• Château d’Hardelot, France
  • Château d’Hardelot, France
  • Château d’Hardelot, France
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo

...a 16th-century theatre form with 21st-century renewable technologies

Le Theatre Elisabethain

 

Project summary

 

Located three miles from the English Channel, the Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale Château d'Hardelot exists to promote the cultural relationship between Kent and the Pas-de-Calais. Events previously centred around a summer season of British and French drama, opera, music and comedy, in a temporary venue at the castle. This programme has now been expanded year-round following the completion of the permanent 388-seat theatre adjacent to the castle.

 

Andrew Todd’s design for an Elizabethan theatre form makes extensive use of structural timber and surrounds the theatre with a cylindrical bamboo screen, which helps the building to dissolve into its surroundings. The building uses very little energy, through use of natural ventilation systems and low-energy lighting.

 

Charcoalblue provided advice on acoustic design, designed technical performance systems including a stage elevator to help the theatre transform between Elizabethan and lyric stage formats and assisted with the wider building planning.