Case Study

Theatre Royal

British Gypsum
Project manager
British Gypsum
Really Useful Group


The Theatre Royal, which was built in 1812, is the fourth theatre to have occupied Drury Lane since 1653. Its regal staircases, Grand Saloon, and Rotunda exemplify Regency-era luxury, while a reproduction of Canova's Three Graces lends a touch of classical beauty.


It was critical that the theatre be renovated while remaining loyal to its Georgian past. The workmanship had to match the building's excellent historical elements, which included elegant ceilings, pillars, and an archway. Blending old and new would include employing both ancient and modern plastering techniques, as well as revitalizing delicate original elements.


Depending on the needed thickness, parts of the arched walls of the theatre's lunettes were plastered with Thistle® BondingCoat plaster, while others were skimmed with Thistle BoardFinish. This was followed by a coat of Thistle Bond-it, which served as both a chemical and mechanical key for the plaster. The structure was also modified to include modern mechanical and electrical facilities such as lighting and air conditioning into its early nineteenth-century construction.



Thanks to the success of the restoration, the Theatre Royal can continue to be cherished by its thousands of annual visitors for years to come.

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