December 12, 2019
Arts & Culture
The Stage Awards 2020
The Stage Awards 2020
We are delighted that our client Leeds Playhouse has been shortlisted for the Theatre building of the year in the Stage Awards, alongside two other venues – the Boulevard Theatre and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
We loved working with the wider client team to transform their building into an welcoming and accessible venue, with the new extension providing a strong physical manifestation of the creativity and dynamism of Leeds Playhouse.
The judges citation reads:
After a £15.8 million redevelopment overseen by Page Park Architects, Leeds Playhouse has a new face. The entrance to the theatre formerly known as West Yorkshire Playhouse used to be tucked away, but after reopening in 2019, it has been transformed. A new frontage, white with strikingly designed coloured panels, now greets visitors. Public spaces have also undergone significant improvements – the interior feels much lighter and brighter with a revamped restaurant and bar, plus a new café area, all serving to make it more appealing.
A new studio, the 120-seat Bramall Rock Void, has also been created in a vacant space underneath the building on the Quarry Hills site it has occupied since 1990.
Care has been taken to make the space as accessible and welcoming as possible in other ways, from the toilet provision – the theatre boasts a Changing Places toilet, for people whose needs are not met by standard accessible toilets, as well as gender-neutral facilities – to well-located wheelchair spaces that can be accessed via the main entrance to the auditorium. But the greatest change is one of visibility: from the Chumbawumba-inspired neon artwork on the exterior wall to the stylish, inviting entrance, the theatre now looks out towards the city.
For the full awards listings more on the awards see https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2019/the-stage-awards-2020-shortlist-in-full/
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