• National Theatre Studio, London
  • National Theatre Studio, London
  • National Theatre Studio, London
  • National Theatre Studio, London
  • Model of interior (image credit: Haworth Tompkins)
  • Exterior (image credit: National Theatre)
  • Old paint studio space (image credit: National Theatre)
  • Model of interior (image credit: Haworth Tompkins)

...playing a vital role in developing work for the National’s stages

National Theatre Studio

  

Project summary

 

The National Theatre Studio was the first purpose-built theatre workshop in the country. It was built in 1958, designed by Lyons Israel Ellis, and Grade-II listed in 2005. The space has been redeveloped under the guidance of Haworth Tompkins Architects and Charcoalblue.

 

This unique facility, unparalleled in the UK, now provides an experimental and very private working space for performances to be honed and developed prior to presentation at the National Theatre. The refurbished building includes rehearsal studios, writers’ studies, offices and ancillary spaces, a public archive, seminar room, storage and education suite.

 

The challenge was to develop a design which blends an empty space devoid of distraction for performers with a safe and comprehensively-equipped working space for technicians.