Key facts and figures


Around a million 'man hours' went into the transformation of our theatres, with around 300 people working on site each day at the busiest time for the project, in April 2010.

Other key facts and figures include:

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • A new 1,040+ thrust stage auditorium, where the audience sits on three sides of the stage
  • The distance from the stage to the furthest seat has almost halved, falling from 27m to 15m
  • New 7m deep stage basement, allowing actors, scenery and props to rise from beneath the stage during a production, and 15m flying zone created over the stage
  • 15 new dressing rooms (shared with the Swan Theatre), all with balconies overlooking the River Avon

Public spaces

  • Four theatre bars, a Riverside Cafe and Terrace, and a Rooftop Restaurant
  • A 36-metre high tower with a 'Juliet Balcony' overlooking Weston Square, and alcoves housing displays of artwork
  • The PACCAR room – a new exhibition space adjacent to the Upper Circle Bar
  • A new, wider riverside walk and terrace for the theatres, linking the Bancroft Gardens to the Theatre Gardens
  • The Colonnade, a new foyer for the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres linking the two theatres together for the first time

Bricks and mortar

  • 168,000 new bricks and 14,000 'special bricks' were hand-thrown in the Forest of Dean to complement the original brickwork
  • The range of colours used became known as the 'Stratford blend', and new and original bricks were laid side by side

Restoration and heritage

  • Original teak flooring from our 1932 moving deck stage re-laid in the ground floor foyer
  • Original set of marquetry doors commissioned to represent the tools of the tradesmen who had worked on the theatre – now facing into the Ruinart Circle Bar
  • Flying Box Office – original Box Office front reinstated in the Scott Bar, on tracks to move up the wall during the intervals, creating additional circulation space in the foyer
  • Approximately 5,000 bricks reclaimed for RST restoration work
  • Original 1932 brickwork restored by hand.
  • Foundation stone of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the site of the Swan Theatre) displayed in the Colonnade
  • Original Gertrude Hermes Fountain and surrounding colour scheme restored in the RST


  • The whole building is now accessible for the first time for visitors, performers and staff with disabilities
  • Three lifts, including one in the Tower (there were no public lifts in the previous building) and accessible toilets on all levels
  • Three times as many dedicated wheelchair spaces in the new RST in comparison to the old auditorium

Flood prevention

  • Thresholds for both the RST and the Swan are well above flood levels experienced in the past
  • The new waterproof-lined basement is designed to resist 750 tonnes of uplift from surrounding ground water

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