The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in the Bard’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon United Kingdom was designed by Bennetts Associates Archtitects. has once again undergone a dramatic transformation. Since the original theatre was built in 1879, the site has seen various extensions, renovations and complete overhauls, including a rebuilding project following a devastating fire in 1926.
Bennetts Associates has been working on the ‘Transformation’ project since 2006, not only redesigning the architecture onsite but working at developing a relationship between the RST and the local community of Stratford-upon-Avon. The now completed regeneration facility is a multi-layered development, with a rich palette of materials utilised in the careful restoration and modernisation of the existing building.
Elisabeth Scott’s 1932 auditorium was riddled with communication issues, with the distance from stage to balconies and bare side-walls making it difficult for the actors onstage to develop the necessary relationship with the audience.