Theatre Royal Drury lane in central London has been a site for entertainment since 1663 and is the world’s oldest theatre site in continuous use.
The current fourth theatre is over 200 years old and was designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt. It first opened its doors in 1812 and is Grade 1 listed.
Couisns and Campbell Smith both had the pleasure of working in this magnificent historical building on behalf of Gardiner and Theobald.
This project had a multitude of works, from Restoration, conservation, and Decorations.
The Main Auditorium ceiling went under a series of explorative conservation cleaning trials to the decorative elements. The objective was to devise an effective non-destructive and efficient treatment methodology which reveals the original plaster ornamentation and historic gilded surfaces, all of this combined with its extensive colour matching to bring it back to its true glory.
The project consisted of various finishes , including Wallpapers, Gilding, and Marbling.
Newly installed fibrous works received a specialist finish to give the appearance of age and character to blend in with the original features which remained in situ, whilst the marbling which was carried out using specific colours and products created the impression of naturally sourced material, all carried out by our skilled craftsmen.
Extensive decorations were carried out throughout the building from front of house Heritage decorations to back of house corridors, including floor paints. All completed to the highest standard.
Each area had its own architect, allowing the project to complete as a whole, liaising with all parties involved to collectively complete the project successfully.
The beauty of this iconic venue has to be seen to appreciate the full extent of its restoration.
With London Theatres due to Re- open, Theatre Royal Drury Lane recently had its own Royal Opening by Prince Charles and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall.