The London production of the show of the moment- Hamilton- has recently re-opened the newly built and restored Victoria Palace Theatre and has been wowing audiences with sell-out performances. Before curtain up could could take place the Theatre needed to be made ready to host the Tony and Pullitzer Prize- winning hit.
Cue planning and development consultants Montagu Evans, who have assisted Delfont Mackintosh Theatres’ in bringing the Central London venue up to standard.
Working for Delfont Mackintosh Theatres since 2015, Montagu Evans led the town planning process from initial pre-application discussions with Westminster City Council, through to securing planning permissions and listed building consents for part demolition and extension of the Grade II* listed building. Post-submission, the team discharged the conditions attached to both the planning permission and listed building consent and made a number of advertisement consent applications for the Hamilton show signage and hoarding. Montagu Evans’ extensive heritage planning expertise advice further supported the listed building work and assisted Sir Cameron Mackintosh in realising his vision for the Theatre and the Hamilton production.
Notable improvements to the theatre included the widening of the stage proscenium arch, excavation of new stage pit, new seating, a seven-storey extension to the rear over basement, a new roof enclosure over main roof and a significant reduction in the extent of the east wing. The front and back of house facilities were remodelled with better accessibility and a marble floor to the original plans by Frank Matcham was installed within the grand entrance lobby.
Tim Miles, Partner at Montagu Evans, said:
“These changes firmly establish the Victoria Palace Theatre as one of the premier venues for large-scale musical theatre productions.”
“The incredibly tight timescales associated with renovating the theatre in time for this magnificent London production and the opening night in December 2017 meant securing the planning permission and listed building consent for Cameron Mackintosh and his team in a timely fashion was vital.”