Ewart Richardson
Engineering Consultant
Jan De Jonge
Power & Dimming Technology Systems Analyst

Jan is an electrical engineer, with many years experience in the design and manufacture of dimming technology. In the early 1980’s Yan joined Penko Engineering as Technical Manager. In 1992 Jan became R&D Manager for Penko and formed IES(International Electronics Service) and in 1996 became Technical Director and owner of Penko Engineering and IES with installations throughout the world including the National Theatre, London, BBC, MTV studios, Aardman Animations Studios, Bristol, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opera Madrid, Opera Helsinki, TVE, ZDF, NDR, RTB and many more. Key tasks: Project leader/developer of the patented IES sine wave dimming technology, R&D management, international sales and project support. Jan’s achievements during his career in the entertainment lighting industry include sine wave dimming, developing and selling the first new dimming technology to major international clients in the entertainment market for over 30 years.

Mike Walker

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mike has been working in theatre sound for 35 years, splitting his time between providing consultancy for audio systems in live performance venues and designing sound for theatre shows. Two new theatres, opened in recent years, have benefitted from Mike’s design work: The Bridge Theatre for the London Theatre Company and The Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Major refurbishment works have included The Barbican Theatre where a complete replacement of the infrastructures was recently completed. At the Royal National Theatre, Mike has overseen the replacement of infrastructures in all of the venues, along with providing project management on various other audio projects including the construction of new sound studios.

Rich Walsh
Sound Designer

Rich is an experienced Sound Designer with multiple credits at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. He also has a history of venue management, project management and production sound engineering – having been variously, Studio Manager of the Burton Taylor Theatre (Oxford), Acting Deputy Chief Electrician at The Oxford Playhouse, Sound Deputy at the Royal Court Theatre (during the return to the refurbished theatres in Sloane Square), Sound Manager of the Cottesloe Theatre and Acting Head of Sound at the NT.

Notable projects include designing, installing and then managing the NT’s Sound Studios – for 10 years; replacing the entire sound and communications system in the Cottesloe; upgrading the NT’s audio playback systems (twice); designing and installing the sound and communications system for the NT’s temporary theatre The Shed. Sound Designs include Table, People (NT); Under The Blue Sky (Royal Court); Primo (Music Box Theater); Vernon God Little (Young Vic); Dinner (Wyndhams); What The Night Is For (Comedy); How To Be An Other Woman (Gate Theatre); Eigengrau (Bush Theatre); Of Mice And Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep). Associate Sound Designer for The Cat In The Hat (NT & Théâtre des Abbesses, Paris). Associate Soundscape Designer for London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Tim Deiling
Lighting Designer

Tim trained as a Lighting Designer at Royal Central School for Speech and Drama. Lighting Design Credits Include: American Idiot (West End), Knights Of The Rose (West End), Our House (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (UK Tour), Dedication (Nuffield Theatre), Miss Atomic Bomb (St James), Crazy For You, Guys & Dolls, On The 20th Century (Guildhall), Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Aladdin, Jack & The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), Vanities, Bash (Trafalgar Studios), The Mikado (UK Tour), Miracle on 34th St (UK Tour). Tim has also worked as an Associate Lighting Designer on Scottsboro Boys (West End), White Christmas (West End), Chicago The Musical (West End, Uk Tour, International), 9 to 5 The Musical (UK Tour), Pipin (Chocolate Factory), and High School Musical 2 (UK Tour).

About Us

Theatreplan is a specialist technical design consultancy, helping to create amazing spaces for performance, around the world.

What We Do

What We Do
We provide the complete range of venue and auditorium planning, and technical design services, including lighting, sound, stage engineering,
AV, digital and communications. We cover all stages of a project, from feasibility and concept design, right through to construction and opening night.

We help design new spaces for performance, wherever live or digital content is shown and created, from concert halls and school theatres, to cinemas and motion capture studios. We also help refurbish historic theatres, and work with some of the world’s largest and most complex performance venues to upgrade their technical facilities.

Our Approach
Your vision, for your performance space, provides the focus for our work. We will closely collaborate with you, and other specialists when working as part of a design team, so we understand what you really need from your space. We will be honest with you about what we think is achievable and the best ways to go about delivering your vision. We will suggest new ideas that may not have been considered before and discuss these ideas with you to ensure they meet your requirements.

Why Choose Theatreplan?
For over 35 years we have designed award winning performing arts venues, and re-imagined existing spaces, for clients around the world. Our specialist venue planners and auditorium designers help create beautiful, bespoke performance spaces, while our stage engineers, lighting, sound, AV and communications consultants, can provide cutting edge technical infrastructure design, having gained their knowledge and expertise through years of experience working in theatres.

We understand practitioners, and what creatives, directors, performers, and technicians need to make their performances thrill, excite and move audiences, with dynamic, flexible spaces that cater for the many and varied requirements for performance today.

We know what audiences want from a venue and how to make that a reality

We always factor in the needs of operators to ensure venues are sustainable for the future.

And we prioritise environmental sustainability throughout every stage of a project, to bring innovative solutions that support sustainable development.

We have an absolute commitment to ensuring client satisfaction and an engaging, fun, and genuinely collaborative approach to the creative process.

We can’t wait to hear about your project. Call us on +44 (0) 20 7841 0440 or get in touch via email: info@theatreplan.com

Our Team

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Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Executive Director
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Dave Ludlam
Dave Ludlam
Executive Director
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Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Mathew Smethurst-Evans
Executive Director
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Matt Kingslake
Matt Kingslake
Consultant
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Chris Needle
Chris Needle
Consultant and BIM Manager
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Chris Pye
Chris Pye
Senior Associate
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John Whitaker
John Whitaker
Founder Consultant
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Roger Fox
Roger Fox
Founder Consultant
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Kit Lerman
Kit Lerman
Consultant and Head of Audio, Video, Broadcast
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Jibril Muhammad
Jibril Muhammad
Junior Consultant
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Bosco Tan
Bosco Tan
Senior Associate
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Peter Crockett
Peter Crockett
Stage Engineer
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Lara Kerrison
Lara Kerrison
Architect and Theatre Planner
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Barry Pritchard
Barry Pritchard
Senior Associate
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Paolo Ribichescu
Paolo Ribichesu
BIM Architect
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Andrea Sinigaglia
Andrea Sinigaglia
BIM Architect
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Anniek Wassser
Anniek Wasser
Senior Associate
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Amy Hickson
Amy Hickson
Practice Coordinator
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Helen Walker
Helen Walker MBE
Director of Operations

Our Partnerships

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