Universal Pixels supplies The Prince of Egypt
Friday, 31 July 2020
egyptThe Prince of Egypt is scheduled to return for an open-ended run from November
UK - The musical, The Prince of Egypt produced by Dreamworks Theatricals, Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw, opened on 25 February at the Dominion Theatre, London, following 20 sold out previews (see a detailed production report in LSi July 2020).
Video rental specialist, Universal Pixels (UP), has supplied a 162sqm Leyard CLM10 screen for production. Configured as a single 18m x 9m screen, it provides a stunning backdrop to the dynamic scenic design.
Adapted from The Book of Exodus, The Prince of Egypt - written by Philip LaZebnik - was first released as an animated musical film in 1998. Featuring songs from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz and a score from Hans Zimmer, it earned critical acclaim as a cinematic milestone. The theatre show has 10 new songs from Schwartz, together with five from the original soundtrack. It is directed by his son Scott Schwartz with choreography by Sean Cheesman, set design from Kevin Depinet and costume designs by Ann Hould-Ward.
The story is set in ancient Egypt and follows two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, who find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, while the other must rise up and free his true people.
Forming part of a multi-faceted stage design, the video wall from UP brings depth and dimension to the visual spectacle - lifting the show from the stage into a world of starry skies and atmospheric scenes.
The wall features 324 Leyard CarbonLight CLM 10 LED modules, each measuring 1m by 0.5m, which combine high-end performance with lightweight, carbon fibre construction and flexible installation, which enables modules to be easily swapped without disrupting the overall layout.
Discussing UP’s involvement, Oliver Luff says: “This is a major theatre production in every sense - from the names behind it, to the 60-strong cast and orchestra - we’re pleased to be part of it. We’ve used Leyard’s CarbonLight LED screens on some significant projects over the last couple of years, including The Lehman Trilogy, Chemical Brothers, and Thom Yorke. Here we’re seeing its capabilities in a different type of stage design and the result is, once again, very impressive.”
Leyard’s Luke Marler-Hausen adds: “This is another example of UP’s calibre as a video supplier to shows and productions that have a special creative edge. Their expertise and professional approach to every project are behind their success and growth since their formation in 2016.”
The Prince of Egypt is currently paused due to Covid-19 and is scheduled to return for an open-ended run, with tickets now on sale from Monday 2 November 2020 to Saturday 4 September 2021.
(Jim Evans)

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