Everyman Theatre

Built in 1891, the Everyman Theatre is Grade II listed and the earliest surviving theatre by the prolific theatre architect, Frank Matcham. The front of house and backstage areas were rebuilt in the 1980s.

FWA restored the historic auditorium and modernised the front of house areas, that had been rebuilt in the 1980s. Working with historic theatre consultants Theatresearch, our work included repairing the original fibrous plasterwork and scagliola, and the restoration of the historic colour scheme and murals. Seats, carpets, wallpaper and drapes have been replaced with new designs based on Matcham interiors elsewhere, to recover the sumptuous character of the original interior, while improving audience comfort.

The theatre’s technical installations have been reconfigured to be more sympathetic to the original design, while serving the needs of modern productions, and the foyers have been remodelled and redecorated in a contemporary style, including new bars, counters and finishes throughout. A new steel helical staircase with American black walnut treads and handrails links the ground floor caf. to the first floor circle bar.

The work was completed for the celebration of the theatre’s 120th anniversary in October 2011.

  • ClientEveryman Theatre, Cheltenham
  • LocationCheltenham
  • Cheltenham Civic Award, 2011