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Britten Theatre


With a seating capacity of 400, the Britten Theatre's simple elegance, responsive acoustics and intimate tiered auditorium is the perfect space for opera, music, theatre and ballet performances. One of London 's best-kept secrets, the theatre was designed by Sir Hugh Casson and is named after Benjamin Britten, a former student of the RCM.  In the style of an Italian opera theatre with proscenium arch, orchestra pit and full fly system, the theatre has excellent technical facilities and the hire includes the use of four theatre dressing rooms. There is an RCM Box Office ticketing service and a theatre foyer bar.

With its own entrance from Prince Consort Road, the theatre is licensed for public events.

Please note the Britten Theatre does not have a sound system in situ.

Set up Maximum capacity
Auditorium total  390  
Stalls and Stalls Circle  220  
Dress Circle  75  (incl. 2 wheelchair spaces)  
Upper Circle   95 
Steinway D Grand Piano


 Proscenium Width 9.06m   Height 5.18m  
 Performance area Width 10.43m   Depth 9.28m 
 Wing widths                   Stage right 2.22m  Stage left 1.82m 
 Orchestra pit  Width 9.35m   Depth 9.3m 

Theatre Foyer dimensions:

 Width: 12 m   
 Depth: 4m



  • Dressing rooms available with a total capacity for 48 performers  
  • Theatre bar and foyer area
  • Donaldson Room available as additional space for hire - suitable for private receptions for up to 60 people