RST shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

Royal Shakespeare Theatre shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize 2011

The Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC's) home in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST), has been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2011.

The successful short-listing follows on from the RST being announced as one of the winners of a 2011 RIBA Award earlier in the year.

Vikki Heywood, RSC Executive Director, said: 'The Royal Shakespeare Theatre was named as one of the winners of a 2011 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award in May and to hear that the building has now been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize is fantastic news for the RSC and everyone who worked on the recent Transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

'The architects, Bennetts Associates, have created a fantastic new building which includes a new, 1040+ seat auditorium, almost halving the distance of the furthest seat from the stage in comparison to our old theatre. It is a building for everyone, with many inspiring new spaces for visitors to enjoy whether they are seeing a show or not. We are now able to run daily programmes of events and exhibitions. In addition we have a Rooftop Restaurant and a viewing Tower with views across Warwickshire. We are very proud indeed to have won a RIBA Award and to have been included on the shortlist for the Stirling Prize.'

Rab Bennetts, Director at Bennetts Associates, said 'We're thrilled to have revitalised the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Retaining parts of the existing listed building whilst injecting new life into its public spaces and auditorium has added greatly to the overall architectural composition. We are looking forward to seeing how the building develops over time, as the public gets used to the new experience.'

There are six buildings on the shortlist for the Stirling Prize, which have been selected from this year's 97 RIBA Award winners. The winner of this year's Stirling Prize will be announced on 1st October.

Date of issue: 21 July 2011

For further information, please contact Anna McNeil in the RSC's press office: anna.mcneil@rsc.org.uk

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