Interior of Studio Theatre, view from balcony

Studio Theatre Transformation

The Grade II listed theatre space has been updated

Photography by Carlotta Luke, Andy Stagg, Richard Chivers and Chloe Hashemi

Designed in 1935 by architect Robert Atkinson, the Studio Theatre was originally used as a ‘Supper Room’, with kitchens to serve functions, meetings, and dinners. In the late 1950s it was converted into the Pavilion Theatre for smaller performances, and in 2012, the space was renamed as the Studio Theatre.

November 2023

Studio Theatre welcomed back audiences for workshops, performances and community participation.

A row of Djembe drummers sit playing their drums whilst a man in colourful clothing dances in front of them

October 2023

The finished Studio Theatre now features state of the art sound and lighting technology, a new balcony and retractable floor seating.

Interior of Studio Theatre

September 2022

Work continued on the Studio Theatre's new balcony.

An in progress shot of the studio theatre balcony with view of 5 arched windows

January 2022

The original copper roof was replaced to protect the interior of the building for years to come.

A builder working on the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange roof

November 2021

The Studio Theatre's plaster ceiling was replaced with a new, historically accurate version.

March 2021

The exterior of the Studio Theatre was restored using a specialist conservation method to avoid damaging the brickwork. 

December 2019

The original windows in the Studio Theatre 

October 2019

Restoration of the crenelated windows, an original feature mimicking the character of the neighbouring Royal Pavilion, began.

5 arched windows with circles in them sit against a wall that is being repaired

November 2017

Work on the ground floor beneath the Studio Theatre started. This area is now a restaurant run by our partners Redroaster, in homage to the Studio Theatre’s history as a supper room.

June 2017

The back wall of the Studio Theatre was completely knocked through, giving a direct view in to the Corn Exchange below.

May 2017

Works on the basement of the Studio Theatre began, including for a new kitchen area.

January 2017

The Studio Theatre was completely stripped of staging, seating, technical equipment and fixtures in preparation for the building works to begin.