What a year the past month has been! The world has all-but shut down in a bid to stop the spread of the invisible enemy that is the coronavirus. Very few industries have been unaffected by the unprecedented global events we’ve all experienced over the past few weeks - and sadly, ours has been one of the hardest hit.
Whilst this has been incredibly concerning and heart-breaking to witness, this is a resilient industry and it’s been equally as encouraging and heart-warming to see people pull together and mobilise with offers of support - for each other and the wider world. For more on the industry’s fight against the coronavirus, see our special extended coverage.
Also inside, and hopefully providing some much-needed escapism for you, we bring you Kate Lyon’s report on the production wizardry at work for Mamma Mia! The Party, an immersive theatrical dining experience based on the popular ABBA-inspired musical and films.
BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi had a busy start to the year as he set off on his first arena tour. Steve Moles caught up with his crew as they prepared for Capaldi’s homecoming show at Glasgow’s SSE Arena.
Plus, of course, all your regular favourites and more! Take care.
Kate Lyon reports from London’s O2 Arena on the complex production behind the immersive theatrical dining experience Mamma Mia! The Party . . .
We talk to a broad cross-section of the industry about their experiences of and response to the pandemic so far . . .
Steve Moles reports from Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena on Lewis Capaldi's latest tour . . .
Mike Wood gets under the hood of German manufacturer GLP's new discharge-lamp wash light . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports from Tokyo Rising, a vibrant club night organised by promoter illumiNaughty and held at London’s Troxy . . .
Mike Clark discovers how a group of Italian companies helped create a unique Saudi Arabian concert hall . . .
LSi charts the rebirth of a film and broadcast icon . . .
Phil Ward finds ‘Q’ at the heart of ‘X’ as Madonna stages her theatre-scale Madame X tour . . .
The latest product releases and updates from across the industry . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Theatre: Seven Streams of the River Ota • Lighting Landmarks: Empire State Building • Touring: The Who • Company Profile: Zero 88 • Audio: ‘In Concert’ Cinema Sound • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change