Institute of Theatre Consultants
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Name Michael Holden

BA (Hons)

Practice Adrian James Acoustics (London Office)
Location London NW11
Membership IoTC, FRSA
Background Trained as a stage manager; producer in London and the regions before joining Theatre Projects Consultants in 1970. Founded own practice in 1976; associate of Adrian James Acoustics, as lead the theatre Consultant from 2009. Founded Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and first chairman (1978-84); Chief Executive of the Shakespeare’s Globe (1994-98) taking over the project on Sam Wanamaker’s death; designed more than 60 auditoria and business plans for several sustainable theatres.

450th Centenary Hall, Hampton School (2009)

Specification early electric flying hoist system (seating capacity: 900)

Forum Theatre, Derry, Northern Ireland (2003)

Brief for the building, design of the theatre and backstage spaces, stage machinery, stage lighting: 1,032 seat receiving theatre capable of reducing to 460 seats; becomes a single flat floor space for dinners, dances & events; rehearsal room/studio theatre seating 90

Hampton Hill Playhouse, Middlesex (2000)

Design for conversion, all building works and services, equipment, seating, decor: 200 seat amateur theatre adaptable for proscenium, open, thrust and in-the-round, also 70 seat studio

Shakespeare’s Globe, London(1998)

Brief, business plan, historic input, lighting, sound and audio-visual facilities: 1,600 capacity Elizabethan style theatre with an amazing relationship between actor and audience.

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow (1986)

Theatre planning, design of the theatres, stage machinery, stage lighting, sound; workshops. Drama theatre (400 seats), studio theatre (100), television studio, opera studio, concert hall (500)

Areas of consultancy undertaken
Business Planning Yes
Feasibility study Yes
Brief preparation Yes
Auditorium design Yes
Seating & sightlines Yes
Stage Lighting Yes
Stage Sound and Communications Yes
Stage Machinery Yes
Workshops Yes
Box office Yes
Other General design of ventilation services for theatres.
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