• Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Courtyard foyer (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Stage and auditorium (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Stage and auditorium (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Exterior (image credit: Charcoalblue)

...auditorium planning for a large team on a fast track project

RSC Courtyard Theatre

  

Project summary

 

Our involvement with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Courtyard Theatre included providing a multitude of alternative auditorium designs, seating and sightline proposals, complete stagelighting and audiovisual systems tenders, and creating bespoke stage engineering systems to a tight timescale and in extremely close collaboration with the RSC’s staff and advisors.

 

The Courtyard was designed within 6 months and built in 11 months, and was completed on time and on budget.

 

The Courtyard was the RSC's sole theatre in Stratford while the 1932 Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre underwent a substantial refurbishment. It continued to be used after the reopening of the newly-transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2011, and plans are currently being developed for its conversion into a new studio theatre, rehearsals rooms and support spaces for the company.

 

- RIBA National Award 2007 - Courtyard Theatre - Ian Ritchie Architects

- RICS Community Benefit Award 2009 (Winner) and RICS Sustainability Award 2009 (Shortlisted) - Ian Ritchie Architects