Georgian Theatre Royal
Old venue meets new technology
The Challenge: Create a bespoke seat that empathises with the building’s rich history
Georgian Theatre Royal…
…Race were delighted to be appointed as the seating supplier for the refurbishment of Britain’s most complete Georgian playhouse, the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The primary aim of this project was to be sympathetic to the original qualities and features of the Georgian three-tier, courtyard-style auditorium while providing a more comfortable and stylish seat.
This project was the first to benefit from a brand-new partnership with visualisation specialist, Preevue. A 3D model was created of the venue to which Race Furniture then added 3D seat renders in to. As a result, the client was able to see exactly what their new venue and seating would look like and make instant decisions while working remotely – a huge benefit considering this project was completed during the national lockdown in 2020.
The refurbishment of this 3-tiered auditorium, which was renowned for it’s uncomfortable seating and problematic views, was a huge success. Opening in 2021, the new seating has received high praise from audiences, key stakeholders, and press.
“One of the biggest challenges was to find a partner who could present a solution that would not only be comfortable but also sympathetic to the building’s world-famous heritage…
Race Furniture rose admirably to that challenge. From the initial design concepts to the final installation of the benches and chairs, the team have worked hard to produce seating that looks and – very importantly – feels fabulous. The quality of the finished product is also excellent!”
Clare Allen, CEO, Georgian Theatre Royal