The Main House at the Theatre Royal Bath has undergone a major seating refurbishment, with brand new seats installed across three levels in the auditorium. The programme of work, which has been two years in the planning, was completed within seven days – during a week scheduled between the theatre’s Summer Season productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – which closed on 20th August – and The Libertine which opened on 31st August.
The seating has been supplied by Quinette Gallay, a specialist company based in Paris with seventy years of expertise in the field. The team at the Theatre Royal Bath were joined by two French seating technicians from Quinette Gallay and seating consultants Anne Minors and Liz Bury from Sound Space Vision.
On Sunday 21st August work began in the auditorium to strip out the existing seats, leaving just the metal frames in place. On Tuesday 23rd August, the new seats arrived from France and the team commenced work on installation, ready for completion by Saturday 27th August.
The seating refurbishment has seen a team of ten people installing brand new seat pads, seat backs and arm rests throughout the Stalls, Royal Circle and Dress Circle levels of the Theatre Royal’s auditorium.
Seating in the Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House auditorium was last replaced seventeen years ago; also by Quinette Gallay. The last major refit of the Theatre Royal’s seats was undertaken as part of a refurbishment programme of Bath’s historic theatre in 1999, since which time in excess of four million theatregoers are estimated to have sat on them!
The cost of the Theatre Royal’s seating refurbishment has been self-funded with a contribution made by the Theatre Royal Bath Fundraisers.