The Royal Shakespeare Company appointed Ian Ritchie Architects in October 2004 to lead the design of the temporary RSC Transition Theatre in Stratford. Within 2 months of our appointment a detailed planning application was submitted by the RSC on 13th December. The engineering consultants working with the RSC project team includes WSP, King Shaw Associates and Paul Gillieron Acoustic Design. The RSC will have the new 1000 seat Transition Theatre available for performances in April 2006 in time for the planned Complete Works of Shakespeare Festival. The Transition Theatre will be in use for a few years as the main house while the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre theatre is rebuilt.