Here’s the first in a series of posts where we ask key people involved in the refurbishment four questions about the project. First up, Sarah Smith, Project Director:
What has been the most surprising discovery for you during this process?
We’ve discovered so much about the auditorium during the refurbishment – in particular, the original flag-stone floor under the stage, the original level of the Pit (stalls). It’s been fascinating discussing how these discoveries inform our knowledge of this history of the theatre with the archaeologists.
What has been the most exciting moment for you so far?
Exposing the timbers of the roof and finding them in pretty good condition after 245 years.
What are you looking forward to most?
I think completing the work in the auditorium and seeing the reaction of our audiences when we re-open.
What’s the best thing about your role on the project?
The privelege of being involved in the refurbishment of the oldest working theatre in the country.