Elisabeth Scott designed Bournemouth’s threatened Pier Theatre

Recently there was much praise for architect Elisabeth Scott who as a young woman designed the 1932 Shakespeare Memorial Theatre building at Stratford-upon-Avon.

In March this year the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, officially re-opened the theatre, now called the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, following a programme of refurbishment and updating.

Elisabeth Scott was the first woman to win a major architectural competition.

In January BBC Radio 3 broadcast a profile.

In later life she returned to work in her home town of Bournemouth. Her last major work was its 800-seat Pier Theatre opened in 1960 with a performance of Carry on Laughing.

Now after half a century Openwide International, which manages Bournemouth Pier, has applied to the Council to turn the theatre into an indoor surfing attraction.

The National Piers Society has raised concerns about this news which has been extensively reported in The Stage.

 

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