Evita In Concert

Evita In Concert

We were delighted to work alongside Lighting Designer Tim Deiling to provide a comprehensive lighting package for Evita in Concert at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The lighting package included; Robe BMFL Blade, Astera Titan Tubes & Prolights Lumipix 15IP LED Battens. Which, together made for a visually stunning production.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Evita returns to the West End this summer. In an all-star concert at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, accompanied by the 30-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO).

Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Disney’s Moana and star of The Little Mermaid Live, makes her West End debut in the title role of Evita. Alongside West End leading man Matt Rawle (Martin GuerreMiss SaigonZorro) who returns to the role of Che. Jeremy Secomb (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera). Nathan Amzi (Heathers the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical) also joins.

Completing the cast is Lloyd DaviesRobin KentEmily LanghamJasmine LeungAmonik MelacoJoseph Poulton, Agnes Pure and Sophie Sass.

Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer (FolliesTop HatCats) directs.

Kinky Boots Struts Back Into The West End

Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Returning to the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for the first time since 2019. Kinky Boots is the exhilarating true story about a struggling shoe factory and Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father’s factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. A show that will lift you higher than any platform boots!

Storm we pleased to supply both a Lighting Package & Production Management services for this special “in Concert” version at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Lighting Design was provided by Ben Cracknell as part of a series of concerts this summer. Ben made full use of our new Prolight’s Lumipix 15IP LED Batten‘s, alongside Robe Pointe‘s and traditional 2 Lite & 4 Lite Blinder‘s.

“It’s great to see our Lumipix 15IP Battens as part of Ben’s creative design. As well as our Pointe’s which continue to creat some great in-air effects and beams. It’s also brilliant to be able to have a show such as Kinky Boots, which can take full advantage of all the features in both fixtures. Especially in a venue like the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.

About The Show

Winner of six TONY awards and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016. Kinky Boots features a joyous score by Cyndi Lauper. As well as a hilarious, uplifting book by Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business. Charlie finds inspiration in the form of the fabulous entertainer Lola. Together they work out what is best for both of them.

This summer, a performance of Kinky Boots the musical in concert will be coming to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With Cedric Neal (Back To The Future, Motown), Joel Harper-Jackson (COCK, Kinky Boots UK Tour). As well as Courtney Bowman (Six, Legally Blonde) bringing the music alive with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. This concert is sure to lift the spirits and have you dancing in the aisles.

Chess in Concert at Drury Lane

Chess In Concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Storm were delighted to put the final pieces in place for the much anticipated revival of Chess. Performed in Concert at London’s prestigeous Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Supplying Lighitng & Production Management services. Chess is the first in a series of concerts at the Theatre Royal this summer, as part of an exciting concert series.

With Lighting Design by Ben Cracknell, Chess the Muscial in Concert was a sellout success! The show featured our brand new Prolights Lumipix 15IP LED Batten‘s along side our Robe Pointe‘s. Take a look at some of the brilliant production shot’s from this special concert below.

About The Show

With music by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by the incomparable Sir Tim Rice. The iconic musical Chess returns to the West End for the first time since a limited run at the London Coliseum in 2018.

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship. But their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Telling a story of love and political intrigue. Set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Chess features an incredible score including classics such as “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night in Bangkok”.

Starring Samantha Barks (Frozen, Les Miserables), Hadley Fraser (City of Angels, Phantom Of The Opera), Joel Harper-Jackson (Cock, Kinky Boots), Frances Mayli McCann (Les Miserables, Evita), Ako Mitchell (Bonnie and Clyde, The Lion King). Alongside Craige Els (Matilda, Coronation Street) with the 50-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra accompanying.

Half a Sixpence found at Kilworth House

Half a Sixpence at Kilworth House Theatre

Storm are pleased to be supplying both Lighting & Rigging services to Kilworth House Theatre for their summer season of Theatre & Live events. Featuring Carousel earlier this year, and currently Half a Sixpence, with Lighting Design for both shows by Jason Taylor. This stunning open-air theatre is dedicated to producing and presenting large scale professional musical theatre. This year is no different.

The shows have made use of our extensive inventory of both indoor and outdoor IP rated fixtures. Including our new stock of Chauvet Ovation E-910FC IP LED Profile‘s. Alongside Varilite VL2600 Profile‘s and Martin MAC Aura XB‘s. The lighting system is driven by one of our ETC Ion XE20‘s. Paired with one of our ProPlex IQ8 Data Distribution racks.

