Theatres are places where people make magic out of the ordinary on a daily basis. They are amongst our oldest and most warmly regarded social and architectural heritage, up there with churches as a long-standing institution ‘owned’ by their community: more so than any palace or parliament monument.
The challenge of designing and building a truly successful theatre is as addictive as the theatre experience itself—and equally hard to grasp and to define. The combination of all the facilities in their right relationship and size is only the beginning of the story. To functional suitability must be added the magic of ambience and intimacy, qualities that will lift a room from being a clinical auditorium to a loved theatre and a foyer from being a milling space to a favourite community hang-out.
Oh You Beautiful Stage! is a unique guide combining general advice with specific, detailed information about successful theatre design and project processes, put together by passionate theatre design practitioners and operators. Hopefully, this substantially more detailed third edition will help the owners, initiators and designers of theatres to make their renovation, upgrade or new-build projects as successful as possible, having surmounted the equally difficult hurdle of getting their project funded – Virginia Ross – on behalf of the project team.
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