About This Project
Theatre Royal, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
In 2011 Stevensons of Norwich played a major role in the restoration and renewal of the historic plasterwork in the Grade I listed Theatre Royal in Newcastle and boasts an entrance façade considered by many as the finest in the land.
The Theatre Royal’s long history reaches back to the late eighteenth century and it has occupied the present site since 1837. The interior works restored by Stevensons date back to 1901 and the rebuilding of the theatre by Frank Matcham following a fire.
The balcony fronts, proscenium arch and adjacent ceiling area are constructed in fibrous plaster. The Stevensons role included checking the integrity and security of the plasterwork and introducing fixings and carrying out repairs where necessary. This exercise involved surveys of both the face and the backing of the plasterwork and its support.
To the rear of the stalls Stevensons introduced a new fibrous plaster ceiling to replace an original that was lost. The process involved the creation of models and patterns within our Norwich factory from which moulds were created out of which the new fibrous plaster ceiling sections were cast. Once cast the sections were delivered to the theatre and fixed to our metal grid work to be jointed together seamlessly.
Stevensons were selected for this work because of our expertise in restoration and renewal work generally and theatres in particular.