The Full Monty, a stage adaptation of the hit British film, has been playing to enormous popular acclaim in New York — and has now made the journey back to the UK, where it will play at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Lighting designer Howell Binkley will recreate his New York design, making use of an automated lighting rig of six Martin Professional MAC 2000s, 12 MAC 500s, and 38 High End Systems Studio Colors® controlled from a Flying Pig Systems Wholehog II console. The rig also has around 325 ETC Source Fours, 55 of which are fitted with Wybron color scrollers, and Orion and L&E Mini-Strip floodlight units, 80 Star Strobes, police beacons, Robert Juliat Aramis followspots, and MDG Atmosphere and Look Solutions Tiny Fogger smoke machines. The conventional rig will be controlled from an ETC Obsession 2 console. The show's production electrician is Pete Lambert, with Stewart Crosbie and Simon Marlow serving as production managers.
In contrast, Taboo is a brand-new musical written by 80s pop icon Boy George, playing at a new 300-seat venue called The Venue, just off Leicester Square. Designed by Tim Goodchild, the show is being lit by Chris Ellis using four Martin MAC 600s, 12 MAC 250s, and five MAC 300s alongside a conventional rig that includes ETC Source Fours and Source Four PARs with a 10° Source Four used as a followspot, CCT Minuette fresnels, Strand Prelude 16/30s, and a selection of birdies and PAR-36s. Atmospheric effects are being provided by a Spaceball smoke machine and the Unique hazer. The entire rig is controlled from a Strand 520i console, which the lighting designer is programming himself; the show's production electrician is Simon Needle.
In addition to The Full Monty and Taboo, the companies will also be supplying the lighting to the new musical production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.