Royal Academy of Music Theatre & New Recital Hall


Royal Academy of Music Theatre & New Recital Hall

Project Info

Cost Consultant: Equals Consulting
Building Services: Atelier Ten
Acoustic Engineer: Arup
Stage Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
Heritage Consultant: Donald Insall Associates
Access Consultant: Centre for Accessible Environments
Fire Consultant: WSP Fire
Approved Inspector: Approved Inspector Services Ltd
Client Advisor: RISE
Specialist Theatre Electrics & Lighting: Push The Button

Two exceptional performance spaces have been integrated within the Academy site. The 309-seat cherry-lined Susie Sainsbury Theatre now forms the heart of the Academy.

Inspired by the curved shapes of string instruments, it has been acoustically refined to deliver excellent sound qualities. Each acoustic treatment has its own graded detailing to blend the sound in all directions. Above the Theatre, the 100-seat Angela Burgess Recital Hall provides 230m2 of additional space for student rehearsal, public performance and recording. The theatre is intimate and epic whereas the Recital Hall is tranquil, calming and visually cool. The Recital Hall is entirely lined in pale, lime-washed European oak. Woven into the design are structural elements reminiscent of string instruments. Through an aperture of finely tuned ‘strings’, an oak-lined oculus floods the space with daylight and provides a central focus.


ArchitectIan Ritchie Architects Ltd

Structural EngineerWSP

Wood SupplierHardwood Sales Ltd, Brooks Bros Ltd, Lathams

ContractorGeoffrey Osborne Ltd

SpeciesNorth American cherry, European oak

ClientRoyal Academy of Music

JoineryJames Johnson & Co. Ltd

LightingUlrike Brandi Licht