Watch The Yard's mobile seating towers in action


Last year Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Skyline Stage reopened following an ambitious reimagining. The Yard, a state-of-the-art and highly flexible auditorium, features nine mobile seating towers that can be reconfigured by just two people into more than 10 configurations.


Watch a time-lapse transformation of the space above.


Le Théâtre Elisabéthain picks up WAN Wood in Architecture Award

Le Théâtre Elisabéthain au Château d'Hardelot in Condette, France has been awarded the WAN Wood in Architecture Award 2017, 'a specialist category that celebrates advances in wood design, showcasing the elegant, natural and versatile material that continues to challenge architects today.'


Le Théâtre Elisabéthain, near Calais, is France's first permanent neo-Shakespearean theatre, its first naturally-ventilated complex arts building and the world's first all-curved, exposed CLT building. The theatre is in the grounds of Hardelot Castle, home to the  Entene Cordiale Cultural Centre. When it opened, Le Moniteur praised the theatre as 'an architectural masterpiece... in the manner of the Bilbao Guggenheim'. Designed by Studio Andrew Todd with Charcoalblue as theatre and acoustics consultant.


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Charcoalblue open sixth studio in Chicago's West Loop

Following the opening of the acclaimed new Yard theatre at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Charcoalblue are thrilled to announce the opening of their sixth studio in the heart of the city's creative West Loop district.


The studio opens in response to a growing portfolio of projects currently underway in the city and surrounding regions. It will bring Charcoalblue's innovative auditorium design, engineering, acoustic and digital design experience to the region's venues, schools and workplaces. The new studio will be lead  by Studio Principal Clemeth Abercrombie who is currently on the design team for the redevelopment of Massey Hall in Toronto and the Southern Repertory Theatre in New Orleans and Steppenwolf in the city.


The decision to open a new studio in the city is bolstered by a portfolio of current projects in the region including the recently opened Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Arkansas' TheatreSquared


For more on the opening read our press release here.


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