The Shaftesbury Theatre

  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook
  • © Peter Cook

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Camden

Information about this scheme

The Shaftesbury Theatre is a prominent listed building in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, with an ornate faience façade. Under its current ownership since 1984, the Shaftesbury has built a reputation as a receiving house for large-scale musical theatre however, with the technical demands of modern day productions increasing; the Edwardian timber-framed fly tower was increasingly seen as a limitation on the commercial potential of the venue. The dramatic new fly tower project entailed building a 35-tonne capacity fly tower, offices and plant, on top of an existing Grade II listed, theatre which had to remain operational throughout the construction. With the volume and height fixed by technical constraints, the serrated shape of the fly tower extension forms a dramatic angular volume on the skyline, echoing the diagonal alignment of Shaftesbury Avenue and accommodating windows, smoke vents and other technical requirements within a unified geometry of angular planes. It is fabricated from panels of weathering steel, complementing the adjoining building’s faience and brickwork. The fly tower represents a striking and visually attractive addition to the public realm and sustains the use of a listed theatre building for the long term, ensuring its viability by opening up the widest possible range of productions.

Credits

Applicant

Bennetts Associates

Architect

Bennetts Associates

Client

Shaftesbury Theatre/The Theatre of Comedy Company

Owner

Shaftesbury Theatre/The Theatre of Comedy Company

Main Contractor

Fabrite Engineering Ltd

Project Manager

GVA Acuity

Quantity Surveyor

GVA Acuity

Services Engineer

E3 Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer

M. J. Consulting Engineers

Acoustic Consultant

Gillieron Scott

Fire Engineering

The Fire Surgery

Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre