Dave Ludlam

Executive Director

Dave is Theatreplan's Executive Director
Stage Engineering and Technical

Dave Ludlam Queen Elizabeth Hall
Dave Ludlam Queen Elizabeth Hall

Dave has been with Theatreplan for almost 20 years and is one of the world's leading stage engineers. Dave had a 14-year career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, based at the Barbican Theatre in London, where he was responsible for the design and management of all types of stage machinery and ensuring legal compliance. As a chartered engineer, with a background in instrumentation and high integrity, real-time industrial control software, Dave has brought his expert stage engineering skills to many of Theatreplan’s flagship projects, including at the award-winning Copenhagen Opera House, the Barbican Theatre and Concert Hall, and at Sydney Opera House.

Prior to joining Theatreplan, Dave worked on an incredible variety of freelance engineering projects, from a high speed food processing project for Sortex (now the Bühler Group), where he engineered conveyor belt tension controls to work with their optical sorting machines, improving the economies of food production lines. Dave also worked with Imperial College, on the eLISA probe (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), writing ground test software for the European Space Agency mission designed to detect and accurately measure gravitational waves.

Dave is now Project Leader on many of Theatreplan’s most complex and high profile projects. He writes and oversees Employer's Requirements and is responsible for ensuring contractors’ compliance with relevant standards and regulations for these highly complex engineering systems. He recently completed the final stages of the engineering upgrades for the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House, and a feasibility study for technical improvements to Copenhagen Playhouse.

Dave believes honesty with the client is always the best policy, particularly around budget and project options. In addition to his high level engineering expertise he is known for his friendly approach and excellent client engagement skills.

Current Position
Executive Director

Joined Theatreplan
2003

Qualifications
BSC (Hons) In Electrical And Electronic Engineering
CEng

Professional Associations
MIET, IoTC, ABTT

Relevant Projects

London Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre
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London Harold Pinter Theatre
Harold Pinter Theatre
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Operaen Copenhagen
Operaen, Copenhagen
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Sheffield Crucible Theatre
Crucible Theatre
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Dunstable Grove Fly Tower
Grove Theatre, Dunstable
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Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney
Sydney Opera House
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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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Directors
Consultants
Architects/Technical
Operations
Associates
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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

Theatreplan is proud to support the following sector organisations

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