The Royal Shakespeare Company has produced new images of its proposed #100 million transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
They accompanied a planning application which was submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council this week.
The new images show changes in the designs by architects Bennetts Associates since outline sketches were published in June.
They include a larger roof which floats over the retained Art Deco facade and extends south to wrap around the existing flytower and backstage wings.
Revisions to the design of the 35 metre tall tower include the creation of an insulated and waterproofed viewing room, offering views over the town and the river. Three brick walls that taper and twist towards the top of the tower contain the inner steel structure, the stairs and lifts.
At the heart of the project is a new main stage for the company, designed with theatre consultants Charcoalblue. The RSC’s aim is to create the best theatre for Shakespeare in the world, a modern take on the courtyard theatres of Shakespeare’s day, with a thrust stage auditorium seating just over 1,000 people.
Designs from project will retain the key Art Deco elements of the Grade II* listed theatre while creating a more welcoming, combined entrance for both the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres.
Features of the scheme include an accessible riverside walkway running alongside the theatres and a new street-like foyer space added to the west facade.
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