Perhaps my title should more accurately be “Making a theatrical performance out of a staircase” because the image below is of the staircase in the foyer of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, and it is nothing if not dramatic.
I visited the theatre recently for the first time since it was refurbished and a new foyer added in an extension to the original Victorian building. The oldest theatre Glasgow still in operation, the Theatre Royal is the home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. In 2012, Scottish Opera began a two-year, £14 million redevelopment project of which this spiral staircase is part.
The crimson and wood staircase curves and flows from the ground floor to the top of the building. A crimson, textured, leather-covered banister runs the entire length and the staircase seemed to me more like a huge sculpture than functional feature of the building. It is stunning.