We are delighted to announce that The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s was recognised for its architectural excellence and contribution to society by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in their recent East of England awards.  The award is wonderful recognition of all those in involved in the Quarry Theatre’s development, from our staff and supporters to Foster Wilson Architects and local construction firm SDC.

The judges praised the sensitive transformation the former Moravian Church on St Peter’s Street into the current performing arts theatre for Bedford School and the local community. 

The Quarry Theatre, which opened a year ago, has now staged over 148 shows with over 10,000 people passing through its doors.  The rich variety of theatrical, musical, artistic and literary events, including visiting productions from Shakespeare’s Globe, Propeller Theatre Company, a range of touring professional shows, as well as BAFTA photographic exhibitions, jazz, classical and rock concerts, DJ nights, comedians, dance companies and literary talks has been a fantastic addition to both the school and the Bedford Arts scene. 

For our boys, there are now more opportunities than ever for them to take part behind the scenes. Designed specifically with them in mind, the theatre is not only a great performing space but also offers superb opportunities off stage, for example, the installation of the tension-wire grid enables them to rig and focus up to 80% of the lights in the theatre. 

The building was an obvious fit for a theatre development, however, the architects have skilfully exploited the existing features of the building, striking a balance between respect for the old and the celebration of the new.

– RIBA

. . . both the town and Bedford School have gained a fantastic new flexible performance space.

– RIBA

Read the full RIBA report here.

 

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