Restoration & Refurbishment
Really Useful Theatres have a 24 hour, 365 day commitment to the maintenance and up keep of the companies 6 theatres, our teams work day and night around rehearsal and performance schedules to ensure the standard is kept over and above what is expected.
The articles in this section cover a few of the many refurbishments which have been completed in the last year.
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A major project was undertaken during 2014 to replace the chillers based on the Adelphi theatre roof. Requirements for the manoeuvre/changeover/upgrade included closure of the busy London street; the Strand, a crane hovering 40 m above the city and an electrical power shutdown, this took place in the early hours of the morning to ensure minimal disruption to the general public.Find out more
Following the installation of 8 brand new ladies toilets in 2013, the Cambridge theatre has continued to receive internal renovations this year with works going ahead to upgrade the Stalls bar located in the basement of the theatre. Renovations took place during August, a very busy time of the year for the theatre with additional matinees for the school summer holidays, works therefore had to be scheduled around numerous performances and company rehearsals.Find out more
Her Majesty's Theatre
As part of the theatres regular upkeep areas of the theatre are redecorated on a rota, during 2014 Her Majesty’s theatre’s grand front of house area received a full revamped. The elegant staircases which leads up to the Royal Circle bar were refurbished and repainted, and the lighting on the staircases was improved to help light the many art works featured on the walls.Find out more
Turn up the heat
After over 20 years, in November 2014 the London Palladium received brand new boilers. The works took 3 weeks to complete and took place during the get in of CATs to avoid any audience disruption. The old system was ripped out and all new parts were installed; everything from the pipe works to new values and controls. The modern boiler enables better control of the heating and cooling of the auditorium, letting the audience enjoy the show without any troubles.Find out more
New London Theatre
After 3 hectic months over the summer period with 2 shows running simultaneously at the New London, the front of house areas were in need of some attention. Over four weeks in October 2014 a team worked out of hours to avoid any disruptions to War Horse, revamping the foyer and adjoining areas.Find out more
St. James Theatre
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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Over the last 4 years a team have been working their way round the vast walls of Theatre Royal; redecorating and carrying out minor structural repairs. The team began at Catherine Street back in 2011 where a new roof terrace was created, providing a wonderful drinking spot for summer afternoons, the Russell Street side followed and this year it was time to work on the old scenery store, now known as ‘Long Dock’; Really Useful Theatres Head Office.Find out more