Raked Stages

A sloping stage which is raised at the back (upstage) end. Many theatres with a ‘stalls’ seating area used to be built with raked stages as a matter of course. Today, the stage is often left flat and the auditorium is lifted to stage level and above to improve the view of the stage from all seats. A rake is expressed as a ratio (eg a 1:25 rake rises by 1cm vertically over 25cm horizontally).

UK Theatres with Raked Stages

See below for London / West End.
List under construction – please Contact Us with additions!

  • Aberdeen, His Majesties
  • Blackpool, Grand Theatre (front two-thirds raked 1:24; remaining 1:48)
  • Blackpool, Opera House
  • Brighton, Theatre Royal (tbc)
  • Buxton, Opera House
  • Cardiff, New Theatre
  • Crewe
  • Darlington
  • Edinburgh, Kings Theatre (1:24) – to be removed in 2020 refurbishment
  • Glasgow, Kings Theatre
  • Leeds, Grand Theatre
  • Malvern
  • Newcastle, Theatre Royal
  • Nottingham, Theatre Royal
  • Sheffield, Lyceum
  • Southend, Cliffs (1:21)
  • Southend, Palace (1:18)
  • Southsea, Kings
  • Stockport, Plaza (tbc)
  • Wakefield (1:30)
  • Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre

UK London/West End Theatres with Raked Stages

Arts: 1:20
Aldwych: 1:18 (or 1:24 – to be clarified)
Barbican Theatre: 1:15 (removable)
Duke of Yorks: 1:70
Garrick: 1:24 (or 1:30 – to be clarified)
Gielgud: 1:48
Hackney Empire: 1:31
Harold Pinter: 1:29
Haymarket Theatre Royal: 1:16
Novello Theatre: Slight rake
Old Vic: 1:16 (or 1:22 – to be clarified)
Palace: 1:24
Queens: 1:24
Richmond Theatre: 1:24
Sadler’s Wells: 1:54
Savoy: 1:120
Steiner Theatre: Slight rake
Theatre Royal Stratford East: 1:24
Theatre Royal Drury Lane: 1:24
Vaudeville: 1:24
Victoria Palace: 1:24
Westminster: 1:96
Wimbledon Theatre: 1:32