Projects / Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A 1030 seat theatre comprising the restoration of elements of the original building including the Art Deco foyer, fountain staircase and front façade. The new facility also includes new public spaces such as a rooftop restaurant, new café and foyers linking the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres

Image © © Peter Cook

The Vision

To create a modern take on the courtyard theatres of Shakespeare’s day, with a thrust stage auditorium seating over 1030 people which aims to transform the relationship between artists and audiences by bringing the audience closer to the stage. To extend and improve visitor facilities and flow, and to create an outdoor performance space that connects the theatres with their surrounding environment.

Our Role

We were appointed by the architect to provide design management services. We provided programming and planning advice on the timing and management of the design studies and acted as the interface between the architect and the contractor. We kept the project within programme by providing early warnings and reviewing the timings of client approvals.

As part of the development, a new theatre tower marks the new entrance and provides circulation to all parts of the building, and a new public square provides an outdoor performance stage and meeting place for visitors.

Key Information

Bennetts Associates
129,000 sq ft
Bennetts Associates
Design Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Gardiner and Theobald
Structural Engineer:
Buro Happold
M&E Engineer:
Buro Happold

Special Mention

The building was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2011