Ancient Greek Theater Reopened in British School
The Bradfield College is a British co-educational public school located in the small village of Bradfield, in the English county of Berkshire.
The school was presenting ancient Greek tragedies every three years in a small theater operating at the heart of the school premises since 1890.
This way, teachers and students expressed their love and appreciation of ancient Greek culture and the value of theater in ancient Greece.
In 2009 the theater was shut down due to extensive damages caused by 120 years of operation.
This year, the theater reopened. The famous architectural firm Studio Octopi undertook the restoration and modernization of the theater which is now more beautiful than ever.
The head of the design team, Chris Romer-Lee, reported: “From our first visit, we were intent on preserving the wild and picturesque setting.”
He noted that they respected both the history and the ancient character of the Bradfield College theater, and that the new contemporary elements added, aimed to highlight its beauty.
The new theater has 1,000 seats and a platform known as the agora – a Greek word used to describe a public space for markets or assemblies.
The platform, built from galvanized steel, extends the granite paving surrounding the site, offering views out towards the stage.
It also wraps around a tree that Romer-Lee describes as “one of the most elegant on the site.” The scene is also brand new, made of cedar wood.
The first tragedy presented in the new theater was Sophocles’ Antigone in June.