There’s a strong touring focus in this issue, as we report on the production behind the latest outings by Take That, Evanescence and The Mission. Few live tours warrant quite as substantial coverage as Steve Moles’ report on Take That - but this is a band that knows how to put on a show! For their Wonderland tour the boys perform in-the-round, complete with flying carpets, trips down the rabbit hole and a stage that blooms enormous petals before turning into a magical rotating carousel. Read how it all came together from page 32 of this issue . . .

From Wonderland to Storyhouse, another aptly-named venture. Chester’s new cultural centre brings together library, boutique cinema and theatre in one unique space. A common theme at last year’s Theatres Trust Conference was how theatres could engage with new audiences - Storyhouse tackles that head on. It provides a theatre with a foyer packed full of reading material; a library where you can nip in to see a production between chapters . . . Rob Halliday reports on the multi-million-pound project from page 56.

Also inside, we report from Showlight - the quadrennial lighting conference which this year took place in Florence, Italy. There’s plenty more great content inside too, including Tim Frost’s look at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Phil Ward’s report on the pro audio systems in use for Brecht’s Life of Galileo at the Young Vic, and a round-up of some of the latest tech on show at the recent ABTT Theatre Show. Plus, on the tech front, JBL’s VTX A12 touring solution is reviewed by Mel Lambert, and Martin’s Rush MH 8 Mini Profile is put to the test by Mike Wood.


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Take That's Wonderland

Steve Moles reports from Sheffield Arena on an in-the-round production at times more West End musical than concert tour . . .

On Tour : Evanescence

 With Amy Lee and her band currently on a world tour, Steve Moles reports from their well-received gig at London’s Hammersmith Apollo . . .


Venue : Storyhouse

Chester’s restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building now houses a theatre, a library and a boutique cinema plus restaurants and bars. Rob Halliday reports on the £37m refurbishment . . .


A City United, Phil Ward speaks volumes

Phil Ward talks to Mark Gander, director of JBL Technology at Harman Professional

Bedroom Antics of an Electrician

The Shend Interrogates Peter Jones

DMX Debugging

Quality Assurance

d3 gx Series, by Richard Cadena

LSi talks to rising star Ryan McClintock

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Event : Showlight 2017

David Barbour reports from the Showlight Quadrennial conference, this time held in Florence, Italy . . .

TF : JBL’s VTX A12

Mel Lambert takes a closer look at JBL Professional’s new mid-size, trapezoid three-way A12 enclosure . . .

TF : Martin Rush MH 8 Mini Profile

Mike Wood assesses Martin Professional’s smallest moving head to date . . .

Review : ABTT, London

LSi reports on the latest technologies featured at the annual ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s Alexandra Palace this June . . .


Theatre Sound : Life of Galileo

Phil Ward immerses himself in The Young Vic’s interpretation of Brecht’s Life Of Galileo . . .

Entec’s Return Mission

Gothic rock band The Mission extends its Another Fall From Grace tour and hits the road with a dry hire lighting package from its long-time production supplier. LSi reports . . .

Theatre : Park Life

Tim Frost reports on the challenges of staging Jesus Christ Superstar’s award-winning revival in Regents Park’s open air theatre . . .

NEXT ISSUE: Theatre: Tree of Codes • On Tour: ELO and Phil Collins • Show Preview: PLASA Show, London • Tech: QLab reviewed • Show Review: Mediatech, South Africa • Company Profiles: Le Maitre, PSI and SFL


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