Chateau d’Hardelot is near Boulogne-sur-Mer by the English Channel and now has a 388-seat Elizabethan theatre. Its first public performance was on Friday, 24 June, the day after the referendum vote.
The theatre is made of wood with a vertical and galleried auditorium. There is a stage thrust into the middle, and behind it an update of a Shakespearean tiring house, a two-storey structure whose doors and balconies enable actors’ appearances and exits.
The architect wanted to make a building that “is absolutely up to date but could be 500 years old”. There is also selective use of steel though the basic structure is of cross-laminated timber, a modern technique using factory-made panels that are strong, lightweight and efficient in their use of wood.