Theatre Royal, York

Subtle but transformative changes

York Theatre Royal extension, York,  by de Matos Ryan Architects.
York Theatre Royal extension, York, by de Matos Ryan Architects. Credit: Hufton + Crow

De Matos Ryan for York Citizens Theatres Trust and York Conservation Trust

Contract value: £4.1m

GIA: 3,213m²

The theatre site has been occupied since the mid-18th century. The most significant addition was by Patrick Gwynne in 1967, with mushroom columns, free flowing space and futuristic skylights.

Work on the grade II* listed theatre included complete refurbishment of the auditorium and all associated areas, including an extension of the street frontage. Subtle but transformative changes have occurred as a result of raising the auditorium to provide a new foyer below.

 
  • York Theatre Royal extension, York,  by de Matos Ryan Architects.
    York Theatre Royal extension, York, by de Matos Ryan Architects. Credit: Hufton + Crow
  • York Theatre Royal extension, York,  by de Matos Ryan Architects.
    York Theatre Royal extension, York, by de Matos Ryan Architects. Credit: Hufton + Crow
  • York Theatre Royal extension, York,  by de Matos Ryan Architects.
    York Theatre Royal extension, York, by de Matos Ryan Architects. Credit: Hufton + Crow
  • York Theatre Royal extension, York,  by de Matos Ryan Architects.
    York Theatre Royal extension, York, by de Matos Ryan Architects. Credit: Hufton + Crow
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The client says the refurbishment has provided urgently needed additional space to help the theatre bring more people into the building and create the opportunity to increase revenue. 

The jury praised the total commitment and enthusiasm shown by the client.


Regional Client of the Year


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