It's been a hectic start to 2003 for London-based lighting rental company White Light, with five new shows arriving in the West End and some old favorites going back out on the road in the first three weeks of the year.
The West End arrivals cover a wide range of styles. At the Arts Theatre is a new comedy from America, Triple Espresso, at the Whitehall Theatre, the musical fun of Sing-along-a-ABBA has replaced the long-running Art, which used White Light equipment throughout its run. At the Old Vic, White Light is supplying the rig for Hartley TA Kemp's design for The Tempest; as with its initial run in Sheffield, the show is using automated lighting from The Moving Light Company, White Light's automated lighting division.
Also combining conventional equipment from White Light and automated equipment from The Moving Light Company are Midnight's Children, the new RSC adaptation of the novel by Salman Rushdie at the Barbican Theatre, lit by Bruno Poet, and Auntie & Me, a comedy starring Alan Davies at the Wyndhams. Auntie & Me is lit by one of White Light's original founders, Andy Phillips, who is combining conventional lighting with discharge lamps fitted with LichtTechnik dimmer shutters and Martin Mac 2000s.
The new shows join the many other White Light equipped shows in London, these including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Our House, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Taboo, What The Night Is For, This Is Our Youth and Romeo and Juliet.
The touring circuit sees in the New Year with the return of the long-running Blood Brothers, lit by Nick Richings, as well as The Roy Orbison Story and Calamity Jane. These join ongoing tours including the recently revamped Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Buddy, The Rocky Horror Show (in its original production, White Light's first ever show!) and Miss Saigon.
Full details of the shows using White Light's equipment in the West End and on tour, as well as information about White Light's full range of products and services, can be found at the White Light website.