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Stage Electrics and the Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company InstallationStage Electrics has won a prestigious contract to provide all theatre electrical services, both production and domestic for the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The RSC is presently involved in a major transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and surrounding site.

This new contact marks the continuation of a long and successful relationship between the RSC and Stage Electrics. Three years ago Stage Electrics was awarded a contract to provide all electrical services for The Courtyard Theatre. This new theatre, built from scratch in a single year was completed in July 2006 and is a tremendous space, popular with all those who work in it as well as the audiences who visit.

Prior to the closure of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in early 2007, the RSC completed the construction of new Chapel Lane administration offices some 500m away from both the RST and The Courtyard. This is essential to allow for construction of the new theatre and in the future will allow more space for the public and production staff on the constricted riverside site. Stage Electrics provided paging and show relay (both audio and video) to the new offices. This ensures that, although staff are no longer in the same building as any of the Stratford stages, they can still hear the show relay and stage management calls, as well as pictures of the stage.

The scope of the works also involves coordinating all aspects of the detailed design of services within both auditoria. Jonathan Porter-Goff, project manager for Stage Electrics comments: "Stage Electrics is ideally placed to undertake this work, drawing on almost 30 years of experience of theatre installations as well as having developed a great working relationship with the client team over the last three years. The experience gained from the development of The Courtyard has been valuable as the company works towards the completion of the new theatre in 2010."

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