John Muir

John Muir, Historic Theatres ConsultantHistoric Theatres Consultant

Formerly a partner in Jaques, Muir & Partners: this practice is now incorporated within Foster Wilson Architects. Experienced over a wide range of building types, he has latterly concentrated on theatre work. First commissioned in 1983 by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG) his most significant work for them included the external restoration of the Palace Theatre W1, awarded a Civic Trust Commendation and the refurbishment of the Adelphi Theatre WC2 in 1993. In 1995 he was responsible for the conversion of a former London Board School in Covent Garden to be the new Headquarters of the RUG.

In 1993 a range of works for Stoll Moss Theatres covered the Garrick, Lyric, Gielgud, Apollo, Cambridge and Her Majesty’s. From 1995 he began work for Apollo Leisure (now Live Nation) on the Hammersmith Apollo theatre and it’s development as a music venue. In 2001 he was commissioned to prepare proposals for the restoration of the Apollo Victoria Theatre SW1 and his work continues to the present day under it’s new owners the Ambassador Theatre Group. The recovery of the original dramatic lighting scheme of the Auditorium received the 2002 Heritage Category Award.

He received his first commission from the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1998 followed by work in refurbishment and restoration of the Duke of York’s, New Ambassadors, Albery, Whitehall Comedy, and Churchill theatres London and the Theatre Royal, Brighton. He is a Trustee of the Theatre Royal, Margate. In 1995 he was appointed a Trustee of The Theatres Trust, completing a 9-year term in 2004.