The building is formed of 3 distinct volumes, housing a 173 seat auditorium, a reception foyer, and an ancillary block containing offices, classrooms, storage for costumes and props, green room, back of house spaces, and plant. The theatre adopts a sensitive approach to its natural and built surroundings, with a simple contemporary form that uses familiar materials to differentiate the 3 elements of the building: the foyer, glassy and transparent, the lower ancillary block, clad in painted timber weatherboarding, and the main volume of the auditorium in brick.
“Our vision with regard to external use (of the theatre)was to balance events which contribute to marketing the school by raising our profile and reputation in the local area but may raise less revenue with purely commercial events to generate income. Two years on the bookings have far exceeded our expectations. We have not had to incur any costs on marketing the premises as we have more enquiries that we can manage. School numbers are rising rapidly and we know that the theatre has been a very significant contributor to the growth.”
Norman Patterson, Bursar, Luckley House School