Core Business/Areas of Diversification

Theatre Planning
Auditorium Design
Stage Engineering
Technical Equipment Consultancy
Feasibility Studies
Technical Masterplanning
Heritage Reports
Project Management
Safety Audits
Turnkey Projects


Key Personnel / Contacts

Michael Atkinson, Executive Director, Lighting Consultant and Sustainability Coordinator
Roger Fox, Director, Theatre and Historic Buildings Consultant
Dave Ludlam, Executive Director, Stage, Electrical Power and Control Engineer
Mathew Smethurst-Evans, Executive Director, Sound, Video and Communications Consultant
John Whitaker, Director, Performance Technology Consultant
Helen Walker, Director of Operations


Company Address

31 Colonnade


Business Operating Zone



Company Profile

For Theatreplan, performance is everything.

We are a theatre design, and technical theatre consultancy, helping clients create amazing spaces for performance, around the world.


Theatreplan was founded over 30 years ago by one of the world’s first, and leading theatre consultants, Richard Brett. His legacy continues to guide our commitment to excellence and innovation in theatre design and technology.

What we do

We provide the complete range of theatre planning and leading-edge technical design services for clients. We work with some of the world’s leading performance venues but are just as excited by helping clients create beautiful, bespoke spaces for performance in schools, universities and lyric theatres, or brand-new theatres. We can provide expert advice in upgrading theatres with important heritage significance.

Our approach

Your vision, for your performance space, provides the focus and impetus for our pioneering design work.

We will truly collaborate with you to understand your vision. We listen carefully so we understand what you really want and need from your new space. We will be honest with you about what we think is achievable and the best ways to go about delivering your vision. We pride ourselves on our ability to suggest new ideas, and ways of seeing, that may not have been considered before.

Why choose Theatreplan

We have unparalleled experience and expertise, designing award winning performing arts venues, and re-imagining existing spaces, around the world. Our specialist theatre planners, auditorium designers, stage engineers, and lighting, sound, video and communications consultants have gained their knowledge and expertise through years of experience working at the highest levels, with some of the world’s leading theatres.

We understand how directors, performers and technicians think and what they need to make their performances thrill, excite and move audiences.

We have an absolute commitment to ensuring client satisfaction, together with an engaging, fun and genuinely collaborative approach to the creative process.

Critically, we have a long-standing reputation for delivering what we promise.


Current Projects

American School in London
Esplanade Theatres on the bay, Singapore
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
New Territories East Cultural Centre, Fanling, Hong Kong
Norwich University of the Arts
Old River Lane, Bishops Stortford
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Royal Albert Hall, London
Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith, London
Wycombe Abbey School, Nanjing, China
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Dublin Institute of Science and Technology
Copenhagen Opera House
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Cork Opera House
Horton Chapel, Epsom
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
East Kowloon Cultural Centre, Hong Kong
Royal Opera House, London
Crown Wharf, Stone
Tullamore Community Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
Valley Park School, Maidstone
Briery Gap Theatre, Ireland
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Limerick University, Ireland
Strand Aldwych Development
Collins Music Hall, London


Recent Projects

Freespace, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Battersea Arts Centre
Galaxy Arena, Macau, China
Hampstead Theatre, London
Barbican Theatre and Concert Hall Upgrades, London
Eastbourne Congress Theatre
Channing School, London
Tara Theatre, London
LSO St Luke’s, London
Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire





Awards Won

2020: AABC Conservation Award, Civic Trust, Battersea Arts Centre
2019: The Stage Theatre Building of the Year, Battersea Arts Centre
2019: RIBA London Award, Battersea Arts Centre
2019: RIBA National Award, Battersea Arts Centre
2019: Wood Awards, Interiors Winner, Battersea Arts Centre
2019: RIBA National Award, Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre
2018: Proposed Building Award, Scottish Design Awards, Glasgow Citizens Theatre
2017: Culture and Community Category for Built Projects, New London Awards: Tara Theatre
2016: London Construction Awards Project of the Year: Tara Arts Theatre
2016: RIBA International Award: dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
2016: Selwyn Goldsmith Award for International Design: dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
2016: Civic Trust Award: dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire
2016: RIAS Doolan Prize: Saunders Centre, Glasgow Academy
2013 USITT Award: Garsington Opera Pavilion, Wormsley
2013 Civic Trust Award: Old Fire Station, Oxford
2012 APM Project Management Community Project of the Year: Old Fire Station, Oxford
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Lyric Theatre, Belfast
2012 Civic Trust Award: Lyric Theatre, Belfast
2012 Architectural Association of Ireland Award: Lyric Theatre, Belfast
2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist: Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2012 RICS Award: Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2012 Civic Trust Award: Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2012 RIBA Award: Garsington Opera Pavilion, Wormsley
2011 Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture: School of the Arts, Singapore
2011 RIBA International Award: School of the Arts, Singapore
2011 Green Good Design Award: School of the Arts, Singapore
2011 World Architecture Festival, Learning Building of the Year: School of the Arts, Singapore
2010 STC Award: Grove Theatre, Dunstable
2010 RIBA Award: Goole Junction
2010 RIBA Award: Edward Alleyn Building, Alleyn’s School, Dulwich
2009 Presidents Design Award, Singapore: Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, Singapore
2009 Australian Institute of Architecture Award: Melbourne Recital Centre
2009 Victoria Architecture Medal: Melbourne Recital Centre
2008 RIBA Award: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
2008 Best Leisure and Retail Building, Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards: Eden Court Theatre
2008 Sustainability Award, Glasgow Institute of Architects Awards: Eden Court Theatre
2008 Best New Building Highlands and Islands, Inverness Architectural Association Awards: Eden Court Theatre
2006 Civic Trust Award: Broadway Theatre, Barking
2005 USITT Merit Award: Operaen, Copenhagen
2004 USITT Honor Award: Brighton Dome
2003 RIBA Award: Hampstead Theatre, London


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