Photo gallery

  • Construction - September 2007

    September 2007
    Demolition reveals internal wall posters.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Riverside facade Oct 07

    October 2007
    Removing the existing cafe and reataurant to reveal the original riverside facade.

  • Construction - October 2007

    October 2007
    The original auditorium being demolished.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Removing the RST roof - Nov 2007

    November 2007
    Demolishing the roof of the old Royal Shakespeare Theatre to make way for the new building.

  • Construction - November 2007

    November 2007
    Original auditorium being demolished. Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Construction - November 2007

    November 2007
    Demolition begins on the outer wall.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Construction - January 2008

    January 2008
    Auditorium before the roof was constructed.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Building from within - April 2008

    April 2008
    The demolition work is complete and construction begins, inside the external walls of the original building. The safety curtain on the right marks the point where the stage was, and is surrounded by the proscenium arch, which still exists and marks the beginning of the current thrust stage.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Auditorium scaffolding - Aug 2008

    August 2008
    The frame of the auditorium starts to appear.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Auditorium without roof Sept 08

    September 2008
    The shape of the new auditorium can be seen from above, just before work begins on the roof.

  • Roof trusses Sept 2008

    September 2008
    This marked a major milstone in the project as the massive 30 tonne steel roof trusses were lifted into place, over the new auditorium.

  • Construction - November 2009

    November 2009
    The Tower lantern being lifted.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Construction - November 2009

    November 2009
    The new auditorium begins to take shape from the inside.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley.

  • Floorboards May 10

    May 2010
    Original teak flooring from the 1932 RST stage being relaid in the foyer of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    Photo by Stewart Hemley

  • Floorboards

    The Royal Shakespeare Theatre foyer, where the original floorboards were relaid, and the drum wall of the auditorium.

    Photo by Peter Cook.

  • RST auditorium

    Royal Shakespeare Theatre auditorium with audience. Photograph by Peter Cook.

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  • Content - Photo Gallery, Image 3414

    Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Clopton Bridge. Photograph by Peter Cook.

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