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Shaftesbury Theatre wins award for £5m revamp

The Shaftesbury Theatre's new flytower, visible above the structure of the original building, is lit up at night. Photo: Peter Cook
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West End venue the Shaftesbury Theatre has received an architectural award for the best revamp of a cultural building in London.

Work finished earlier this year on the theatre’s £5 million new flytower, which allows the theatre to host larger productions.

The refurbishment was honoured last week at the New London Awards – which celebrate the capital’s best architecture and planning – where the theatre scooped the culture and community prize. The awards are run by architects’ forum New London Architecture.

Writing on Twitter, a spokesperson for the theatre thanked architects Bennetts Associates, who worked on the project.

Other additions in the refurbishment works included new dressing rooms and office spaces, allowing the theatre’s admin staff to move on site.

Discussing the final phase of the project last year, the theatre’s chief executive James Williams said: “It’s about making sure the theatre is able to house whatever comes along and maintains its architectural beauty, but stays a viable technical entity for audiences to come and watch shows here and for technical teams working on the shows to find ways to present things that wow the audience.”

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