Royal Shakespeare Theatre has been the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company since it was originally opened in 1932. It has always been a challenge for the directors trying to adapt Shakespeare's plays, which were written to be performed in a limited space shared by actors and audience, to an expanded auditorium. Some seats were as far as 27 meters away which were too distanced for the audience to see the actors' expressions.

To improve the audiences' experience has been the main focus for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre redevelopment project. The new theatre formally reopened in 2011 with new auditorium seats 1040 people. The new thrust stage which is adjustable in shape and size has created a more intimate atmosphere. The distance of the audience from the stage has reduced to 15 meters only. Lights, acoustics and sightline have also been improved.

Mr. Simon Harper was the Deputy Project Director of Royal Shakespeare Theatre to oversee the renovation project. Duties include creating and overseeing the client brief, appointing the design team, managing stakeholder and public consultations, overseeing budget and programme setting, and liaising with funding bodies.

A workshop co-presented by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, in collaboration with Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technician and Scenographers, Simon will talk about how to get a brief right, identifying the right equipment, addressing concerns raised by the client and the obstacles, challenges of the project.

"The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Designing a modern theatre from inside out" is part of the Arts-ray Series.

Board Room, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
(29/F, Tower 6, The Gateway, 9 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

Registration Fee:
Member of HKAAA / HKATTS @$120; Non - member @$180

Simon Harper (Arts and capital projects advisor)

Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
Tel: 2877 7268

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