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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

London, UK

An Ambitious Plan to Increase Comfort and Acoustics at one of London’s Premiere Theatres

The Charcoalblue Team

2020-2021

Little Island

New York, NY, USA

An extraordinary outdoor thrust stage is becoming one of New York City’s premier venues for inspiring theatrical events.

Polka Theatre

London, UK

Creating the UK’s First Purpose-Built ‘Early Years’ Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney, Australia

A vibrant new home and future for one of Australia's leading theatre companies

Charcoalblue Experience

UK and USA

Bringing our trademark passion, innovation and expertise to new sectors

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago, IL, USA

Ambitious, bold and modern. Where dialogue and the immediacy of the performers is paramount

We create amazing spaces where stories are told and experiences are shared

Working in partnership with our clients, architects, engineering teams and tech firms, we help to create extraordinary spaces where people come together - from historic theatres to contemporary workplaces, permanent buildings to temporary structures, and from the physical to the digital world.

Through Charcoalblue Experience we are entering new markets to deliver world-class experiences that build culture, create connection and enhance collaboration for a wide variety of venue spaces, workplace and technology clients.

We form genuine, long-lasting relationships with our clients and design teams all over the world. We believe that by being open, honest, and truly collaborative, we can develop outstanding ideas – no matter the size of the project or budget – that result in award-winning projects. But more than that, we can create spaces people love. Regardless of where the project is based, our global team collaborate on every project we touch, pulling from our creative and multi-disciplinary culture.

We have a corporate social responsibility to our local and global communities. We not only care about what we do for you, but for the impact we have on the environment and on inspiring the next generation. Whether it be through the sustainability of our designs and open work practice or continuing to create an inclusive workplace and accessible design approach. We are rooted in a belief that celebrates diversity and inclusivity and are openly committed to improving and consistently embedding these values across our work.

This is Charcoalblue.

'I am forever grateful to the genius professionals from Charcoalblue who performed their usual first rate work for Stages 4 Success, my decade long effort to transform NYC public school auditoriums. Our collaboration is helping to inspire and nurture the next generation of performers, technicians and arts enthusiasts.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!'

- Bette Midler

'I am forever grateful to the genius professionals from Charcoalblue who performed their usual first rate work for Stages 4 Success, my decade long effort to transform NYC public school auditoriums. Our collaboration is helping to inspire and nurture the next generation of performers, technicians and arts enthusiasts.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!'

- Bette Midler

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Glenn Davis, Steppenwolf’s co-artistic director, said the 50,000-square-foot building was the company’s 'love letter to Chicago.'

Block Club Chicago

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'All the time, all the people, all the hours, all the energy, that is this building's story,' [Steppenwolf ensemble member and former Artistic Director Anna Shapiro] said.

Daily Herald

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But the heart of the new campus, [Executive Director Booke Flanagan] said, is the Round Theater, a six-row, 400-seat room where the stage sits in the center and no audience member will be more than 20 feet from the actors.

Chicago Sun Times

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...If we go back to our first brief, it was for a theatre where people would feel comfortable throwing tomatoes. And we hope we’ve done that in that it’s a space that belongs to its community; it’s theirs.

Architect Aidan Ridyard, via BBC Sounds Podcast

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Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2020 UK Theatre Tonic ITEAC Theatres Trust Theatre Communications Group
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