Capital Theatres, the charitable trust which runs the Festival and King’s Theatres and The Studio, is delighted to officially launch the King’s Theatre Edinburgh Redevelopment Campaign with the announcement of the architect for the project, Bennetts Associates and the unveiling of their initial designs for the building’s transformation.
The unveiled designs for the redeveloped King’s Theatre show a design that retains the majesty of the original building but reimagined for the 21st century. The images, a cross-section of the re-imagined building and a front side view showing the building’s depth down Tarvit Street, capture a design that makes optimum use of the space available in the original 1906 building and the scope to create additional front of house space including a stunning roof terrace with views across the city skyline. The transformational project will preserve and revitalise the King’s Theatre Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s oldest and most loved theatres, making it a vibrant, dynamic and accessible cultural destination for generations to come. Opened in 1906, The King’s Theatres Edinburgh welcomes over 200,000 visitors every year. An important venue for touring drama, musicals and children’s shows, it is home to Scotland’s biggest panto production and each year plays a pivotal role in hosting the Edinburgh International Festival.
The King’s is one of a handful of Grade A listed theatres in the UK that has still to have a major redevelopment and is the only surviving operational theatre by the architects Swanston and Davidson. Now 112 years old, the King’s is in need of a major redevelopment to meet the needs of today’s audiences, and today’s performers, and to safeguard it for generations to come. Without investment, the audience and performer experience will decline and the King’s will be at risk of closure, either due to a sudden failure of infrastructure or through a more gradual reduction in attendances.
An ambitious redevelopment project will result in the repair, enhancement and expansion of one of Scotland’s oldest working theatres. This bold project will overhaul the interior and exterior of the theatre to enrich the audience experience and create a renewed sense of destination for the King’s Theatre. Transformation of the King’s will reinvigorate the artistic programme, by providing the facilities to attract the very best productions to the city.
For more information about the King’s Theatre redevelopment and how you can support the
fundraising campaign please go to www.capitaltheatres.com/support or call 0131 622 8087