Theatre Royal Revived In All Its Regency Splendor

23rd May 2013 | Posted in: Arts, Leisure & Sports, Heritage / Conservation, Quantity Surveying, CDM Consultancy

BAQUS Construction Consultany is delighted to have been commissioned as the Contract Administrator, Quantity Surveyor and CDM Co-ordinator for the stunning transformation of Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Andrew Lloyd Webber unveiled the refurbished Theatre Royal last week — declaring it “far better” than its neighbour, the Royal Opera House.

The Grade I Listed venue, opened in 1812, has been restored to its former Regency glory after a £2 million renovation. The composer and theater owner told how its former red walls and carpets were “driving me crazy” on each visit, prompting the work.

A transformation has taken place in the four months since Shrek closed in January. Nine layers of paint have been stripped and the original Georgian colours replicated as closely as possible. Carpets have been replaced and original Georgian features have been restored, including the rotunda, royal staircases and grand saloon.

Lord Lloyd-Webber bought a £600,000 marble copy of Antonio Canova’s sculpture "The Three Graces" to stand in the lower rotunda.

Lord Lloyd-Webber said: “This is a far better space than the Royal Opera House, a much better building. I’m very pleased about it. It’s by far the most wonderful interior of its day, not just in London but in the country.

“To have a Regency space like this in the middle of London is extraordinary, it’s like having a private country house. Architecture is my passion.

“It was driving me crazy every time I came to the Theatre. It was all red wallpaper, red carpets. It’s been very quick, it was worked out like a military campaign. We knew we had a short amount of time between Shrek and Charlie.”

For more information on this project and our work in the Theatre Sector please contact Project Director David Gattey on david.gattey@baqus.co.uk or 020 7831 1283.

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