Play On: Contemporary Theatre Architecture in Britain

By Alistair Fair

• The book provides the first detailed overview of contemporary theatre
architecture in Britain
• The well-illustrated case studies reveal best practice which should be of
interest to those commissioning and designing new cultural and/or public
• Several examples including the National Theatre, Scottish Opera, the
Everyman in Liverpool and the recently opened Bridge Theatre in London
and their designers (including Haworth Tompkins, Page/Park, Richard
Murphy and Denys Lasdun) have international profile and appeal
This book documents and celebrates Britain’s contemporary theatre architecture. It is
about the conception, design, and delivery of spaces for drama between c. 2008 and
2018, a period of economic recession and financial austerity which has nonetheless seen
a significant number of well received theatre-building projects.
Intended not only for theatre enthusiasts but also individuals and organisations who
may be contemplating a capital project of their own, Play On provides detailed
‘contemporary histories’ of ten recent projects. It includes new theatres, like Liverpool’s
prize-winning Everyman Theatre and Cast in Doncaster, as well as major refurbishment
and restoration schemes such as the National Theatre in London and the Citizens
Theatre, Glasgow. Architects whose work is discussed include Haworth Tompkins,
Aedas Arts Team, Bennetts Associates, Richard Murphy Architects, and Page\Park. An
extended introductory section sets the case studies in their historical and contemporary
contexts, and draws out key themes, including sustainability, accessibility, and the need
for theatres to be efficient yet welcoming ‘public’ spaces.
Dr Alistair Fair is Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. He
specialises in British architecture since

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