Liverpool’s Royal Court

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  • © Timothy Soar
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  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar
  • © Timothy Soar

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award



North West

Local Authority Area


Information about this scheme

Liverpool's Royal Court project is an exercise in restrained, phased reinvention. Surviving World War II and the Blitz, the interiors of Liverpool’s iconic 1930’s theatre have been revitalised to breathe new life into the Grade II listed art deco building that it is a major part of Liverpool’s heritage. The cabaret-style stall seating and the bar have been remodelled; the foyer and auditorium redecorated and new circle seating, a balcony and new toilets have been inserted. Within a modest budget, the central approach was for the whole design team to work closely with the theatre, its staff and the existing building to create modest interventions that gave the theatre a new lease of life and the audience a memorable experience. The building is a model of survival through reinvention, building on the good work of the Royal Court Trust to continue that tradition for the next generation, bringing the much-loved theatre into the 21st century. 



Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Royal Court Theatre Trust

Project Manager


Main Contractor

Mellwood Construction

Structural Engineer


M&E Engineers

Steven Hunt Associates

Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre