Trafalgar Theatre, London
Theatreplan has worked with architects Foster Wilson Size to reinstate the magnificent art deco Trafalgar Theatre in London to its former glory.
The Grade II listed, 630-seat theatre, originally opened in 1930 as the Whitehall Theatre. In 2004 the old theatre had been altered to become two studio theatres. In 2019 the client, Trafalgar Entertainment, made the decision to convert the studios back to one large theatre and strip away the additions to the original theatre, built up over decades, which had hidden the stunning design features underneath.
Equally importantly, the newly restored gem of a theatre had to be technically fit for 21st century performance requirements. Theatreplan worked to reinstate the original balcony front, which had been stored away for many years. Clever design now means that the original balcony facia hides a modern system for removing the back of the balcony to enable the laying of cables when required, to suit newly incoming shows. Theatreplan also specified demountable lighting bars on the balcony front so if desired, the balcony can be returned entirely to its original state, without lighting bars and visible fixtures. The reinstated theatre boxes now also provide additional technical operating positions.
Theatreplan renewed all lighting and sound positions in the front of house area so all are updated to allow for heavy equipment and modern movable lighting can be installed safely at front of house. We introduced motorised hanging points downstage allowing for quicker, simpler fit-ups and an easier operating system. We also specified the technical infrastructure to provide modern lighting for front and back of house.
Additionally, we introduced a refurbished stage management position, upgraded front and back of house call systems, and provided video relay throughout the building. Refurbished dressing rooms benefit from show relay facilities and all controls for light and show relay are DDA compliant. The whole building now benefits from upgraded lighting and audio connectivity, through the provision of fibre and data connections throughout the venue.
Whilst the Trafalgar Theatre now has the sophisticated ambience of the glamorous 1930s, the leading-edge technical infrastructure will ensure the highest technical specification is available for presenting London’s most exciting theatre experiences.
Foster Wilson Size