Understanding & working with post-war theatres report published

Between the mid-1950s and the early 1980s, Britain witnessed a boom in theatre building, at a range of scales from modest amateur venues to such multi-auditorium complexes as the National Theatre. This report sets these buildings in context before exploring the particular opportunities and challenges that they present as far as capital projects are concerned – from fabric repair to significant remodeling and extension.

The acceleration in theatre building was in response to post-war regeneration and the Housing the Arts scheme. Theatres built in this period are now reaching a critical point in their lifespan and many are in need of refurbishment and rejuvenation.  

Theatres Trust brought together theatre operators with others interested in the history and conservation of these buildings to discuss the opportunities and challenges they present.

We are pleased to publish this workshop report written by Dr Alistair Fair who chaired this event.

Download Understanding & working with post-war theatre buildings workshop report

The report was made possible with support from the University of Edinburgh.

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