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1st Edition

Modern Theatres 1950–2020

Edited By

David Staples

ISBN 9781138484382
Published May 12, 2021 by Routledge
594 Pages 432 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

    Table of Contents

    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 

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    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.