• Architecture
  • Arts

Theatre Royal, Stratford East


The Theatre Royal is a Grade II listed suburban theatre which achieved national significance as the home of Joan Littlewood’s ‘Theatre Workshop’ productions. Our refurbishment of the auditorium included uncovering and restoring original panelling and gold frieze along the Upper Circle walls. This was completed entirely during a seven week summer closure.

Front and back of house facilities have been radically improved as part of the lottery funded Stratford Circus redevelopment, which adds a new performing arts centre.

“...With its remodelled boxes and circles, acres of plush carpet, and repainted gilt and scarlet plasterwork making you blink under the new house lights, Matcham and Buckle’s 1884 auditorium has reverted from pathetic waif to a heavy swell. Magnificent.” - Independent on Sunday

Project Details:

Refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed theatre in LB Newham.

Client: London Borough of Newham

Construction Value: £250k (phase 1) and £6m (phase 2)

Completion: 1993 (phase 1) and 2001 (phase 2)

Location: Stratford East

Image: Peter Durant