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For Theatreplan, performance is everything.

We have unparalleled experience and expertise, designing award winning performing arts venues, and re-imagining existing spaces, around the world. We provide the complete range of theatre planning and leading-edge technical design services for clients, and feel equally at home working in the world’s premiere opera houses and concert halls, as we are creating beautiful, bespoke performance spaces in schools, universities and lyric theatres, or new places for performance.

Working in collaboration with a range of architectural practices we have created many award-winning venues, including Tara Theatre (2017: Winner Culture & Community Category for Built Projects at the New London Awards); the Lyric Theatre Belfast (RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2012) and School of the Arts in Singapore (Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture and RIBA International Award 2011).

Amongst our current projects are: Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Oldham Coliseum in the UK; in Europe, Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman and Copenhagen Opera House; East Kowloon Cultural Centre and the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, and the 15,000 seat GEG Arena in Macau, China. We have long established working relationships with many world-class clients, including the Royal Opera House in London and the Sydney Opera House, where we recently completed the first major upgrade in theatre machinery since the Opera House opened, for the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Theatreplan’s consultants have all developed their craft within leading cultural organisations in the UK, such as the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and through hands-on experience within numerous regional theatres and touring companies. There is Director level involvement in every project we undertake, which means our clients benefit from a depth and breadth of knowledge others simply can't match.  Our specialist theatre planners, auditorium designers, stage engineers, and lighting, sound, video and communications consultants, have a long-standing reputation for pioneering design, an absolute commitment to ensuring client satisfaction, together with an engaging, fun and genuinely collaborative approach to the creative process.

Theatreplan has been developing a new brand identity, and website, to be launched this summer. Executive Director UK, Mathew Smethurst Evans, says, “We have been working with SEA Design, to create a look and feel that expresses Theatreplan’s pioneering approach to design, developed throughout the last 30 years. We have focussed on the strength and depth of expertise within the team, and the high level of client engagement and commitment which marks Theatreplan out, to develop a fresh, contemporary look that reflects how the company works today”.


Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Australia

The iconic Sydney Opera House, which opened in 1973, is home to Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet, and stages a vast range of productions across five venues. In 2017 Theatreplan completed the first major upgrade in theatre machinery since the Opera House opened, including all the over-stage and under-stage machinery, for the JST.

Tara Theatre, London, UK

This project was a dream of Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, and took many years to progress from the initial idea to the jewel of a venue it now is. Working with AEDAS, Theatreplan provided theatre planning, auditorium design, stage machinery and lighting, sound communications, and audio visual to create this award winning small theatre.

East Kowloon Cultural Centre, Hong Kong

Theatreplan is working with Hong Kong based architects, Rocco Design, to create a new government cultural facility which will house five performance spaces including a 1,200-seat lyric theatre, 550-seat thrust stage theatre and three smaller studios. The project has an estimated cost of HK$4.1 billion and is expected to open in 2020.

Channing School, London, UK

Our impressive record in designing for the educational sector led to this collaboration. with architects Buckley Gray Yeoman, designing a 300-seat, flexible, performance facility for this independent school in Highgate. The galleried auditorium, retractable seating and a user-friendly technical infrastructure ensures the new space can cater for a wide variety of performances and uses.

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