Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
There have been four theatre buildings on the Drury Lane site since 1653. The current building dates from 1812; with the Royal Staircases, Grand Saloon and Rotunda all being examples of early 19thcentury architecture, which were in need of restoration. The restoration was required to a high standard of workmanship, due to the amount of detailing throughout the interior of the building including beautifully finished ceilings, pillars and an archway.
The Georgian construction was updated to allow integration with modern mechanical and electrical installation, air conditioning and lighting. There was a requirement for flexibility using plaster in a traditional manner as well as innovative ways to blend new with old. The fine enrichments and details were very fragile and these were removed to form casts of leaves and cornice with Fine Casting Plaster before being reinstated and blended in with the new castings. The arched walls within the lunettes also needed to be renovated. This was achieved with ThistleBond-It before being either plastered with Thistle Bonding Coat plaster or receiving a skim with Thistle Board Finish depending on thickness required.
Client: Really Useful Group / Specialist contractor: Locker & Riley / Architect: Really Useful Group