Joan Sutherland Theatre Renewal
Trafalgar Theatre


Theatres are vital and valued community assets.

In the 21st century they have to be

welcoming, flexible, and sustainable.

With the demands of modern theatre production, the ever present need to both increase revenue and to meet growing audience expectations, theatre owners often need to refurbish and upgrade their theatres, to make sure they remain vibrant, relevant and able to deliver. By investing in the improvement and upgrading of facilities and technical equipment, cost and time savings can be achieved, income can be increased, and a wider programme of productions and other events can be staged. Flexibility is key to allowing operators to ensure theatres can support a wide range of activities and, in doing so, add value to the core business.

Audiences too demand more of theatres today. They want a great visitor experience that is accessible to all. Once in the auditorium, they expect to feel immersed in a performance, connected to the action with excellent sightlines and audibility. The needs of performers and technicians are vital to consider, to ensure they can work in the best possible environment to make great theatre happen.

Theatreplan is highly experienced in advising on the refurbishment of existing theatres and helping clients address these issues. We have vast experience across all types of performance spaces, from listed Victorian and Edwardian theatres and modernist 20th century theatres, in need of updating, to some of the world's leading concert halls and opera houses.

Our current portfolio of refurbishment projects in the UK includes Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Battersea Arts Centre and Oldham Coliseum. Internationally we recently completed the refurbishment of the stage engineering systems at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, and at Copenhagen Opera House, one of Theatreplan’s flagship projects.