RSC plays host to theatre exhibition

13 January 2012

A Brief History Of The Stage All Boxed UP: The RSC Plays Host To Theatre Exhbition

The Guthrie Thrust Stage 1948 – 2011: A Living Legacy
Swan Gallery, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
16 January to 10 March 2012

The Royal Shakespeare Company is playing host to an exhibition which celebrates the unique contribution of the thrust stage to world theatre architecture at the Swan Gallery in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Monday 16 January to Saturday 10 March 2012.

The Guthrie Thrust Stage 1948 – 2011: A Living Legacy model box exhibition was created by the Association of British Theatre Technicians in honour of influential director Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (1900 – 1971) who championed the deployment of the thrust stage in modern theatre, believing that it enhanced the experience for actors and audiences alike.

At the centre of the exhibition are beautifully crafted miniature models of peopled auditoria and stages, all to the same scale, of the five key phases in the modern history of the development of the thrust stage: the Assembly Hall Edinburgh 1948; the Festival Theatre Stratford Ontario of 1953, the Crucible Sheffield of 1971; the recreation of the 1599 Globe in 1997; and of course the redesigned Royal Shakespeare Theatre of 2010.

Accompanying the models are a power point display, which adds many more images, and a 32 page publication with over 50 illustrations in colour and black and white. This fascinating exhibition is free to view.


For further media information please contact Mark Farnan on 01789 272438 or

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