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Bennetts Associates' Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens its doors

[FIRST LOOK] Bennetts Associates’ £112.8 million transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened this week after four years of redevelopment

The project created a reworked 1,040-seat theatre within a Grade II*-listed shell of a 1930s Art Deco building and also features a 36-metre-tall viewing tower.

Completed in July this year, the new main auditorium features a single-skin brick wall which begins outside the building, creating a three to four storey-high teak-floored space between it and the original theatre boundary.

While the existing building has been out of action, the RSC has performed in The Courtyard Theatre, a semi-permanent corrugated iron structure designed by Ian Ritchie Architects with theatre designer Charcoalblue.

The AJ will publish a full building study of the theatre in AJ16.12.10.

Read Alan Dunlop’s 2006 building study of Ian Ritchie’s temporary Courtyard Theatre

Proposed auditorium section, showing reduced distance from stage to the rear seating (15m)

Proposed auditorium section, showing reduced distance from stage to the rear seating (15m)

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