Portrait of Max Fordham on cream background.

A note from Andy Hayles on the passing of Max Fordham

Production photo from the 2021 London production of cabaret. On the left, the emcee wearing a beige tank top and brown pants; Sally on the left in a green fur coat.

Charcoalblue transforms London’s Playhouse Theatre into Cabaret's Kit Kat Club

Massey Hall white ceiling archway details and three stained glass windows

Massey Hall in the News

Steppenwolf Exterior at dusk from the south

Praise for Steppenwolf's New In-the-Round Theatre

Jacinda Ardern in Green Jacket at Waikato Regional Theatre sod turning event

Waikato Regional Theatre Sod Turning Ceremony with Special Guest Jacinda Ardern

...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.

Hall for Cornwall Architect Aidan Ridyard

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[Hall for Cornwall] Creative Director Julian Boast said: 'We have squeezed every little bit of space we have to be able to do something new and exciting...but the new auditorium will be the beating heart of what we do.'

BBC

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A $28 million restoration project will transform the crumbling [Ramova] theater into a live entertainment space, restaurant and brewery.

Block Club Chicago

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Future plans for Athenaeum renovations include newly designed black box studios, working with Charcoalblue, whose hands have been all over Chicago theaters, including Steppenwolf Theater Company’s new theater...

Chicago Tribune

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Streaming is working like a great long trailer for the live event. You get to see it and enjoy it from the comfort of your home but it makes you want to be there next time.

Andy Hayles, OISTAT Panel: What Makes a Successful Performing Arts Building?

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The auditorium itself was remodelled with input from theatre consultants Charcoalblue to create wider seats, better legroom and improved sightlines.

Dezeen, on the Theatre Royal Drury Lane renovation

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JUNETEENTH

JUNETEENTH

Massey Hall, closed since 2018 for extensive renovations of the 127-year-old venue, has now officially announced the [Gordon] Lightfoot concerts and much more.

Chris Young, The Globe and Mail

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Charcoalblue introduces Environmental Impact Pledge 2021

Charcoalblue introduces Environmental Impact Pledge 2021

Little Island...with an amphitheater and dramatic views, opens on Hudson River Park.

Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

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Rising in a pandemic: Steppenwolf’s new theater campus is a $54 million bet on returning to normalcy.

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

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Jenni has witnessed the good and bad of venue design and now contributes her valuable experience to the collaborative powerhouse of multi-award-winning theater consultancy, Charcoalblue

Strand Magazine

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We look instead at ways that buildings can react more quickly to events,” said Clemeth Abercrombie, studio principal at Charcoalblue in Chicago. In other words, the key is flexibility. “Not designing specifically for the biology of COVID.

Chicago Trib

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Liverpool Everyman seeks to achieve Net Zero Carbon Status

Liverpool Everyman seeks to achieve Net Zero Carbon Status

Charcoalblue wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

Charcoalblue wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

Bloomingdale School of Music on George to the Rescue

Bloomingdale School of Music on George to the Rescue

Performance Buildings in a Post-Pandemic World

Performance Buildings in a Post-Pandemic World

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Gingerbread Theatre is the Sweetest!

Gingerbread Theatre is the Sweetest!

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

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