The Princess Theatre dates from 1886 (architect: William Pitt) but the interior was remodelled in 1923-6 by prolific theatre architect Henry E. White. He created the series of interior arches along the street frontage, turning retail spaces into a lateral walkway. The new foyer was decorated in the style of Robert Adam. We used a detailed written description of this scheme and a 1926 B&W photograph to restore the decorative treatment.
The recent works included the repositioning of the box office to below the Grand Staircase, the design of the foyer bar joinery, reinstatement of a ceiling and cornices, and the re-hanging of a chandelier that was in storage. The design of the 6m long bar is based on the decorative vocabulary of the 1920s scheme, and is finished with a zinc counter top.
As Allom Lovell, we undertook conservation works to the whole theatre in 1989, in association with Axia and Greenhatch. Lovell Chen is back at the theatre in 2018, working on the conservation and refurbishment of the exteriors.
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