Proposals to carry out an extension to the Festival Theatre have come under fire from The Cockburn Association has written to the Lord Provost in an attempt to block plans for a £2.8 million development. The Festival Theatre extension, which will provide a practice stage, currently depends on the land to the rear of the building being sold. Campaigners have said that the proposed student housing and office block would ruin the look of the area, which is home to the university's Old College. Marion Williams, director of the Cockburn Association, said that the plans would also rule out future stage expansion. Council sources say that the Festival Theatre extension would have to be indefinitely shelved if the student development is axed. 22 Jul 2010
Festival Theatre Extension
£2m rehearsal space behind the Festival Theatre set for approval. The extenison would be funded by building student flats between the new space and South College Street. 28 Jan 2009
The re-vitalisation of the existing, Grade B listed, auditorium of the 1928 Empire Theatre to form a Lyric Theatre & Opera House - Festival Theatre Edinburgh - maintaining its basic virtues of size and acoustic performance, but increasing the stage area (now the largest in the UK), orchestra pit and back-of-house facilities to accommodate even the largest performance requirements.
Festival Theatre facade images from LDN
Now one of the World's leading auditoria for opera, ballet, music and theatre, the interface between new glassy atrium of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and decorative and richly-coloured auditorium is marked.
interior images from LDN Architects
The facade is a structural tour de force and Edinburgh's only real example of the era's hi-tech phase popularised down south by Rogers, Foster and Hopkins et al.
facade at night image supplied by LDN Architects