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Theatre Consultants Theatreplan Chosen to Work on the Transformation of The King’s Theatre Edinburgh

UK – The global theatre design, and technical theatre consultancy, Theatreplan, will be working with architects, Bennetts Associates on the forthcoming major redevelopment of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. The designs from Bennetts Associates for the redeveloped theatre were unveiled recently and show a design that retains the majesty of the original building but re-imagines it for the 21st century.

The transformational project will preserve and revitalise the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s oldest and most loved theatres, making it a vibrant, dynamic and accessible cultural destination for generations to come.

Mathew Smethurst-Evans, executive director UK for Theatreplan said: “Theatreplan is thrilled to be part of the team rejuvenating this historic theatre and modernising its facilities to meet the needs of the 21st century.”

Opened in 1906, The King’s Theatres Edinburgh welcomes over 200,000 visitors every year. An important venue for touring drama, musicals and children’s shows, it is home to Scotland’s biggest Panto production and each year plays a pivotal role in hosting the Edinburgh International Festival. The King’s is one of a handful of Grade A listed theatres in the UK that has still to have a major redevelopment and is the only surviving operational theatre by the architects Swanston and Davidson.

Now 112 years old, the King’s requires major redevelopment to meet the needs of today’s audiences, and today’s performers, and to safeguard it for generations to come. Duncan Hendry, chief executive of capital Theatres said: “The King’s Theatre holds a special place in the hearts of many people from Edinburgh and further afield. The King’s really is ‘Everyone’s Theatre’ and throughout this exciting redevelopment project we hope people will help us secure the future of their theatre.”

An ambitious redevelopment project will result in the repair, enhancement and expansion of one of Scotland’s oldest working theatres. This bold project will overhaul the interior and exterior of the theatre to enrich the audience experience and create a renewed sense of destination for the King’s Theatre. Transformation of the King’s will re-invigorate the artistic programme, by providing the facilities to attract the very best productions to the city. The project will cost in the region of £20million and the fundraising campaign is underway.

The design team have created initial designs and will continue to develop these through 2019, with a finalised design ready in 2020. Redevelopment works are scheduled to begin in September 2021, with the theatre closed for 20 months, reopening summer 2023. James Nelmes, associate director at Bennetts Associates said: “The King’s Theatre has a unique place in the hearts and minds of many Edinburgh residents and is a theatre of national architectural importance. We are delighted to be working with Capital Theatres and Theatreplan to bring it to the next stage.

Theatreplan Director, Roger Fox said: “Theatreplan is looking forward to bringing its 30 years of experience in system upgrade and redevelopment projects at historic venues to the King’s Theatre Edinburgh transformation project. We are excited to be working with Capital Theatres and the King’s Theatre on this major project that will modernise the stage facilities and enhance the audience experience. Theatreplan’s problem solving abilities and in-depth knowledge of current technologies are perfectly suited to the challenge of this transformation. We are pleased to be working again alongside Bennetts Associates with whom we have forged a strong working partnership on new build and refurbishment schemes including at Hampstead Theatre, and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.”

10th December 2018

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