Thorington Theatre, near Halesworth and Southwold, Suffolk, has been given retrospective planning permission.

The outdoor amphitheatre was built in a World War II crater, with a capacity of 350 people.

It is one of the most sustainable structures in the country and was constructed using sustainably sourced walnut from the surrounding forest, by using techniques such as coppicing.

The vision for the scheme was to utilise the natural amphitheatre which had been created by the bomb, whilst keeping the carbon footprint of the project to a minimum. With this in mind, the whole structure is wooden, as is the box office and bar, which serves local beers, wines, cider, juices, and ice creams.

It was originally thought that due to its temporary structure status, it would not need planning permission.

The theatre opened its metaphorical doors in the summer of 2021 and following a successful season the box office has now reopened for 2022 shows.

Image source: Thorington Theatre

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