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Thomas Patey

alias Theatre Royal
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Important events

(detail)1766 | construction


Thomas Patey |main architect
Peter Moro |architect
J Ralph Edwards |architect




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2016 - Celebrated 250th Anniversary during Shakespeare 400, showing its delayed 1766 opening can be explained by Shakespeare 150.
2009-2012 - Andrzej Blonski Architects built alternative new versions of its 1766 stage front main acting area.  The final choice does not extend as far into the auditorium as the 1766 stage front, to allow gallery spectators a full view of performers.  
TODAY - As a theatre space, this professional three-galleried playhouse precisely matches the dimensions of the three-galleried Shakespeare's Rose, excavated 1989 by Museum of London Archaeology.  Bristol's main acting area now almost precisely matches the main acting area at Shakespeare's Rose because both have "audience on three sides [of comparable acting spaces]... with the greater proportion to the front", as Iain Mackintosh Architecture, Actor and Audience (1993) clearly identifies as a key "continuity of character" in England's most inspiring theatres "over the last 400 years."   The other continual characteristics of England's most inspiring theatres "over the last 400 years" include being"small scale," often (not always) galleried, "uncomfortable" & "densely packed."   These characteristics create performance spaces most likely to facilitate inspiring, imaginative professional play performances.  See:  https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Imaginative+Genius&*  and http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/

Mark A. Howell - 08.03. 2017

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