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Royal Shakespeare Theatre Royal Shakespeare Theatre
by The Ovi Team
2022-04-23 08:26:32
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theater01_40023rd April 1932; The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens in Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, it had been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.

The modern theatre was opened on 23 April 1932, rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (opened 19 April 1879) on 6 March 1926. The architect was Elisabeth Scott, so the theatre became the first important work erected in this country from the designs of a woman architect. It is now managed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and was renamed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961.

The theatre has a proscenium-arch stage, and a seating capacity of about 1,500 people, on three tiers (stalls, circle and balcony, with additional side balconies). Entrance to the balcony is via a separate door. The theatre has several notable Art Deco features, including the staircase and corridors at either side of the auditorium. It is a Grade II* listed building. The Swan Theatre and the RST (more commonly known as the Main House) share a back dock and it is possible to walk from one stage to another. The Theatre is on the western bank of the River Avon, and the bar/restaurant balcony overlooks the river.

The Royal Shakespeare Company will transform their main theatre into a modern day Shakespeare theatre. The renovations will include a thrust stage auditorium able to seat over 1,030 audience members, expanding and renovating public areas, including a new rooftop café and restaurant, and improving backstage conditions for the actors and crew. The new theatre will also be more accessible to people with disabilities, and offer a more comfortable theatre experience.

theater02_400The theatre will be a “one-room” theatre, which will allow the actors and the audience to share the same space, as they did when Shakespeare’s plays were first produced. The stage will reach out into the audience, who will be seated on three sides of it. This one-room theatre will create a more traditional Shakespearean performance area, allowing the audience to draw closer to the actors and creating a more personal theatre experience.

The funding for the project has come from many different sources including; private pledges, the Arts Council of England, and the regional development agency Arts Advantage West Midlands. The project has already reached over a total of 100 million pounds in cost and has also drawn in financial support from RSC America and its own board members.
Plans to redevelop the theatre were finalised and work commenced in 2007, with a scheduled completion date of 2010. The architects for the scheme are Rab and Denise Bennetts of Bennetts Associates and the engineers are Buro Happold.

Meanwhile performances have been transferred to the Courtyard Theatre a temporary structure with an interior matching the future RST auditorium, and which has been built attached to, and temporarily replacing, The Other Place. The redevelopment plans had a controversial ride, and as long ago as 2002, HOOT (Hands Off Our Theatre) was working to oppose the scheme when it seemed that the theatre's exterior would be demolished. However, this part of the plan has since been altered.

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Tony2010-04-24 01:06:42
I can't wait to get some tickets and visit the bard.

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