Founded in 1945, Kirwin & Simpson are a 4th generation family business dedicated to creating superior quality products and providing effective follow-up services. Based in the UK, we specialise in the design and manufacture of custom theatre and auditorium seating across the globe.

Our philosophy is to foster long-term relationships with clients by providing custom and comprehensive designs, craftsman manufacturing, and an expert installation service for all kinds of seating requirements. Our seamless support service is designed to minimise disruption and maximise downtime in venues’ busy schedules.

We are proud to be the UK’s leading auditorium seating suppliers, supporting almost all the commercial London West End theatres and a wide selection of cinemas, theatres and concert halls throughout the UK, US, Asia and Australia.

Contemporary Seating

Contemporary Seating…


The new Everyman, designed by architects Haworth Tompkins and consultants Charcoalblue, was to include a new 400-chair theatre with the ability to fully support the Everyman’s diverse programme as well as being a conventional entertainment venue.

As always, the brief was to retain the look, style and character of the original auditorium seating, but bring it up to modern standards of comfort and build in the flexibility and versatility required to meet a wide range of new and exacting requirements.

Because of the need to be able to change the auditorium layout quickly and easily, the chairs conform to a uniform size and footprint, making them fully interchangeable. Even the specially designed high chairs in the back row can be easily moved and re-fixed using a special floor fixing system designed and manufactured by Kirwin & Simpson.

“The Everyman seat is a result of close collaboration between client, architect, theatre consultant and manufacturer. The design and installation has been a great success and the theatre are delighted with the flexibility and comfort of the seat, it looks great as well!” Gavin Green, Senior Partner, Charcoalblue
new seating at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

…with that ‘lived in’ look.

One of the more unusual features of the seating in the Everyman Theatre is that the seats were upholstered with the fabric ‘upside down’ to create a more ‘lived in’ look, just one of a number of measures designed to give the auditorium a welcoming but contemporary look and feel.

New auditorium seating by Kirwin & Simpson