Rebuilding the iconic Young Vic

Young Vic Theatre

The Young Vic Theatre began life as an offshoot of the Old Vic in 1970 - a temporary, experimental theatre set in the round aimed at providing inspiration for a new generation of young performers, directors, writers and technicians under the guidance of Laurence Olivier.

Wrapped around a butcher’s shop, the only building left standing in the immediate vicinity after the Blitz of WW2, decorated in what was saved of the original 1930’s white ceramic tiles, decorated borders and meat hooks and constructed from breeze blocks the theatre’s expected life span was a mere 5 years.

In 2004 the Young Vic went on tour, across the UK and internationally for 22 months while the theatre was rebuilt before returning to a re-designed theatre that has retained the provisional aesthetic and perfect auditorium proportions and gained improved technical infrastructure and backstage facilities, two smaller, flexible spaces as well as welcoming public areas.

Northern Light carried out the main Technical Theatre Installation specified by Charcoal Blue whilst Stage Electrics in London won the contract to supply the loose equipment, all working closely with Phil Gladwell the Young Vic Technical Manager to achieve the best result from the budget. Fittings include 126 Selecon units (24x Acclaim 650W Fresnels, 60x Rama 1200W Fresnels and 30x Rama 1200W PCs and 12x Arena 2500W Fresnels).

The renewal of this iconic theatre ensures that future generations of audiences, actors and production teams together with the thousands of schoolchildren from the local boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark will continue to be supported and inspired by the theatre, a much greater legacy left by Olivier than he ever may have imagined.

 


Credits

Client Young Vic Theatre
Technical Manager Phil Gladwell
Theatre Consultants Charcoal Blue
Technical Installation Northern Light
Loose Equipment Supply Stage Electrics London
Photography Philip Vile

Products used

24 x Acclaim 6°-60° Fresnel
60 x Rama 7°-50° Standard Fresnel
30 x Rama 5°-60° Standard PC
12 x Arena 7°-60° Theatre Fresnel

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