Trafalgar Studios (Former Whitehall Theatre), Whitehall, London

Original Architect - Edward A. Stone
Refurbished 2004 Foster Wilson Architects
Date Built
Opened September 1930
Whitehall, London
The Grade II Listed Trafalgar Studios building, on Whitehall in London, started life as the Whitehall Theatre.  It opened its doors for the first time in September of 1930.  The "British Listed Buildings" website says of the building that, " With only 650 seats the Whitehall Theatre was a novel departure for West End theatres, intended according to the Architect and Building News for light comedies rather than the melodramas of earlier years or for big musicals. It was among the first theatres in Britain to champion `an architecture of light', pioneered in German theatres and cinemas during the 1920s but not found in British cinema architecture until the mid-1930s. The auditorium has a decorative cohesion and prettiness rare in theatres of its day, and has the best surviving original fabric of this type of theatre. "

In the 1990s the theatre was converted into a television and radio studio but in recent years the building was refurbished again to make it suitable for live productions.  The architectural practice of Foster Wilson were asked to, " ... create an intimate and informal open-stage space of a kind which cannot be found in most West End proscenium theatres."  To achieve this,  "Listed building consent was granted for a period of 4 years only, which meant that the changes had to be easily reversible and have minimum impact on the Art Deco interior."  Foster Wilson converted the stalls level into a performance space with 100 seats and the circle level into a second larger studio that can accommodate 380.  The theatre reopened in 2004.