Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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RSC Theatre Building, Stratford-upon-Avon

English Theatre Building in Warwickshire, England, UK

23 Nov 2017 + 30 Nov 1999

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre – TOP

Design: Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd

Location: 22 Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BH, England

The Royal Shakespeare Company Courtyard Theatre – The Other Place

The Other Place (TOP) at the RSC in Stratford upon Avon began in the 1970s as a small new writing studio theatre in a tin shed. It was rebuilt as a brick building in the 1980s and in 2005 Ian Ritchie Architects designed the temporary 1040 seat Courtyard Theatre adjacent to the brick “TOP”.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Entrance – photo © Stewart Hemley

It was enclosed by folded Corten steel with an internal clear-span steel structure. It was the RSC’s main theatre until the transformed RST was reopened in 2011. The reuse and adaptation of the 11,300m3 of Courtyard Theatre space was a challenging volumetric exercise.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Foyer with conversation booths – photo © iRAL

To compose and organise a multitude of spaces, each technically specific, demanded at each stage rigorous analysis of acoustics, public / private routes, fire controls and escapes while seeking a harmony and thrill of a new spatial composition.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Foyer from level 1 – photo © Stewart Hemley

New uses within the now iconic enclosure were introduced over five floors and now house a 200 seat adaptable studio theatre, two rehearsal rooms (theatre, music and TV studio quality), a centralised home across three floors for the RSC’s costume department and costume archives, video department, break-out spaces and ‘get-in’ dock and store. One key design consideration was to open the building up to the public – for performances, for public tours including costume store, and the hosting of community and corporate events.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Studio Theatre being set up – photo © Stewart Hemley

The former ‘The Other Place’ was renovated and adapted over two floors to provide entry / circulation space, box office, café-bar, exhibition, break-out spaces and toilets. A new naturally lit vertical core within the adapted courtyard steel box includes a translucent polycarbonate lined double lift shaft providing access between ground and upper levels.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Foyer – photo © Stewart Hemley

RSC Courtyard Theatre
photo © Stewart Hemley

RSC Courtyard Theatre
photo © Stewart Hemley

Rooflights and new windows were cut into the Corten envelope to provide natural light and highlight new dramatic spaces. Services are largely exposed, which optimises available headroom, eases maintenance and adaptability, and contributes to the intentionally busy and slightly rough edged “back of house” designed atmosphere of this vibrant collection of theatre spaces. At a construction cost of £7m, it reopened as the new TOP in 2016.

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Foyer from Front Desk – photo © Stewart Hemley

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre – Building Information

Client: Royal Shakespeare Company
Architect: Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd
Gross Floor area: 5450m2 (GIA)
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Status: Completed – Feb 2016
Project start date: 2014-15
Cost: £7m

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Vertical Core – photo © Stewart Hemley

Collaborators:
Contractor: BAM Construction
Project Manager: Harper Tackley Consultants
Structural, Services and Fire Engineer: WSP
Acoustic Consultant: Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Lighting Consultant: EQ2 Light and RSC
Theatre Consultants: Charcoalblue & Tom Piper
Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates

RSC Courtyard Theatre
photo © iRAL

Awards:
IStructE Midlands Counties Regional Awards Arts or Entertainment Structures Award: Winner (2016)

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Studio Theatre – photo © iRAL

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Ground Level Rehearsal Room – photo © iRAL

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Performance Space – photo © Stewart Hemley

RSC Courtyard Theatre
Seminar break-out space – photo © Stewart Hemley

RSC Courtyard Theatre building : RIBA National Award 2007

RSC Courtyard Theatre

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