word for road junction, where two or more roads meet (there are three or more arms). ... The Belgrade Theatre is a live performance venue seating 866 and situated in Coventry, England. ...

Eric Morecambe

The popular British comedian Eric Morecambe collapsed in Dressing Room 1 at this theatre after taking a final curtain call in May 1984. John Eric Bartholomew OBE (May 14, 1926 – May 28, 1984), better known by his stage name, Eric Morecambe was a British comedian who together with Ernie Wise, formed the double act Morecambe and Wise. ...

He died shortly afterwards at Cheltenham General Hospital.

The Roses Theatre remembers the comic-legend by naming the theatres' conference room after him. The Eric Morecambe Room is used by local and national companies for conferences and meetings.

The Roses Theatre has been featured on many TV shows documenting his life and featured photographs of his final perfomrmance as well as interviews with the Manager of The Roses Theatre (1980 to 1993) and friend of Eric Morecambe, Stan Stennett.

Rumours have it that there is some video footage of Eric Morecambe's final performance - but this is yet to be discovered.

Early 1990's Decline and Closures

Declining audience numbers around 1991 meant that Stan Stennett's lease of the theatre was not renewed by Tewkesbury Borough Council.

The last feature film to be shown was Walt Disney's Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This was a very sad day for The Roses Theatre. Illustration by Warwick Goble Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale (type 425AD -- search for a lost husband -- in the Aarne-Thompson classification). ...

In May 1995, the new lease holders were declared bankrupt. The Roses Theatre closed its doors.

The Re-Opening

The Roses Theatre was left closed for one year and was on the verge of being replaced with a car park until The Roses Theatre Trust was formed by a small group of local businessmen in 1995 with one aim in mind - to save the towns theatre and cinema.

They succeeded.

The NEW Roses Theatre re-opened in May 1996 for the Half-Term holiday as a trail run. Shortly afterwards the theatre re-opened as a full time venue and has continued to operate ever since.

In January 1997 Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne re-visited the theatre that she opened 21 years previously in 1975 to "re-launch" the theatre. Princess Anne may refer to more than one person: Anne, Princess Royal (born 15 August 1950), daughter of Elizabeth II of the UK Anne, Princess of Orange (1709‑1759), daughter of George II of Great Britain Anne (1637‑1759), daughter of Charles I of England Princess Anne may refer to...

The Roses Thetare has improved year on year with audience numbers increasing every year.

Moving Forward

In September 2006, The Roses Theatre will be installing brand new projection equipment. The theatre will invest in a brand new 35mm film projector, Dolby Digital Surround Sound and a state of the art Digital Projector.

This could not be possible without the generous grant The Roses received from the Arts Council but also from donations from audiences.

The Roses Theatre Pantomime

The Roses Theatre was the first theatre in Gloucestershire and the southern West Midlands to host a professional pantomime at Christmas time.

Since 1996, The Roses Theatre's annual Panto is staged for just over one month between the start of December to mid January.

It is written specially for The Roses Theatre by Ian Lauchlan and Will Brenton - the creaters of Childrens BBC's Tweenies and Playdays. Between 1996 and 2006 the Panto was Directed by The Roses Theatre's Manager, Robert Hamlin.

This years Pantomime is Jack and the Beanstalk and runs from December 1st 2006 to January 6th 2007. There will be NO film screenings during this period as The Roses will be in full Panto-fever during this period with 2 shows everyday.

The Roses Theatre does not cast "Celebrities" - they cast professional actors who will not take the limelight from the rest of the cast. The chorus is cast from teenagers who live in Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas (i.e. Bredon, Worcester, Cheltenham, Kidderminster)

Cross Roads Stageshow (1989)

In 1989 the Roses Theatre was transformed into the famous Crossroads Motel as part of the soap's 25th Anniversary.

Stan Stennett, Manager of The Roses Theatre from 1980 to 1993, starred in the Soap during the 1980's.

Pictures of Roses Theatre in 1989

External links

  • Official Website

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