Charcoalblue hits a high note at Glyndebourne

 

Theatre consultancy Charcoalblue has hit a high note at internationally-acclaimed Glyndebourne Opera. In just over a year Jon Stevens, former Head of Sound at Glyndebourne and now Charcoalblue’s Creative Director, has orchestrated the transformation of the Ebert Room, an existing rehearsal room, into a multi-use performance-ready space. Charcoalblue – dubbed ‘the most exciting and innovative theatre consultancy in the UK’ – began work on the scheme last year, inspired by Glyndebourne’s chairman Gus Christie’s vision to create a modern, well-equipped and highly flexible venue that reflects the classic Glyndebourne style.

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Charcoalblue collaborates on the revolutionary new Hepworth Gallery

 

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects with auditorium design by Charcoalblue, the eagerly anticipated Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield opened to the public on Saturday 21st May 2011.

So far the reviews have been positive and the building has been tagged by respected UK sculptor Anthony Gormley as a future “place of pilgrimage for all lovers of sculpture”.

Built to house works created by its namesake, sculptress, Barbara Hepworth and other UK contemporary artists, visitors will be able to augment their visual experience through a variety of multi-media talks, presentations and lectures in the Charcoalblue designed auditorium.

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Charcoalblue appoints theatre consultant Alex Wardle

 

Charcoalblue has appointed Alex Wardle as its new Head of Project Management effective immediately.

Wardle brings with him extensive experience in both theatre consultancy and in theatre lighting design.

For the past six years he has worked as a theatre consultant for Arup. During that time he was responsible for the design and commissioning of lighting systems for projects including Kings Place, Kings Cross, Glasgow City Halls, Royal College of Music, London and the Arcola Theatre.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre design goes stateside

Following on from the critical success of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has further developed Charcoalblue’s and Bennetts Associates’ multi-award winning auditorium designs to deliver a 975-seat ‘flat pack’ travelling performance space.

The new, three-tiered, structure has been built inside New York’s historic Park Avenue Armory. Here, from July 6th – August 14th, Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, are presenting the Royal Shakespeare Company for a repertoire of five of Shakespeare’s plays – As You Like It, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale (running from July 6 – August 14).

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Charcoalblue reveals secrets of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

 

At this year’s PLASA show, London-based theatre consultancy Charcoalblue will be joining the technical team of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) to reveal how their designs, and the collaborative work they did with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), transformed one of the world’s most famous theatre auditoriums into a world-class performance space.

Charcoalblue – respected as the most innovative and exciting theatre consultancy in the UK – will discuss the design concepts that resulted in this critically acclaimed new performance space for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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Charcoalblue appoints theatre consultant Steve Roberts

 

Respected theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue has appointed stage design, lighting maestro and theatre consultant Steve Roberts to its team.

Roberts, who is currently Secretary of the Society of Theatre Consultants, takes the role of project management on all aspects of theatre design, with a special emphasis on stage lighting and stage engineering systems.

“I am very excited to be working with such a respected company,” says Roberts. “Charcoalblue works on some of the UK’s – and the world’s – most innovative theatre projects and I’m delighted to join the team and get started.”

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Charcoalblue approaches completion on the Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury is set to become one of the country’s landmark theatres. Following a £25.6m development project, the venue will open on 4 October 2011. Award-winning theatre consultants Charcoalblue was appointed by owners of the theatre Canterbury City Council and were responsible for the design, planning and technical specification of the auditorium and backstage areas for both the main auditorium and the multi-configurable Marlowe Studio.

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Charcoalblue approaches completion on the Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury is set to become one of the country’s landmark theatres. Following a £25.6m development project, the venue will open on 4 October 2011. Award-winning theatre consultants Charcoalblue was appointed by owners of the theatre Canterbury City Council and were responsible for the design, planning and technical specification of the auditorium and backstage areas for both the main auditorium and the multi-configurable Marlowe Studio.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal's "gobsmackingly gorgeous" restoration

 

Delivering a historically-authentic restoration of a 175-year-old auditorium and at the same time ensuring it features future-proofed functionality creates the kind of tension that can inspire some of the most innovative solutions in modern theatre design.

So it was for the Grade 1 listed Newcastle Theatre Royal. Built in 1901 by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, its recent £4.9 million restoration project to transport it back to its former glory has engaged and tested the minds and skills of architect Sansome Hall Architects, theatre consultant Charcoalblue, historic theatre consultant (and Matcham expert) Dr David Wilmore and stage engineering contractor Unusual Rigging.

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A tale of theatrical aspiration from Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre

 

The new Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is modern, stylish and architecturally exciting. In fact it’s a surprisingly brave design in the context of such a traditional and historic city. White colonnades tower over a wrap-around glass facade, while strikingly angular but carefully worked-out proportions complement the adjacent softer historic redbrick buildings.

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