Core Business / Areas of Diversification

Theatre Consultancy
Acoustic Consultancy
Lead Consultancy
Digital Consultancy


Key personnel/Contacts

General –
Andy Hayles, Managing Partner –
Gavin Green, Senior Partner: Design and Marketing –
Jon Stevens, Senior Partner: Finance and Contracts –
Gary Sparkes, Partner: Operations –
Katy Winter, Partner: People –
Rich Garfield, London Studio Principal –
Steve Roberts, Bristol Studio Principal –
Steve Green, Glasgow Studio Prinicpal –
John Owens, Partner and New York Studio Principal –
Eric Lawrence, Melbourne Studio Principal –
Nicholas Smith, Marketing Coordinator –

Company Addresses

London Studio

180 The Strand
2 Arundel Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7928 0000

Bristol Studio

6 King Street
Tel: +44 (0)117 325 9280

Glasgow Studio

The Old Sheriff Court
105 Brunswick Street
G1 1TF
Tel: +44 (0) 141 280 9280

New York Studio

150 West 28th Street
Suite 1504
New York
NY 10001
Tel: +1.212.645.0790

Melbourne Studio

4A/104 Johnston Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Tel: +61 (03) 9417 6524


Company Profile

Charcoalblue is the world’s leading theatre design consultancy. Founded in 2004, they have grown to a team of more than fifty working across five international studios including London, Bristol, Glasgow, New York and Melbourne.

As the theatre consultants, acousticians and digital designers of choice for many of the world’s leading architects and theatre companies, our UK portfolio includes 7 auditoria for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 2 auditoria for the National Theatre as well as new spaces for ENO, Gyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. Our North American projects include the new Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center in NY, and two auditoria in Chicago – one for Steppenwolf and one for Chicago Shakespeare. Charcoalblue have 12 major projects due to complete across the world in 2017.

Cutting-edge collaborations such as Siobhan Davies Dance, Graeae, T2, St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York, the Donmar Warehouse, Oval House and La Mama continue to diversify our portfolio.

Our unique collaborative approach and relentless attention to detail has won us awards, ecstatic reviews from the theatrical and architectural press and, most importantly, praise from our theatres’ performers, technicians and audiences. Despite our growth, we remain grounded in theatre practice and performance, and are still driven by a passion for all types of performing arts projects, big or small, new-build or refurbishment.


Business Operating Zone



Current Projects

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Illinois
Perth Theatre, Scotland
Perse School, Cambridge
Alexandra Palace, London
Center Stage, Baltimore
Storyhouse, Chester
Bristol Old Vic Anniversary Works
Hull New Theatre, Hull
Royal Opera House, London
Astana, Kazakhstan
Southbank Centre, London
LAMDA, London
St Giles Circus, London
TheatreSquared, Arkansas
The Perelman Center, NYC
Steppenwolf, Chicago
Walker’s Court, London
Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham
St George’s, Bristol
Brighton Dome, Brighton
Susan Roberts Academy, London


Recent Projects

Theatre Peckham, London
Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York
Wells Cathedral School, Somerset
National Theatre, Scotland
Brighton College
Chateau d’Hardelot, France
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Theatre Royal, York
St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn
Lyric Hammersmith, London
HOME, Manchester
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
The Rotondes, Luxembourg
St Paul’s School, Barnes
Roundabout Theatre
National Theatre, London
Chichester Festival Theatre
Donmar Warehouse
Liverpool Everyman
Bristol Old Vic
Theatre Royal Newcastle
Marlowe Theatre
Glyndebourne Ebert Room
The Hepworth Wakefield
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Hoffmann Building, Snape
National Theatre Studio
Young Vic Theatre
RSC Courtyard Theatre
English National Opera



Society of Theatre Consultants
The Theatres Trust
Association of Lighting Designers
Institute of Electrical Engineers
Institute of Acoustics
Society for Theatre Research
Acoustic Society of America
Audio Engineering Society



ABTT Backstage Professional Development Conference
League of American Orchestras Conference
ABTT Theatre Show


Awards Won

x 1 RIBA Stirling Prize
x 37 RIBA Awards
x 3 USITT Awards
x 2 Wallpaper* Awards
x 2 Architizer Awards
x 22 Civic Trust Awards
x 8 RICS Awards
x 5 NLA Awards
x 2 Retrofit Awards
x 5 AIA Awards
x 3 BCIA Awards
x 2 WAN Awards
x 3 Blueprint Awards


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