Theatre doctor

Independent advice to solve problems with performing arts venues.


From tricky sightlines to faulty equipment, we’re often asked to help with everyday issues at entertainment venues. Theatre Doctor provides imaginative, cost-effective proposals for a fixed fee of £900 (plus expenses).

With Theatre Doctor, our expert will visit your venue and draw up a report outlining your options and our recommendation. It’s an unbiased service, with no links to particular products or solutions, and it considers your issue in light of current legislation and standards.

For consultation outside the UK or for more extensive studies, please contact us directly for a quote.

Theatre Doctor can advise on:

  • Sightlines
  • Capacity
  • Exit and escape strategies
  • Seating and audience access
  • Accommodating wheelchair positions within the auditorium
  • Performer facilities
  • Stage engineering systems
  • Lighting, sound and communications installations
  • Scenery storage and access
  • Get-in strategies
  • Health and Safety matters
  • Size and location of Front-of-House areas


Recent Theatre Doctor projects:

We helped a drama academy to make its lighting compliant with current regulations without interrupting the venue’s programme.

Our recommendations to make technical equipment compliant with current standards reduced the potential cost to our client by 75%.

When a safety curtain was remaining in view at a major receiving house, our suggestion to replace the control mechanism saved our client the cost and disruption of raising the entire grid.

At a newly completed community theatre, we proposed adjustments to balcony railings that significantly improved sightlines.

Careful specification from Theatreplan experts made it possible for a London summer festival to rig and de-rig a high-specification sound system every day with minimum impact on the staff budget.




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Roger Fox
Roger heads our Theatre Doctor service

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