The Bridge Theatre, the first venue of the new London Theatre Company, occupies an extraordinary riverside site on Potters Fields Park in Southwark, overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
The theatre forms part of the ground floor frontage of a new residential development next to City Hall.
Served by a single long bar and lit by 500 bespoke copper light fittings (designed by Haworth Tompkins) the foyer functions as a public space throughout the day and evening.
Acoustics are controlled by the use of canvas and felt ceiling banners, allowing for vocal clarity even with a full audience.
The auditorium, designed in collaboration with London Theatre Company’s technical and creative teams and stage engineering manufacturers, was made and tested offsite in modular form before being erected as fully coordinated, finished components in the existing building shell.
Winner of RIBA London Award 2018
Client . London Theatre Company
Architect . Haworth Tompkins