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First look: Behind the scenes at Bennetts Associates' RSC revamp

The AJ can reveal the first pictures of Bennetts Associates Architects £53 million overhaul of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in Stratford-upon-Avon

Bennetts has retained the facade of the original grade II*-listed Art Deco theatre while entirely reworking the original interiors in a bid to create ‘the best theatre for Shakespeare in the world’.

The architects are working with theatre consultant Charcoalblue and engineers Buro Happold on the scheme which includes a 1,000 seat auditorium.

According to the practice, the maximum distance of the stage to the audience in the new theatre (pictured bottom right) will be half that in the original 1930s auditorium.

Construction is due to finish in 2010.

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