The Barbican Theatre in London's Barbican Arts Complex recently underwent a 15 week overhaul with Unusual Rigging brought in to put together an access platform to enable the replacement of the entire grid.
Originally a lyric theatre, and long term home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, the theatre is now called upon to host a far greater range of international touring productions as well as its own in-house productions. As such the entire flying grid and system needed replacing to keep up with the growing demands placed upon the theatre’s technical team.
Ashley Pickles, theatre technical manager at the Barbican Theatre said: “This is a major project for us, removing not just the existing flying grid and system but also some of the gallery and proscenium bridge structures in order to expand the width of the stage and generally improve sightlines and add more flexibility to the theatre.”
Pickles went on to add that the working platform is due to come down at the beginning of the autumn when the theatre-reopens.