Georgian Theatre Royal | Richmond | 1788

Architect: Unknown
Architects 2003: Allen Tod


The theatre as restored after significant research and development work to create an authentic period auditorium which was also a community theatre for the people of Richmond – Theatresearch developed a Conservation Management Plan for the project which unearthed hitherto unknown facts about the theatre.

The Society for Theatre Research celebrated its 60th anniversary by hosting a conference at the theatre in September 2008.

Theatresearch provided

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Historic Theatre Consultancy

 

View from the Shakespeare box


Theatre Royal | Bury St. Edmunds | 1819

Architect: William Wilkins
Architects 2006-07: Levitt Bernstein


Theatresearch was commissioned by The National Trust to undertake a detailed piece of research to support and underpin the restoration of the theatre. The image clearly shows the Georgian ventilation duct which took the fumes from a stove located in the pit – this and the discovery of a medieval well in the auditorium have certainly enhanced our understanding of the building!

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Advice
  • Historic Research

 

On site excavation of the pit


Palace Theatre | Redditch | 1913

Architect: Bertie Crewe
Architects 2006: Sansome Hall


This project was recently completed with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It now forms a central focus to the population of Redditch and is doing sensational business at the box office.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Historic Theatre Consultancy
  • Historic Paint Analysis

 

Decoration in progress


Everyman Theatre | Cheltenham | 1890

Architect: Frank Matcham
Architects 2000-03: Sansome Hall


The Everyman Theatre is the earliest surviving auditorium by Frank Matcham. Many of the murals have been painted over, and the original sensational  scagliola proscenium arch has been obscured – but it is still there  and Hayles & Howe have undertaken initial investigations to reveal the wonderful detail. This is a very important and exciting discovery!

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Historic Theatre Consultancy
  • Historic Paint Analysis

 

One of the original Jonas Binns murals


Theatre Royal & Opera House | Wakefield | 1894

Architect: Frank Matcham
Architects: Arts Team


Current proposals include a new and exciting extension to provide new bars, foyers, lift access and a studio theatre all to be built on an adjoining empty piece of land. There will also be improvements to the stage house and dressing room accommodation.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Theatre Consultancy
  • Conservation Planning

Proposals Include:

  • New Foyer & FOH Extension
  • Stage House Improvements

Photo: Victor Glasstone – Theatre during “Bingo” days


Royal Theatre & Opera House | Northampton | 1884

Architect: Charles Phipps
Architects 2004-06: Arts Team


This theatre has been restored and given a true identity within the Derngate complex. The stage has been lowered back to Phipps’ original  datum and many of the changes brought about over so many years have now been reversed.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • HLF support and advice
  • Recently restored and reopened

 

Stage right box front


City Varieties | Leeds | 1865

Architect: George Smith
Current Architects: Jacobs


Theatresearch undertook the Conservation Management Plan in order to understand this extremely complicated building which had been altered many times since its original construction in 1865. As a Grade II* listed building it was extremely important to respect the building’s heritage, whilst at the same time finding modern solutions to both audience comfort and accessibility. The creation of a masterplan enabled a planning strategy to be implemented which ultimately solved this difficult conundrum. Theatresearch was also involved in the design of all the technical equipment for the project, which included power flying systems and a new get-in lift.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Theatre Consultancy
  • Historic Paint Analysis
  • Current HLF application

 

Historic Ceiling Decoration Revealed


The Plaza | Stockport | 1932

Architect: William Thornley
Architects 2006-07: Brock Carmichael


This project has received an award from the HLF and is currently in Stage 2 development. The proposals include a full restoration of the faience tiled main elevation and foyers.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Theatre Consultancy

 

The Plaza in the 1930’s


Gaiety Theatre | Douglas, Isle of Man | 1900

Architect: Frank Matcham
Architects 200x: Xxxxxx Xxxxxx


Theatresearch undertook a 10 year programme of restoration and conservation works to this sensational Frank Matcham Theatre. This included the restoration of the iconic Rosary window, which is so much a feature of the auditorium ceiling. In addition to this we also undertook a full restoration of the original substage machinery, including the recreation of the extraordinary Corsican Trap.

All the work was carried out in phases, allowing the theatre to remain open for business, a key issue in so many projects.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Historic Theatre Consultancy
  • Conservation Management Plan

Rosary window before restoration

gaiety-restored-after

 Rosary window restored


Theatre Royal | Newcastle Upon Tyne | 1901

Architect: Frank Matcham
Architects 2011: Sansome Hall


Theatresearch wrote the Conservation Management Plan for this project in 2010 and this formed the core restoration philosophy for the project. As a Grade I listed building the Theatre Royal is one of the most important provincial theatres in the country. This enabled Frank Matcham’s original design ethos to be reinstated whilst also catering for the needs of a 21st century audience.

Theatresearch was appointed as lead consultants tin the development the designs and to take the project through to ultimate completion in 2012. The project cost in excess of £5 million and was executed in less than 6 months to ensure that the loss of revenue income was kept to a minimum.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Conservation Management Plan
  • Theatre Consultancy

 

The Theatre Royal Today

 


Theatre Royal | Bristol | 1766

Architect: Thomas Patey
Architects 200x: Xxxxxx Xxxxxx


Theatresearch was appointed as the Heritage Team Leader for this highly prestigious project. As the oldest working theatre in the British Isles the complex story of this building’s evolution needed to be unraveled both carefully and systematically.

Working with other specialists including historic paint analysis, documentary research, and conservation planning, it was possible to unpick man of the changes that had been made to the auditorium during its long and extraordinary life.

Theatresearch provided:

  • Historic Theatre Consultancy
  • Conservation Management Plan

 

The Theatre Royal Today

 

Conservation Management Plans

  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Theatre Royal Portsmouth
  • City Varieties Music Hall Leeds
  • Tivoli Theatre Aberdeen
  • Civic Theatre Darlington
  • Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond
  • Theatre Royal Drury Lane (In association with Haworth Tompkins Architects)
  • Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
  • Empire Theatre Burnley
  • Theatre Royal & Opera House Wakefield
  • Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
  • Palace Theatre Redditch
  • Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
  • Heritage Team Leaders for the Theatre Royal Bristol
  • Heritage Technical Equipment Recorders for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Historic Stage Machinery Recorders for the Alexandra Palace Theatre