Milton Keynes Theatre

Entertainment & Arts

Europe, United Kingdom, Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Theatre is a large theatre in Milton Keynes (ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire). It opened on 4 October 1999, 25 years after the campaign for a new theatre first started. Designed by architects Blonski-Heard with Kut Nadiadi and Robert Doe, the theatre design employed the latest state-of-the-art building techniques, using some of the most technically advanced equipment available. The auditorium has been carefully designed to accommodate various shows: the ceiling can be lowered or raised depending on the scale of the production. The seating can also be moved around within the auditorium to vary the capacity from between 900 and 1,400. Consequently the theatre accommodates a wide range of productions, from large-scale musicals, to smaller, more intimate drama. The acoustic designers, Arup Acoustics, used a 1:50 scale acoustic model to determine the effect of the moving ceiling on the acoustic. The programme includes a variety of large and small West End productions and a spectacular Christmas pantomime, touring opera and ballet, as well as touring drama.