Our cover story this month is the arrival in the UK of hit musical Dear Evan Hansen. Similar to mega-musical Hamilton, this show has resonated with new, young audiences in a thoroughly modern way, as Rob Halliday touches on in his full production report.
Also inside, Kate Lyon takes a trip to Scotland to visit Aberdeen’s expansive new TECA events complex. Along with shops, hotels and restaurants, the £333m complex boasts multiple events spaces, such as the impressive P&J Live Arena, and represents “the UK’s single largest investment of its kind.”
Meanwhile, we also report from Malaga in southern Spain on the complete renovation of the city’s Soho Theatre (formerly the Alameda) thanks to Hollywood actor, Antonio Banderas. Closer to home, we also visit another revamped arts venue - Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, and join a group of lighting designers on London’s South Bank, illuminating the National Theatre’s exterior as part of a new gobo-related competition.
On the tech front, Mike Wood puts Robe’s Esprite lighting fixture to the test, and Richard Cadena gets to grips with City Theatrical’s Multiverse system. We also look at the ongoing convergence of the worlds of AV and pro audio in Phil Ward’s article Networking Opportunities. Enjoy!
Rob Halliday reports from London’s Noël Coward Theatre on the hit-musical that examines friendship and loneliness in a modern context . . .
Kate Lyon reports from Aberdeen’s new TECA events complex, future-proofed with the latest production gear . . .
Phil Ward investigates the convergence of AV and pro audio - as observed at this month’s ISE . . .
Mike Wood tests the new automated fixture - the first to feature Robe’s own replaceable light engine . . .
Richard Cadena tests City Theatrical’s wireless RDM/DMX system . . .
Rob Halliday reports on the sensitive redevelopment of Fairfield Halls, south London’s largest arts centre . . .
LDs projected intricate gobo work on the National Theatre façade in November. Julie Harper reports . . .
Claire Beeson discovers how Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas has helped to revive his hometown’s arts scene . . .
Simon Duff reviews Gareth Fry’s book exploring the art of sound design for theatre . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Education: Resonance • Review: ISE, Amsterdam • Tour: Blue Man Group • Profile: Nexus Dry Hire • Preview: Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
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