Shaftesbury Theatre London Undergoing Revamp: Coming shows : Motown The Musical

Shaftesbury Theatre London Undergoing Revamp

The final phase of a 5 million extension of Shaftesbury Theatre of London Westend has been started which will upgrade all the technical abilities. Moreover, theatre would be able to host some of the larger productions.

On the roof of this popular London Westend Theatre, you can see the new flytower which enables the venue to host larger and grand productions featuring more difficult production requisites. There will be development of new dressing room and office spaces. Hence, accommodation of more performers as well as its admin staff which is currently working off-site.

James Williams, Chief Executive stated that the construction has been going on since 2013 and is the third phase of building works. By the month of January, last phase will be completed. Broadway musical, Motown is all set to make its entry to the theatre.

He further added, This has been driven by the owners, the Taffner family, who have huge pride and they don't want a dilapidated wreck they want a state of the art building. Its about making sure the theatre is able to house whatever comes along and maintains its architectural beauty, but stays a viable technical entity, for audiences to come and watch shows here and for technical teams working on the shows to find ways to present things that wow the audience.

He elaborated that currently, theatre is able to support a weight of around 12 tonnes. On the other hand, the newly completed tower would be able to take weights from 30 to 35 tonnes.

He also said, We often have to move scenery around at the interval to allow our limited stage space to be adapted. With this extension, large pieces of scenery from the first act can now be stored easily, up and out of the way, into one of the galleries stage left and right. This provides a greater flexibility for producers. He further added, In terms of coordination its been difficult, but we have used a mixture of consultants to guide us through that.

He also said, We often have to move scenery around at the interval to allow our limited stage space to be adapted. With this extension, large pieces of scenery from the first act can now be stored easily, up and out of the way, into one of the galleries stage left and right. This provides a greater flexibility for producers. He further added, In terms of coordination its been difficult, but we have used a mixture of consultants to guide us through that.