UK – Stratford on Avon – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Shakespeare Memorial Theatre: 1932 – 1961
Renamed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1961 after the formation of the theatre company of the same name. 

Built following the destruction of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre by fire in 1926 (19 April 1879 – 6 March 1926), on a site adjacent to the former theatre.

Timeline / Equipment

  • 19 April 1879 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens
  • 6 March 1926 Theatre severely damaged by fire

  • 1928 – Elizabeth Scott (1898 – 1972) announced as the architect of the rebuilding project. She was the first female architect to design a major public building in Britain, and was still in her 20’s when she won an international competition to pick the designer. 

  • 1932 – New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens, with 1400 seats

  • 1951 – Strand Electronic for Thyratron
  • 1971 (from The Stage Guide)
    Electrics: Strand Electronic in auditorium control room. Dimmers – 144 (15kW to 2kW); 2 presets; 2 groups. Circuits – FOH 45; Flies 41; Stage dips 16. Socket type 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 1000A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 225A on 3 phases. Footlights are removable. 
    Sound: Console SL. 4 amplifiers x 120W and 2 x 50W. 4 tape decks. No turntables. 7 mic sockets (Cannon 3 pin). 46 loudspeakers with 18 sockets (Cannon 4 pin)
  • 1971/2? – Strand DDM installed
  • ???? – Strand Galaxy installed (in place in 1987)
  • 2007 – 2010: Transformation Project to create a new 1040 seat thrust stage auditorium. 

1964 – 400th Anniversary

 

Links to information about equipment at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon over the years

  • Electronic Control for Thyratron (Strand)
  • Grand Master Board (Strand)
  • DDM / System DDM (Strand)
  • Galaxy (Strand)
  • Matrix (Electronic Theatre Controls / ETC)
  • Lightlock (RSC)
  • Documents

    Give Me Some Light - Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
    Give Me Some Light - Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (March 1958)
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    Mentions of Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon in indexed journals

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    Coriolanus Get-In Time Lapse, September 2017