John Leonard

Shifting some boxes the other day, I came across the manual for my first new tape machine...
Just A Song (Fully Cleared For Public Performance) At Twilight... 
Obtaining rights for the use of copyright music in theatre productions, both in the US and in the UK, can be a tortuous task. Increasingly, major labels want to negotiate on a per-show basis, but their frame of reference is often limited to film or television, and their awareness of the state of most theatre companies’ financial affairs is virtually nil.
The Smallest Show On Earth 
My almost certain-to-be longest-running sound design ever is not in a theatre or an exhibition. It sits in a gallery in one of London’s most popular historic house museums, The Wallace Collection, in Manchester Square, a stone’s throw away from the busy shopping area that is Oxford Street.
Miking It Better 
Recently, I decided that I needed to add a microphone or two to my microphone stock
It’s All In The Mind, You Know 
I don't normally do Christmas shows; that is, I normally do shows at Christmas, but not those peculiar events known only to the British, called pantomimes.
The Fab Four, Norman, Geoff, Ken, Ken, Richard, Chris, Alan, And Me 
Unless you were on a remote island somewhere in the last couple months, you can't have failed to notice that the entire back catalogue of The Beatles was released to a waiting world
Curb The 'Verb 
John Leonard’s lessons in reverberation
Simply The Best: Using Top Talent For Your Sound 
When I started working freelance in theatre sound, the British Musicians’ Union had a strict rule regarding the recording of music for theatre productions in London’s West End
“Who’s Breathing?” Asked Director Harold Pinter 
The death of Harold Pinter at the end of 2008 was a double loss to the world of theatre, for not only was he a fine and original playwright, but also a remarkable actor
Can You Hear Me At The Back? 
It may surprise those of you in the great North American continent to learn that, until recently, straight plays in London's West End were not amplified.
Searching For The Perfect Wave: A Life Recording Sound Effects 
Once upon a time, I was involved in a small and vastly underfunded theatre company's production of a play by one of the world's greatest living playwrights.
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