BAM have successfully handed over the RSC’s new TOP transformed from the much loved Courtyard Theatre, also designed by the practice.
It coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
WSP undertook most of the engineering, with Gillieron Scott the acoustic design, G&T costs and EQ2L / RSC the lighting design. Built within the external steel structure of The Courtyard Theatre, the new TOP includes a 200-seat flexible studio theatre, two new rehearsal rooms, and a new home for the RSC’s 30,000 piece Costume Store. The old foyer is now Susie’s café – bar and the public can also take tours including the costume store and exhibitions.
Original project page here: http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/projects/rsc_theatre/