Ben Hanson


At Charcoalblue, Ben provides consultancy in all aspects of theatre design, primarily in the areas of auditorium design and planning, seating, sightlines and accessibility. Ben trained as an architect at the University of Bath. During his degree courses, Ben worked with an assortment of architectural practices in the South West of England, as well as collaborating with Johan Engels as a set design assistant on numerous productions. After graduating, Ben continued working as set design assistant alongside Peter Davison. Some of their most recent productions included Die Passagierin for the Bregenz Festival Festspielhaus; The Boys in the Photograph for the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, and Blithe Spirit on Broadway.


Ben has also spent time working with Make Architects in London and involved in detailed design projects in Barbados, Bahrain and London. Ben has specialist experience in Microstation, AutoCad, Vectorworks and Adobe CS, and is an experienced model builder.


Current projects include, Theatre Royal, Bristol; Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; The Leys Great Hall, Cambridge; Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester; National Theatre, London; Roundhouse Seating, London; LAMDA, London; St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn; Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; Koningin Elisabethzall, Antwerp; NT Shed, London; Southbank Centre, London.


Charcoalblue CV - Ben Hanson