This project, currently on site, converts a superb 1929 Grade II*-listed super cinema into a major touring theatre. The exceedingly deep fan-shaped auditorium is reconfigured by bringing the proscenium forward into the auditorium by about 4m, greatly increasing the intimacy of the auditorium and the proximity of the dress circle to the stage.
The Art Deco foyers are restored and the entire theatre is rebuilt behind the proscenium to increase the amount of backstage accommodation. The new rear elevation will be constructed of brickwork, with terracotta cladding to the fly tower.
The cinema was derelict and suffering from neglect, but occupies a central position in Hanley where it will be a major component of the cultural quarter.
CLIENT City of Stoke-on-Trent
ARCHITECT LBA: Axel Burrough, Barry Docker, Andrew Garnett, Mark Lewis, Steve Lyman, Paul Moore, Ian Phipps, Mark Shepperson, Peter Warrington
Cameron Taylor Bedford
Max Fordham & Partners