• Scarlet and Gray Theater, New York
  • Scarlet and Gray Theater, New York
  • Auditorium installed in New York Armories (image credit: Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Concepts and model for theatre (image credit: Royal Shakespeare Company)

...A temporary home in New York for the Royal Shakespeare Company

RSC New York Transfers


Project summary


Charcoalblue worked closely with the RSC’s technical teams to explore options for a new bespoke venue in New York capable of restaging works from the large-scale thrust stages in the UK.


In 2007 the RSC and Charcoalblue investigated squeezing a thrust stage in NY’s Beacon Theatre before its refurbishment programme. Working together, an exciting scheme emerged to build a tiered structure inside the old shell; however the project was not executed.


Following the success of the new theatre in Stratford -upon-Avon, the RSC developed Charcoalblue's auditorium designs to deliver an 800-seat 'flat pack' travelling performance space. This three-tiered structure was built inside New York's historic Park Avenue Armoury for a 6-week RSC season in the summer of 2011. This latest exciting development follows on from the hugely successful Charcoalblue and RSC collaborations on the 1,000-seat Courtyard Theatre and the 700-seat Roundyard at Camden Roundhouse.