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Queen's Award for Enterprise

Charcoalblue has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition for its excellence in International Trade, 2020.

London, UK

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UK, USA & Australia

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TheatreSquared

Fayetteville, AR, USA

A vital cultural community resource for Northwest Arkansas. Charcoalblue are proud to have co-created their first permanent home.

Venues

Boulevard Theatre

London, UK

Theatrical innovation in the heart of Soho

Venues

Storyhouse

Chester, UK

A model for theatrical regeneration and community engagement

Venues

Hudson Theatre

New York, NY, USA

The renovation of the Hudson brings Broadway’s oldest theatre back to life.

Venues

The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, The Perse School

Cambridge, UK

‘An environment in which everyone - whether artist, scientist or mathematician - can develop self-expression and fluency.’

Education

RocketSpace

London, UK

An expert acoustic treatment for a new, 1,200-seat technology campus in London.

Workplaces

We create amazing spaces where stories are told and music is made.

Put simply, we love what we do. Passion for our work and for your vision means we are constantly striving to realise the best possible environment for performance. Working in partnership with architects and engineering teams, we specialise in design services for a wide range of creative spaces: from historic theatres to contemporary workplaces; permanent buildings to temporary structures, and from the physical to the digital world.

We provide a full spectrum of consultancy services from strategic analysis and creative concept generation through to detailed design and full project leadership. Simultaneously, we have the expertise to integrate world-class acoustic, technical and digital design solutions from the outset. Our approach is always bespoke and determined by the unique circumstances of each cultural projects, auditorium or technical opportunity.

Collaboration and genuine relationships are at the heart of everything we do, resulting in unique and innovative solutions that draw the best out of every space and place. Whatever the scale of budget we are driven by the desire to deliver individual solutions, derived from a deep understanding of you and your project.

So yes. We love what we do and we think you will too.

Gavin and Elina discuss a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the London studio.

The Partnership stand outside the Bristol Old Vic

An early concept sketch for Baltimore Center Stage

Creative Collaborators

We believe that to do amazing work you need collaborative relationships, a huge amount of passion, a curious mind and first-hand understanding. Theatre, acoustic and digital design runs in our blood and each one of us has at some point worked within the industry we now design for.

Our work has always been founded in a creative, multi-disciplinary team approach and this remains key to our culture. Our global studio teams collaborate on every project we touch, regardless of where the project is based. This means that every brief is interrogated from every possible angle, creating new approaches and fresh innovation every single time.

Erin helps a guest into a VR simulation of the Waikato Regional Theatre

Andy road tests a new AR application developed in-house.

An exterior render of the The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (render: REX / Luxigon)

Digital Disruption

Our work is all about spacial, visual and audible transformation, so finding different ways to develop how we work comes naturally. We recognise that we operate within a digital world which is constantly evolving the way our buildings are designed and used. In response to this we have a dedicated R&D team who innovate on a wide range of projects, conduct collaborative research and deliver customised solutions, such as VR and AR environments and experiences. Our goal is to advance the ways technology and theatricality can combine to enhance audience experience and keep our clients ahead of the curve.

Ollie, Elena and Gary discuss a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Ollie discusses a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

A sectional concept sketch of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Impossible Projects

There is nothing we enjoy more than taking an ambitious vision and bringing it to life. As theatre people ourselves, we are passionate guardians of the creative dream. By putting theatre at the heart of every project we are able to unlock its potential and release its unique character. Whats more, we will be with you for the full journey, from the first pencil sketch to the glitter of opening night.

Gavin and Elina discuss a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the London studio.

The Partnership stand outside the Bristol Old Vic

Creative Collaborators

We believe that to do amazing work you need collaborative relationships, a huge amount of passion, a curious mind and first-hand understanding. Theatre, acoustic and digital design runs in our blood and each one of us has at some point worked within the industry we now design for.

Our work has always been founded in a creative, multi-disciplinary team approach and this remains key to our culture. Our global studio teams collaborate on every project we touch, regardless of where the project is based. This means that every brief is interrogated from every possible angle, creating new approaches and fresh innovation every single time.

An early concept sketch for Baltimore Center Stage

Erin helps a guest into a VR simulation of the Waikato Regional Theatre

Andy road tests a new AR application developed in-house.

An exterior render of the The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (render: REX / Luxigon)

Digital Disruption

Our work is all about spacial, visual and audible transformation, so finding different ways to develop how we work comes naturally. We recognise that we operate within a digital world which is constantly evolving the way our buildings are designed and used. In response to this we have a dedicated R&D team who innovate on a wide range of projects, conduct collaborative research and deliver customised solutions, such as VR and AR environments and experiences. Our goal is to advance the ways technology and theatricality can combine to enhance audience experience and keep our clients ahead of the curve.

Ollie, Elena and Gary discuss a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Ollie discusses a model of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Impossible Projects

There is nothing we enjoy more than taking an ambitious vision and bringing it to life. As theatre people ourselves, we are passionate guardians of the creative dream. By putting theatre at the heart of every project we are able to unlock its potential and release its unique character. Whats more, we will be with you for the full journey, from the first pencil sketch to the glitter of opening night.

A sectional concept sketch of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

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