Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre
Outstanding seating for an outstanding venue!
The Challenge: Create a seat for a prestigious venue that transforms the audience experience!
Seating Solution: Bespoke Chavenage Seating
Client: Royal Opera House
Services Utilised: Bespoke Design, Safety and Standards Requirements, Retractable Seating
Working With: Stanton Williams Architects, Rise Contractors, Charcoal Blue, Hussey Seatway
Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre…
…tasked Race Furniture to transform the public’s experience at its Covent Garden home and make the building a more welcoming space. As part of the ‘Open Up’ project, a £50.7m refurbishment, Race designed, manufactured, delivered, and installed over 400 seats into the newly refurbished Linbury Theatre.
Race Furniture worked closely with the Architect Stanton Williams and theatre consultants Charcoal Blue together with the contractor Rise to ensure the correct design and layout of the seating. The product specified was a customised version of the Race Chavenage Seat, a versatile theatre seating system that allows the designer to customise its appearance to suit the unique demands of each space. Whilst maintaining the overall design of the seats, there were a variety of permutations that included floor fixed, removable, riser mounted, higher/taller seats and seating adapted for a retractable platform.
In partnership with Hussey Seatway, who designed and manufactured a pioneering retractable system, we successfully completed the seating package on time and on budget. The Evening Standard described it as ‘a modern take on a Renaissance theatre’ and that ‘the handcraft is palpable.’
FUN FACT: THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE OPEN UP PROJECT WON A RIBA LONDON AWARD IN 2019!