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PRG Had the Time of Their Lives With Mamma Mia! Under the Stars
UK - MAMMA MIA! has enjoyed an almost constant West End run for 21 years and has had numerous international tours. To date, the sensational feel-good musical has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Needless to say, it is now a firm and beloved fixture of the British, and indeed global, theatre world.
PRG has supported the international tour of the ABBA-inspired musical for over 17 years, supplying lighting and trussing packages in the UK and internationally. PRG joined the MAMMA MIA! team on the open-air debut, MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS. Taking place in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House, the show was a pilot for a series of open-air experiences, bringing the now iconic Greek island romance to the English countryside.
PRG worked closely with the show’s team to translate the show to its new surroundings. The combined package of lighting and video captured the original vibrancy of the stage show while complementing the exposed elements of the venue and delivered additional video and camera support for its 1,400 strong socially distanced audiences.
After 17 years supporting the show, it was a joy to load out the bespoke MAMMA MIA! International tour rig once again for this special season at the main stage at Harewood House. The rig included custom white Icon Stages and GLP X4L fixtures amongst the rest of the lighting system. Due to the lack of front of house in the grounds, this was supplemented with additional fixtures plus an audience lighting system, all designed by associate lighting designer, Andrew Voller. The rig was installed under the supervision of production electrician, Martin Chisnall and the show was operated by the touring chief electrician, Freddie Marlow.
For the show’s video, PRG delivered two 7.8m x 4.2m IMAG LED screens which sat either side of the stage using ROE Visuals Magic Cube MC-7H panels. PRG also supplied a camera system for the show’s run including a Blackmagic ATEM switcher, three Sony HXC-100s, three Conon 86X Long Lens and three Gnat minicams, offering audience members an intimate experience of the performances regardless of where they sat in the grounds.
On this this special season with the show, theatre sales director Peter Marshall said: “It was great to work with producer Nick Grace and the team once again, we were involved with the original production lit by Howard Harrison and many subsequent versions and it was especially exciting to work with this new format of this epic show.”
Ahead of the limited run, Judy Craymer, creator and producer of MAMMA MIA!, said: ‘‘It’s going to be wonderful to experience the original musical literally under the stars in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House. MAMMA MIA! lends itself perfectly to the outdoors and what better way to leave lockdown than to be transported to our sunny Greek idyll.”
MAMMA MIA! UNDER THE STARS was a delightful and welcome return to live theatre after over a year’s absence. Having brought the much-loved modern classic to theatre starved fans in a safe and stunning outdoor setting, this season promises a new and exciting addition to the world of MAMMA MIA!
PRG would like to give special thanks to associate producers and general managers Nick Grace Management, production manager Matt Towell, lighting supervisor Martin Chisnall, lighting designer Howard Harrison, associate lighting designer Andrew Voller, chief electrician Freddie Marlow, lead LED technician Stevie Marr, video engineer Jordon McMahon and video director Jon Shrimpton.
photos: Gavin Nugent
13th October 2021
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