Celebrating #WorldTheatreDay


Today (27th March) is #WorldTheatreDay. As anyone who works in theatre will know, this is a very strange time for the industry. Venues lie empty, talented casts and crews are unable to work and audiences cannot engage with the shows they love. And whilst these are challenging times, we wanted to use today to look back on ten brilliant memories which theatre has created for us over the past 49 years and remind ourselves how special this world is. We also want to use it as a reminder that, whilst we cannot be certain what the next few weeks/months hold, theatre will eventually be back – and the hunger for it will be stronger than ever. In the meantime, please stay safe, look after one another and keep in touch.






1) So we have to start at the beginning… Back in 1973, we provided the lighting for The Rocky Horror Show at the Royal Court Theatre. We then oversaw the show’s subsequent transfer to the King’s Road Theatre a few months later where it ran for six years…











2) Jumping slightly ahead now to 1989 when we supplied the iconic Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The show was a West End smash and ran until 1999 after a staggering 4,264 performances. The lighting designer was the legendary David Hersey.











3) Let’s jump forward to 1996 when we supplied The Who’s rock opera Tommy at the Shaftesbury Theatre. An interesting fact about the show: it was the first we supplied the original ETC Source Fours to! The lighting designer was Chris Parry.











4) Now we move onto 1997 where we supplied Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre. In 2006, it moved to the Cambridge Theatre and then in 2011, moved to the Garrick Theatre before eventually closed after an amazing 15 years. The lighting designer was Ken Billington.











5) Fast forward to 2005 where we supplied Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Winner of four Olivier Awards, it featured a lighting design by Rick Fisher (who won a Drama Desk and Tony Award for his work on the show). It ran until 2016.











6) We’re heading to Macau now when in 2009 we supplied the lighting for The House of Dancing Water, a 270° theatre-in- the-round based at the Dragone Theatre. The show features the world’s largest commercial pool, which contains 3.7 million gallons of water!











7) And whilst this may not be a show, it’s still something we’re incredibly proud of… In 2011, we launched our Apprenticeship scheme, offering valuable training for those wanting a career in the industry. Since then, we’ve overseen 57 apprenticeships in total.











8) In 2011, VAULT Festival was launched in the tunnels beneath Waterloo Station and has since grown to become London’s biggest and boldest entertainment festival. We’ve supported the festival since day one, supplying the complete lighting and rigging solutions.











9) Heading back to 2016, we supplied the lighting for the magical Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. The show features a lighting design by Neil Austin who won the Drama Desk, Olivier, Outer Critics Circle, Tony and WhatsOnStage Award (!) for his work.











10) And finally, we’re looking back to….last year. In 2019, we supplied over 50 West End shows, making us the leading lighting supplier once again. It was a pleasure to work with so many designers, electricians, technicians and everyone else in between.















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