1st Edition

Modern Theatres 1950–2020

Edited By David Staples Copyright 2021
    594 Pages 432 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    594 Pages 432 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Modern Theatres 1950–2020 is an investigation of theatres, concert halls and opera houses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.

    The book explores in detail 30 of the most significant theatres, concert halls, opera houses and dance spaces that opened between 1950 and 2010. Each theatre is reviewed and assessed by experts in theatre buildings, such as architects, acousticians, consultants and theatre practitioners, and illustrated with full-colour photographs and comparative plans and sections. A further 20 theatres that opened from 2009 to 2020 are concisely reviewed and illustrated.

      An excellent resource for students of theatre planning, theatre architecture and architectural design, Modern Theatres 1950 – 2020 discusses the role of performing arts buildings in cities, explores their public and performances spaces and examines the acoustics and technologies needed in a great building. This beautifully illustrated book is also a must-read for architects, theater designers, theatre historians, and theatre practitioners.

      Chapter 1.00: Aspects of Modern Theatres 

      1.01. Edwin O. Sachs – A British Theatrical Enigma 

      David Wilmore 

      1.02. Cities, global and regenerating 

      David Staples 

      1.03. Theatres and publicness 

      Bostjan Vuga 

      1.04. Prevailing Themes in 20th Century Theatre Architecture 

      Joshua Dachs 

      1.05. Towards a new theatre architecture: developments in Britain after 1950 

      Alistair Fair 

      1.06. Front of House moves to the forefront 

      Robert Shook 

      1.07. Concert Halls, Music, and Audiences 

      Chris Blair 

      1.08. The Modern Opera House 

      Nicholas Payne 

      1.09. Playhouses and spaces for drama 

      Tim Foster 

      1.10. Stage Engineering Systems 

      Mark Ager 

      1.11. Stage Lighting 

      Mark White 

      1.12. Sound, and Opera’s Dirty Little Secret 

      Chris Full 

      1.13. New Technologies and Performance 

      Raj Patel 

      1.14. Acoustics and the Modern Theatre 

      Sebastien Jouan 

      Chapter 2.00: Thirty Significant Theatres 1950 to 2010 

      Chapter 3.00: Fifties 

      3.01. Royal Festival Hall, 1951, London, UK 

      Miles Glendinning and Sebastien Jouan 

      3.02. Festival Theatre, 1957, Stratford, Ontario, Canada 

      Gary McCluskie 

      3.03. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 1959, Dallas, Texas 

      David Staples 

      3.04. Musiktheater im Revier, 1959, Gelsenkirchen, Germany 

      Elain Harwood 

      Chapter 4.00: Sixties 

      4.01. Arena Stage, Washington, DC, USA 

      Joshua Dachs 

      4.02. Bunka Kaikan, 1961, Tokyo, Japan 

      Shozo Motosugi 

      4.03. Philharmonie, 1963, Berlin, Germany 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      Chapter 5.00: Seventies  

      5.01. Finlandia Hall, 1971, Helsinki, Finland 

      David Staples 

      5.02. Sydney Opera House, 1973, Sydney, Australia 

      David Staples 

      5.03. Teatro Regio, 1971, Torino, Italy 

      David Staples and Simone Solinas 

      5.04. Royal National Theatre, 1976, London, UK 

      Patrick Dillon 

      5.05. Royal Exchange Theatre, 1976, Manchester, England 

      Andy Hayles 

      Chapter 6.00: Eighties 

      6.01. Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz, 1981, Berlin, Germany 

      Reinhold Daberto 

      6.02. Arts Centre Melbourne, 1982, Melbourne, Australia 

      Tim Brinkman 

      6.03. Joyce Theater, 1982, New York, NY, USA 

      Elizabeth Bradley 

      6.04. Derngate, 1983, Northampton, England 

      Roger Hopwood 

      6.05. Lucent Danstheater, 1987, The Hague, Netherlands 

      Eric Blom and Lian The 

      6.06. Opéra Bastille, 1989, Paris, France 

      Michel da Costa Gonçalves 


      Chapter 7.00: Nineties 

      7.01. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 1998, London, UK 

      Richard York 

      Chapter 8.00: New Millennium 

      8.01. The Lowry, 2000, Salford, United Kingdom 

      Alistair Fair 

      8.02. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 2002, Singapore 

      Gaurav Kripalani 

      8.03. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA 

      Carl Giegold 

      8.04. KÀ Theater, 2004, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, AZ, USA 

      David Barbour 

      8.05. Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, 2004, Matsumoto, Japan 

      Shozo Motosugi 

      8.06. Casa da Música, 2005, Porto, Portugal 

      Maria Rita Liberal Arnaut 

      8.07. Auditório Ibirapuera ‘Oscar Niemeyer’, 2005, São Paulo, Brazil 

      Claudia Toni 

      8.08. National Center for the Performing Arts, 2007, Beijing, China 

      Jörg Kümmel 

      8.09. Operahuset, 2008, Oslo, Norway 

      David Turnbull  

      8.10. National Opera House, 2008, Wexford, Ireland 

      David Staples 

      8.11. DR Koncerthuset, 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark 

      Allan Xenius Grige 

      8.12. Guangzhou Opera, 2010, Guangzhou, China 

      David Staples 

      Chapter 9.00: Snapshots of twenty theatres – 2011 to 2020 - David Staples 

      9.01. Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2009, Dallas, Texas, USA 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.02. Onassis Cultural Centre, 2010, Athens, Greece 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.03. New World Center, 2011, Miami, FL, USA 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.04. Royal Opera House, 2011, Muscat, Oman 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.05. Harpa, 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland 

      David Staples 

      9.06. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2011, Stratford-upon-Avon 

      Alistair Fair 

      9.07. Heydar Aliyev Center, 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan 

      David Staples 

      9.08. `A`ali`ikūhonua Creative Arts Center, 2012, Seabury Hall, Maui, USA 

      David Staples 

      9.09. Musiktheater am Volksgarten, 2013, Linz, Austria 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.10. Everyman Theatre, 2014, Liverpool, UK 

      Alistair Fair 

      9.11. Han Show Theatre, 2014, Wuhan, China 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.12. Harbin Opera House, 2015, Harbin, China 

      David Staples 

      9.13. Dubai Opera, 2016, Dubai, UAE 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.14. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 2017, Athens, Greece 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.15. Boulez Saal, 2017, Berlin, Germany 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.16. Elbphilharmonie, 2017, Hamburg, Germany 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.17. Bridge Theatre, 2017, London, UK 

      David Staples 

      9.18. National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, 2018, Taiwan 

      Karin Winkelsesser 

      9.19. The Shed, The Bloomberg Building, 2019, New York 

      David Staples 

      9.20. Xiqu Centre, 2019, Hong Kong 

      David Staples 

      Chapter 10.00: Conclusions 

      10.01. Postscript – "The Ghost Light" 

      Chapter 11.00: Modern Theatres contributors 


      David Staples has been a theatre consultant for over 40 years, working on opera houses, concert halls and theatres in 67 countries. His projects include the Oslo Opera in Norway, Esplanade in Singapore, Lowry in England and Portland Center for Performing Arts in Oregon, USA. He has lectured on every continent except Antarctica and is a former chair of the Society of Theatre Consultants, a member of the International Society of Performing Arts, of Opera Europa, a Fellow of the Association of British Theatre Technicians and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.