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Milton Keynes Theatre

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1999: continuing
  • Current state
  • Current use
  • Address
    500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ, England
  • Website


Following a 25 year campaign for a theatre in the new town, the Milton Keynes Theatre opened in 1999. Designed by Blonski Heard Architects, with Carr & Angier as theatre consultants. The building complex includes the theatre and foyer spaces, Art Gallery (which functions separately to the theatre), tourist information centre and car park. The 1,400-seat auditorium is designed to host drama and music, and has a fully retractable ceiling that provides a more intimate space with 900 seating capacity. The theatre is well established as a regional venue for national tours, and also provides a home for the local community via its Creative Learning department and highly successful Youth Theatre.

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Façade at night, Milton Keynes Theatre, Feb 2009
© Ian Grundy

Across auditorium from box auditorium left, Milton Keynes Theatre, Feb 2009
© Ian Grundy

Auditorium from dress circle towards stage, Milton Keynes Theatre, Feb 2009
© Ian Grundy

Foyer space at Milton Keynes Theatre with box office counter, Feb 2009
© Ian Grundy

Façade and main entrance to Milton Keynes Theatre, Feb 2009
© Ian Grundy

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  • Events
    • 1999 Use: continuing
    • 1999 Design/Construction:
      • Blonski Heard - Architect
      • Carr & Angier - Consultant: Theatre Consultants
      • Whilby & Bird - Consultant: Structural Engineers
    • 1999 Owner/Management: Commission for the New Theatre Towns [?]; managed by ATG.
  • Capacities
    • Original: 1,400
    • Current: 1,400
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 15m
    • Proscenium width: 22m
    • Height to grid: 23m
    • Orchestra pit: Flexible

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