What it cost and how we paid for it


The total cost of the project was £112.8m, which covered the first three phases.

To help meet this cost, we launched an international Transformation campaign in 2006. A total of £109.3m was raised, including:

  • £53m from the National Lottery via Arts Council England
  • £20.4m from Advantage West Midlands, the Regional Development Agency
  • £35.9m from charitable trusts and foundations, and individual donors
  • £1.4m from the public appeal - donated by over 18,000 people from 60 countries

Phase 1 - The Courtyard Theatre
The temporary Courtyard Theatre was built on the site of The Other Place (TOP) studio theatre on Southern Lane. It took 11 months to complete and was our main theatre throughout the Transformation project. It opened in July 2006, on time and on budget.

The auditorium for The Courtyard Theatre provided a working prototype for the size and scale of the thrust stage auditorium that was created for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Phase 2 - New Spaces
In order to transform the RST, and construct The Courtyard Theatre on the site of TOP, we created new spaces to house the RSC Nursery, rehearsal rooms and staff who previously worked in the RST.

Our rehearsal rooms were moved to a new purpose-built facility at Arden Street and a new base was created on Chapel Lane to house our main administration functions.

Phase 3 - New Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres
The transformation began in April 2007, with demolition of the RST from October that year. The topping project reached practical completion in July 2010 and the building opened to the public on 24 November 2010.

Phase 4 - The reinstatement of TOP and restoration of the Swan Wing
Our plans to reinstate our small-scale studio space, The Other Place (TOP), and rededevelop the Grade II listed Swan Wing.


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