November 2017: Mayflower Theatre unveiled its highly anticipated new colour scheme which will be in place following a £3.95 million refurbishment of the theatre’s auditorium in 2018. The new red and gold scheme, designed by Foster Wilson Architects, is a tribute to the glamourous 1920s heritage of the Grade II Listed building.

 

The theatre’s last major auditorium refurbishment was over 30 years ago, when the building was painted its current colour-scheme of turquoise, ocean blue and salmon pink.

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive, said, “Since we announced our Mayflower 90 Auditorium project in April, the one question I keep getting asked is about the colour scheme. We spent a long time working with paint analysis experts to rediscover what colour schemes have been used over our 89 year history. In conjunction with this we have looked at comparable theatres from across the UK built around the same time as ours.

The paint samples taken from our walls revealed several different colour schemes over the years including grey, cream, yellow and even a vivid pink scheme in the 1970s.

We decided on a Red and Gold scheme as it celebrates the tradition and heritage of our building, while also meeting the practical needs of a modern theatre. We sincerely hope that the community embraces this exciting new colour scheme and shares our vision to protect and enhance the legacy of the theatre.”

 

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