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Building the next generation of theatre-makers

Perse School, Cambridge


Project summary


The Perse School was founded in 1615 and is one of the country’s leading independent day schools. The school has expanded significantly in the last ten years in line with a master plan by Sheppard Robson Architects, and the proposed Performing Arts Centre will form the final part of this development.


The new building will accommodate a flexible 360-seat auditorium as well as exhibition and rehearsal spaces; along with wardrobe and props stores, green room and dressing rooms, workshop, production office and foyers. The school’s Classics department will also be accommodated in a wing of the building. Charcoalblue was appointed by the school in 2013 to assist them in developing the brief for the new arts centre and in the selection of a suitable architect.


Following the appointment of Howarth Tompkins, we are now providing full theatre consultancy and acoustics design services for the project, supporting the architects and the rest of the design team in creating a building which will be a significant addition to the artistic and dramatic life of the school.