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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Prize(s) Winners in Heritage Lighting
Company BDP
Lead Designers Colin Ball
Other Designer's names Jonathan Redden
Architecture Company Haworth Tompkins
Interior Design Company Alexander Waterworth Interiors
Client LW Theatres Group Ltd
Photo Credits Paul Karalius
Other Credits Tom Niven
Completion Date July 2021
Project Location London
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Entry Description

For the first time in a century the Grade I listed Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been completely refurbished to cutting edge production standard, from the back of the house through the auditorium to the original reception rooms. The building is now fully accessible, with enhanced functional use for a wider variety of theatrical performances.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane has always been at the forefront of lighting technology, whether whale oil, gas or electricity - and this scheme is no exception. The lighting had to reveal the architecture, provide drama and atmosphere while respecting the historic importance of the building. The lighting brings together an innovative combination of stage technologies and low energy LED lamps with 18th century techniques of glass cutting and low level integrated candelabra to create a warm 5* ambience in keeping with the historic interiors and original architect Wyatt’s original drawings.
New bar and restaurant areas encourage the public to drop in for a coffee, a cocktail, or to admire the artworks on display, not to mention the building itself as a work of art; ensuring that this extraordinary place remains at the vibrant heart of Covent Garden.
Company Description

BDP is a major international, interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers, lighting designers and urbanists. Founded in 1961, we employ 1300 people, combining expertise across disciplines, locations, sectors, designing at every scale.
Teamwork, conceptual integrity and sustainability are central to our philosophy and methods. We are market leaders in retail, heritage, leisure, education, libraries, workplace, public realm, art and art galleries, exterior architecture, environmental impact assessments and daylight design.