Oxford University's Sheldonian Theatre – Oxford, England
The Sheldonian Theatre was the first building designed by Christopher Wren between 1664 and 1669. It was funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of the University.
Wren was a key figure in the reconstruction of London after the Great Fire of 1666. This impressive architect was responsible for building 52 new churches, including his masterpiece, St. Paul’s Catherdral. Athough Wren had never been to Italy, he was very much influenced by Baroque and Renaissance architecture, as evidenced by St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is believed that Wren’s source of inspiration for the Sheldonian was taken directly from the U-shaped Theatre of Marcellus in Rome. The classical style subsequently influenced the architecture of other Oxford buildings.
The Sheldonian is the venue for Oxford University’s grand graduation ceremonies. The theatre is available for hire for public concerts and meetings, but I’d imagine strict assessments are made by its curators.