Welcome to the first issue of the new year and, indeed, the new decade! May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous one. I hope you enjoyed some well-deserved rest and recuperation over the festive period, though I’m sure it’s long-forgotten by now.
Our cover story this month is Steve Moles’ report on Michael Bublé’s current An Evening With . . . world tour. Also inside, Kate Lyon reports on Nativity! The Musical. The pantomime alternative took residency at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo over the Christmas period following a tour of UK theatres. For her report, Kate met with the crew and creatives responsible for upscaling the production for the Apollo whilst maintaining its ‘sparkle and shine’.
Meanwhile, Rob Halliday visits London City Island and the new, purpose-built home of the English National Ballet; James Simpson gets to know female-led VR studio Anagram; Teodora Lyubomirova attends an STLD-organised event held on the set of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing; and Simon Duff details the tech behind the National Gallery’s immersive Leonardo: Experience A Masterpiece exhibition. Also, Rob Halliday visits Soho’s adaptable Boulevard Theatre, and Kate Lyon details the technical infrastructure at work in a new student hub at the University of Greenwich.
On the tech front, Simon Allen reviews L-Acoustics’ A Series multifunctional constant curvature speaker system. Plus, ahead of February’s ISE tradeshow, we also present our roundup of expected product highlights from the Amsterdam-based show. Enjoy!
With a big band and big visuals, the Canadian showman’s new production dazzles the Newcastle Utilita Arena. Steve Moles meets the crew . . .
Expected highlights from this year’s ISE exhibition, taking place 11-14 February at the Amsterdam RAI for one final time before relocation to Barcelona in 2021 . . .
Rob Halliday reports from London’s City Island as the English National Ballet moves in to its new HQ, complete with a much-needed production studio . . .
As the Christmas musical returns to Hammersmith Apollo for its third annual residency, Kate Lyon reports on what makes the production sparkle and shine . . .
Simon Allen reviews L-Acoustics’ multifunctional constant curvature loudspeaker system . . .
Boulevard Theatre, Soho’s rising cultural hotspot, is pushing the boundaries of both art and automation with its flexible design. Rob Halliday reports . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports from Elstree Studios on an STLD-organised student meeting with key members of Strictly Come Dancing’s lighting team . . .
James Simpson meets the team behind the award-winning, female-led immersive VR studio . . .
As Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece takes residency in the National Gallery, Simon Duff discovers the secrets behind the immersive exhibition . . . .
Dreadnought Building’s radical transformation has seen it become a new focal point for the University of Greenwich. Kate Lyon reports . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: • Theatre: Dear Evan Hansen • Venue: P&J Live, Aberdeen • Tech: Robe’s Esprite reviewed • Venue: Fairfield Hall, Croydon • Profile: Dimension • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change