After undergoing an extensive makeover, Tewkesbury’s favourite arts centre, Roses Theatre, now boasts a stylish new setting for film, theatre, music, and comedy, and SoGlos couldn’t wait to pay it a visit.
Looking forward to seeing a screening of the epic new blockbuster, Macbeth, I had my sights set on a sweet treat – or two – from the new Cotteswold Café, as well as hopes that the newly-installed underfloor heating would be working a treat on a chilly winter evening.
On stepping foot into its stylish new foyer, the changes were immediate and impressive in equal proportion, with a brand new box office and what seemed to be double the space.
The Wall of Fame added a shiny new touch, with a number of brass plates engraved with messages from the local community – offering both a dazzling decoration, as well as serving as a personal reminder to the overwhelming support which the theatre received from the public.
Venturing into the café area, I was pleased to note that the venue seemed to radiate warmth – top marks for the brand new heating system – and offered a comfortable new seating area downstairs.
While I could have happily sampled the entire display of tempting treats in the contemporary café, which included seasonal specialities of Christmas cake, a cute gingerbread tower, Bakewell tarts, and deliciously naughty nibbles – I managed to resist, indulging only in a fantastically gooey flapjack.
It’s fair to say that the Cotteswold café, aside from serving tried-and-tested delicious food and drinks, enhances the ambience of the theatre and is a welcome addition to the centre.
Meanwhile the upstairs bar provides a trendy area which makes Roses Theatre a one-stop venue for an evening out, which will only becoming more appealing once pre-theatre bar meals become available.
The film screening itself definitely didn’t disappoint, and I enjoyed a premium cinema experience within comfortable surroundings. What’s more, with a brilliant line-up of the latest blockbusters to look forward to, Roses Theatre has a promising programme to match its new interiors, which are sure to draw in locals crowds.
Still a family friendly theatre with a warm atmosphere, but with a chic new look and deluxe new facilities, Roses Theatre has cemented its position as a leading arts centre and offers a fantastic venue for an enjoyable evening.
For more information about what’s coming up at Roses Theatre, call (01684) 295074, or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Wednesday 02 December 2015
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