Charles Cryer Theatre
The existing roof and clerestory glazing were replaced to incorporate sound-proofing. The lower roof was extended down to provide cloistered access to the ground floor café and shops. It was also extended forward to provide a theatrical welcome.
The auditorium is designed to be flexible enough for amateur and small professional dramatic productions, concerts, day-time conferences and exercise classes.
Shutters at stage-floor level elegantly and ingeniously control the acoustics and penetration of external light. When the vertically hung shutters are opened, the ash veneer is exposed giving hard, reflective acoustics, while the porthole windows let in pools of daylight. When the shutters are closed, with the metal mesh side exposed, the acoustics become softer. In either configuration, independently operated blinds behind the shutters can block or permit daylight penetration.
To the rear, the Hall section set up the geometry of the delightful, but entirely functional cross-gabled paint-frame studio. Given the shortage of such custom-made studios to serve the West End, this was to provide a legacy income for the theatre.