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Royal Court Theatre Goes LED with New Profiles from White Light
UK – When London’s Royal Court Theatre sought to upgrade its existing lighting stock the company turned to entertainment lighting specialist White Light for solutions that would suit the venue’s needs. Concerned with reducing lighting energy use and keen to take advantage of the versatility of new technology, Jack Williams, head of lighting at Royal Court Theatre, went searching for a complete lighting solution that would combine new sources – such as LED – with the theatre’s existing tungsten fixtures.
“We’ve been looking into LED fixtures for some time,” said Williams. “Following the technology over the past few years, manufacturers have done a great job pushing it further. With the quality of products available in the market, now is definitely the right time to invest in LED.” Light quality and versatility were high on the list of requirements but matching new products of different sources with the existing lighting rig would be essential to a complete solution. Of course the best way to understand a lantern’s look and functionality is to see it in action. Williams was able to test several sources and models in theatre-like conditions at White Light’s demonstration facility in South West London.
For the final lighting solution, White Light provided more than 180 new lighting fixtures to the Royal Court Theatre with a mix of LED and tungsten sources including a ETC Source Four LED Series 2 profiles, ETC Source Four profiles (tungsten), and ETC Source Four Fresnels (tungsten). White Light also provided dimming equipment from manufacturer Avolites as well as networking accessories and cabling. “Working with White Light on this project has been fantastic,” said Williams. “Antony Vine’s attention to detail and professionalism made this an exceptionally smooth process.”
The new equipment was delivered in time for the start of the 2014 – 2015 season where lighting designers Peter Mumford and James Farcombe were the first to use LED lighting in the Royal Court Theatre’s upstairs and downstairs venues, respectively. New productions The Wolf From the Door and Teh Internet is Serious Business are now playing at The Royal Court Theatre – each utilising the venue’s new equipment. The Royal Court’s current season runs now through May 2015.
In picture: The Wolf From the Door at Royal Court Theatre, photo: Stephen Cummiskey; Teh Internet is Serious Business at Royal Court Theatre, photo: Johan Persson.
14th October 2014
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