Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Architect: Bennetts Associates Architects

Client: Peter Wilson, Royal Shakespeare Company

Photographer: Peter Cook

The brief called for the retention of Elizabeth Scott's grade II* listed theatre facade and foyer and the rebuilding of the larger theatre to form a new 1,000 seat thrust-stage auditorium, plus new facilities for actors and audience, all within a new urban masterplan.

The architects' overall planning is thoughtful and cohesive. This is best shown in the formation of the new lobby, the arrangements for delivery of sets to the stage, the opening up of the path to the riverside and finally the new tower that works both as marker and viewing platform.

The main auditorium has a Globe-like feel to it and an exciting atmosphere. It is historic in its references, contemporary in its design. This is a good working theatre, not a precious one. 

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