The Susie Sainsbury Theatre
The Royal Academy of Music, Britain's senior conservatoire established in 1822, is a world renowned institution, training nearly 700 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines. Many famous musicians, singers, players, conductors and composers have studied at the Academy.
Flip Tanner was Project Leader for FDA working with Ian Ritchie Architects on a major overhaul of what is now known as the Susie Sainsbury Theatre. The works improved the ambiance of the auditorium, the seating capacity (from 210 to over 300) and extended the performance and technical provisions. As part of the work, a new gallery was created, the orchestra pit enlarged, and the technical systems upgraded. The flying height within the stage house was also increased, along with improved access to the auditorium. In addition to an automated flying system and renewed lighting infrastructure, a stage wing was provided to enable the Academy to stage larger productions. This is a great example of balancing finely coordinated technical systems amongst a beautifully detailed auditorium, all within the heart of a grade I listed building.