A Success Story: New audience seating in the Royal College of Music’s beautiful Britten Theatre is a ‘triumph’

Completed in time for the autumn term 2023, the seats have been put to the test with various events and have exceeded expectations. One client commented that ‘the refurbishment of the Britten Theatre seating is a triumph. Such an impressive space, brilliant seating and design…. We don’t want to go anywhere else.’

Designed by Sir Hugh Casson, the Britten Theatre was opened by the late Queen in 1986 and its 400 original ‘Hilly Horizon’ conventional folding theatre chairs had been in use for over 35 years. One of the RCM’s most prestigious venues, the theatre not only provides an intimate setting for a variety of performances but also accommodates conferences, lectures, product launches and other events, making it a versatile space for hire.

The RCM partnered with Audience Systems, specialist suppliers to venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House, to find a replacement that complements the building’s interior and heritage, while providing the comforts of a 21st century design. Made in a two-tone red fabric in keeping with the original look of the theatre, the new chairs are designed to be durable comfortable, as well having as a soft closing mechanism.

The refurbishment has also improved the sight lines from designated wheelchair user seats, ensuring that every guest gets the best possible experience. A new balustrade, curtains and LED floor lighting increase visibility for audiences.

Whether you’re planning a concert, lecture, seminar or a private event, the Britten Theatre offers an unforgettable backdrop that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. The College also provides event managers with dedicated support staff, ensuring that every event goes off without a hitch.

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