Theatre / Space Design

Chicago Theatre interior, 2011 © Can Stock Photo / rabbit75can

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Anatomy of a Theatre – the different parts of a theatre building

Stage Layouts:

  • Arena
  • End-On
  • Thrust
  • In-The-Round

Designing and Specifying a Space for Drama

Raked Stages

The Beginners Guide to Adaptable Theatres (Tabs - 1957)

Theatre Projects - Parts of a Theatre Building 
[366kb PDF]

Proscenium Arch Theatres

Arena Theatres / In-The-Round



Theatre Architects:

Frank Matcham (1854 – 1920)

Legendary Victorian theatre architect and designer, who is responsible for many iconic British buildings. The Frank Matcham Society celebrates his work. 

W & T.R.Milburn

William Milburn (1858 – 1935) and Thomas Ridley Milburn (1861 – 1943) became the premier theatre architectural firm in the north of England. 

  • Olympia, Newcastle upon Tyne (1893, Thomas Milburn, in association with Thomas Oliver & Leeson)
  • Empire Palace, South Shields (1896-7, for Moss Empires, with Frank Matcham as consultant)
  • Empire, Sunderland (1906)
  • Union Mill, Montrose Angus, Scotland (1921)
  • Coliseum Theatre  Glasgow, Scotland (1922)
  • Empire Palace Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland (1927 – rebuilding of Matcham’s theatre)
  • Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland (1928 – internal rebuilding of Matcham’s theatre on a larger scale & alterations to the exterior)
  • Empire, Southampton (1929)
  • Empire Palace, South Shields (1929, major alterations)
  • Empire, Glasgow (1931?1928? alterations)
  • New (Apollo) Theatre, Oxford (1933, with T P Bennett)

More about the Milburn practice


William George Robert Sprague (1863 – 1933) Theatre architect.
More about Sprague at the Arthur Lloyd website 

Walter Gropius

Developed a concept for the Total Theater for Erwin Piscator in 1926, which was not able to be practically realised in his lifetime. Some of the groundbreaking ideas were incorporated into the design of the New London Theatre which opened in 1973.

Walter Gropius Total Theatre 3d Visualization. from Javier Nuñez on Vimeo.

External Links


Gala Systems
Theatre Projects Design [UK, USA, France, China]

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