Tom Patterson Theatre

At the heart of the building, the theatre is designed to honor all that is cherished about the beloved Tom Patterson; the unique elongated thrust stage, the pronounced stepping of the tiers that provide clear sightlines, and the unparalleled intimacy. The curved ceiling embraces the patrons below, and is expressed as a basketed surface of textured dark wooden planks. Between each plank, acoustic treatment and concealed air slots provide all the technical rigor to achieve a sophisticated theatre environment. Beneath the vaulted ceiling, a network of suspended technical catwalks replete with elegant wooden acoustic baffles will form a hanging ‘chandelier’ that provides flexibility and access to lighting and rigging positions for all performances. The overall design creates an architecture presenting a unified whole, while at the same time enabling each programmatic element — the lobby, education spaces, and Forum — to have distinct experiences nestled within.

  • Client: The Stratford Festival
  • Architect: Hariri Pontarini
  • Completion Year: 2020
  • Location: Stratford, Ontario
  • Acoustician: Aercoustics
  • Building Size: 75,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 600 seats


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