Foster Wilson Size Restores Listed West End Theater to Original Art Deco Form | New
Restoration specialist Foster Wilson Size has unveiled its restoration of the grade II listed Trafalgar Theater on Whitehall in its original art deco form.
Originally opened as the Whitehall Theater in 1930, it was one of the first theaters in Britain to adopt the ‘architecture of light’ aesthetic developed in theaters and cinemas of Weimar in Germany in the 1920s.
English Heritage said the theater, which was listed in 1996, has “the best surviving original fabric” of its kind.
It was turned into a TV and radio studio in 1997 before being split into two smaller venues in 2004, but due to its listed status, the adaptations were fully reversible so that the building’s owner, Trafalgar Entertainment, can return it to its original form at a later date.
Following Westminster Council planning permission last year to restore the theater, Foster Wilson Size removed subsequent additions and restored its original 630-seat auditorium.
All of the original decorative elements have been uncovered and repaired, while the original carpet and seats have been reproduced using historical photographs.
In the lobby, two new bars, a ticket office, a cloakroom and a new toilet were built with 1930s-style tiling and lighting details, and new fittings and finishes were installed in all of the backstage changing rooms.
On the outside, the entrance glass roof has been restored to its original design, topped with new light signage.
Trafalgar Entertainment Managing Director Howard Panter said: “Underneath the hull of the Trafalgar Studios there was a remarkable art deco building, and thanks to the painstaking restoration work we have a truly unique magnificent theater suitable for the audience of the 21st century ”.
A new series of Jersey Boys, the first major musical production to perform in the restored theater, is set to begin July 28.