Oliver Beetschen is a Charcoalblue consultant in theatre design, specialising in auditorium design and planning

Oliver Beetschen


To provide consultancy in all aspects of theatre design, specialising in auditorium design and planning, foyer planning, seating, sightlines and accessibility.

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Oliver has 6+ years of experience working in the architectural industry, and joined Charcoalblue as an architect with experience delivering large-scale civic projects as part of large multidisciplinary design teams with multiple stakeholders. Oliver also has over 10 years of experience working as a freelance Sound Engineer, Set Designer, and Lighting Designer.

Before joining Charcoalblue, he worked as a Project Architect at Hawkins\Brown leading the development of complex projects from concept stage through to detailed design and delivery, with client’s such as; the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Network Rail, Crossrail and Westminster City Council.

Oliver loves a challenge, and enjoys working collaboratively with clients and multidisciplinary teams to design high-quality, user-focused spaces which both meet the client’s aspirations and technical requirements.

If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it?

“Nothing To See Here…”

… and what would that venue specialize in? Dance, live music, theatre…?

It would be a hidden underground cabaret venue with a mixture of live music, comedy, and fringe theatre. Despite the name there would be plenty to see there!

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

It should have that magic to transform into a number of very different spaces and atmospheres to enhance the performance, giving the audience a completely different experience each time they visit – oh, and a good bar of course!

What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?

Dare I say it, probably panto as a child (Oh yes it did etc. etc.), but more-so my time at school trying a bit of sound, light, stage management, acting (badly!), and building stage sets.

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2020 UK Theatre Tonic Theatre Communications Group Carbon Literate Orginisation - Silver
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