Project timeline


September 2004
Vision announced: we announced our intention to create a thrust stage within the existing 1932 RST, retaining the key Art Deco elements of the building. English Heritage outlined its support for the building. Arts Council England confirmed Arts Lottery award of £50 million.

April 2005
Bennetts Associates appointed as architects for the Transformation of the RST and surrounding site and a two-year consultation process began to gather ideas and opinions from residents, audiences, visitors and businesses on what they would like from the new RST.

May 2005
Construction work began on The Courtyard Theatre

August 2006
The Courtyard Theatre opened on 9 August 2006. Built in 11 months, the temporary Courtyard Theatre officially opened with the press day for the Henry VI trilogy.

March 2007
On 31 March 2007, Michael Boyd joined the cast of Coriolanus on the stage after the final performance in the RST.

October 2007
Significant demolition work began on the RST. Deconstruction work on the riverside revealed the original wall of the 1932 Elisabeth Scott building.

February 2008
Demolition of the riverside dressing room block was completed, with over 5,000 bricks reclaimed for use in restoration work elsewhere. Flood compensation works in the Dell were completed.

July 2008
Site Sunday: on 6 July, we opened the doors of the RST site to members of the public for the first time, giving them an opportunity to see the beginnings of the new theatre as it started to rise from the ground.

Preparations for the new basement continued with the sinking of wells to help reduce levels of water within the excavations, and the concrete walls, and cores and columns became visible over the hoardings from the street.

August 2008
The concrete superstructure of the shell of the new thrust stage auditorium reached its full height on the riverside of the site. A large mobile crane arrived, which put together the prefabricated sections of the giant roof trusses spanning the new stage. Our 'Transforming Our Theatres' appeal was launched to the public.

May 2009
Structural steelwork completed which formed the Colonnade linking the new RST and Swan auditoria on the town side of the building; the new dressing room block by the River Avon and the framework of the new roof that over sails the restaurant. Formation of the outer skin or 'cladding' of the new building began.

June 2009
The outer skin of building was finished, making it weather-tight, allowing internal construction work to commence.

Autumn 2009
The tower crane was dismantled. Inside the RST, the stage flooring was installed and the stalls, circle and upper circle floors in place. External landscaping began. The Rooftop Restaurant ceiling installed and engineering and electrical work underway throughout the building. Actor David Tennant pledged his support to the Take Your Seat Appeal.

June 2010
The new seats for the RST, manufactured by Italian company, Poltrona Frau, arrived from Italy to be installed in the auditorium.

November 2010
On Monday 1 November  we took back control of the building.

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