Having been completely rebuilt in an Art Deco style after a fire in 1938 the Royal Court Theatre has become Liverpool’s number one theatre with all its splendour and grandeur. It achieved Grade II status in 1990, highlighting the fact that it is a major part of Liverpool’s heritage.
In need of a refurbishment Nobles have completed a £720,000 project to reinvent the Theatre. Whilst bringing the infrastructure of the building into the 21st Century a lot of the existing features were treated sympathetically to restore them to their former glory. This includes taken impressions of damaged intricate fibrous plaster mouldings in order to replicate and restore them.
In the auditorium a new raised floor with banquette seating was installed together with a new bar, with the bar top being made from marble salvaged from the initial strip out. Lighting was provided by new recessed down lighters to the stalls, circle, balcony and auditorium ceilings. This entailed building a birdcage scaffold on the balcony whilst employing specialist access equipment to enable works to be carried out at ceiling level.
The basement toilets underwent a complete overhaul with the Ladies WC being remodelled and both Ladies and Gents WCs receiving a specialist resin floor covering.
The Contract Programme was 12 weeks and it was imperative that the works were totally complete in time for a sold out production to go ahead as scheduled. All works were completed on time and within the HLF funded budget.