This project comprises the complete refurbishment of both front and back of house of the Central School of Speech and Drama’s Embassy Theatre. The remodelled auditorium provides seating for 227 people and gives a greatly improved stage to audience relationship. The refurbishment provides a new flytower, stage, control room and lighting bridge, together with the provision of new and extended rehearsal spaces and workshop areas. This involves complex coordination of a number of specialist consultants (including theatre, acoustic and services consultants) to create a new state-of-the-art educational theatre environment within the existing Victorian shell. The new interior was designed to allow the multi-layered history of the building to be revealed, rather than concealing it. An underused external area adjacent to the auditorium was roofed over with a glazed roof and reorganized to provide a new Link space between various parts of the School site. All our work for Central has been carried out while the School has been in continuous occupation of the site.
“Kilburn Nightingale has managed to realise a design that feels built up to a quality rather than down to a price.” ‘Period Performance’ by Barrie Evans.