Venues

 

The Festival Theatre

Built for the 2011 Season, the Castleton Festival Theatre stands in a meadow overlooking the sweeping hills of Rappahannock County. This 650-seat theatre replaced the 250-seat Festival Tent, which housed productions in 2009 and the 400-seat Festival Tent, which housed productions in 2010. The Festival Theatre is fully indoors, air-conditioned, boasts stadium seating with padded chairs and armrests, and houses an orchestra pit that can accommodate up to 90 musicians, nearly the exact size of the Metropolitan Opera pit. This state-of-the-art venue is the home of the mainstage productions of the Castleton Festival, including operas, symphonic concerts, jazz, and bluegrass. The lobby of the Festival Theatre also contains the Castleton Festival Gift Shop and concessions. Parking for the Festival Theatre is immediately outside, on grass with gravel walkways.

The Theatre House

When the Maazels purchased the original section of Castleton Farms in 1988, the 1857 Manor House stood across from a massive chicken coop that once housed 15,000 chickens. As soon as it became clear that this would be an ideal location for music-making, they set about rebuilding the structure to house a sort of “Globe Theatre” in the existing footprint. Completed in 1997, the first concert there was held on June 21, featuring the extremely impressive trio of Maestro Maazel, Yefim Bronfman, and Mstislav Rostropovich. The 138-seat air-conditioned proscenium theatre has an orchestra pit that can accommodate 20 musicians and seating on the orchestra level and in the balcony. This intimate venue is the home of Castleton in Performance, the year-round branch of the Castleton Festival, and has also played host to numerous Festival productions, including chamber music, chamber operas, theatre, and recitals. Parking for the Theatre House is located across the street, less than 100 yards away.

 

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