About The Show

Half A Sixpence’ is the delightful British musical comedy packed with exuberant choreography. A myriad of mirth, colourful costumes and show-stopping numbers. Iincluding, ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop!’, ‘Money to Burn’ and of course ‘Half A Sixpence’.

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century. He is a charming but ordinary young man who, along with his fellow apprentices, dreams of a better and more fulfilling world. When Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. It confuses everything he thought he knew about life. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham.

Helen is always there with helpful hints on how Arthur could improve himself and make his life richer and more meaningful. If only he would believe in himself, and listen to her. Undoubtedly both young women love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life. You need to make the right choices.

Dirty Dancing Hits The West End

Dirty Dancing 2022

Storm are delighted to be providing a comprehensive LightingRigging package for the West End run of Dirty Danicng. Playing at London’s Dominion Theatre. The West End lighting system contains a mixture of ROBE, SGM & ETC Moving Lights & LED fixtures. The show enjoyed a sellout run in London with audiences dancing in their seats every night.

Dirty Dancing goes back to the summer of 1963. 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life. As well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. She shows little interest in the resort activities. Instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters.

Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene. Especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end. Not only as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse

John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse

We were delighted to support the world premier of John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse. Lighting Design for the show was provided by Andrew Exeter. Andrew took full advantage of our stock of Martin MAC Aura XB‘s & ETC ColorSource Spot‘s for his design. In addition, Andrew used Studio COB Plus‘s as well as LED tape to complete the design. The show enjoyed a successful run at the Playhouse from the 28th July through till the 21st August. Filling the Playhouse each night with audiences excited to return to see live theatre once again.

“It was a pleasure to work closely with Andrew again on another project. This time on a new version of this musical. Andrew’s keen eye for design is always gaurunteed to bring new life into any show he works on. Similarly, this show was no exception. Working with a design based on a predominantly Generic & LED rig, it was great to see what Andrew was able to do and it looked great” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.

Watch John & Jen Show Promo

About The Show

From the award winning composer of The Addams Family, Big Fish & The Wild Party, starring Olivier Award nominee Rachel Tucker and introducing Lewis Cornay. John & Jen is an emotional rollercoaster that explores the dynamics of family relationships. This production is the world premiere of a brand new updated version of the show by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, with orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown & Andrew Lippa.

1985, John & Jen, brother and sister, born seven years apart, grow up together, totally inseparable. Jen makes a “forever pact” with her little brother to always protect him against anything and anyone, including their own dad.

1986, Jen, alone in Canada with her baby boy whom she has named John, a living memorial to the brother she failed to protect.

The beautiful and haunting score emotionally captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America.

HAIR at the London Palladium

HAIR at the London Palladium

Following on from a hugely successful limited production at Turbine on the Jetty last year. HAIR is one of the first performances at the Palladium to welcome a live audience back to the venue since the beginning of this year. Both feature a lighting design by Andrew Exeter. He was keen to work with Storm to provide the lighting and rigging equipment required for the production.

We worked closely with Andrew to bring this specially created concert version to life. Andrew was keen to bring the classic 60’s tungsten look and feel to the stage. Keeping inline with the shows 1960’s roots. He achieved this in the unique form of “PAR Trees”. These also helped to frame the performance space for the concert.

To work with the tungsten part of the design, Andrew took advantage of our recently added stock of Vari*Lite VL2600 Profile‘s. He also made great use of our SGM Q7‘s & ETC ColorSource Spot‘s to complete the design. This special concert version of HAIR was directed by Arlene Phillips.

“It is always a pleasure to work with Andrew, especially on productions like these. It’s an opportunity to create something more unique compared with traditional theatre shows. Andrew’s attention to detail and his ability to create special moments within the show are second to none. Seeing a show back in a theatre again with a live audience after so long has been brilliant. Along with everyone else in the industry, we are really looking forward to seeing the entertainment industry recover strongly over the next few months”. Says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.

About The Show

In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips. Get ready to groove to an infectiously energetic rock beat. With songs like Aquarius, Good Morning, Starshine, Hair, I Got Life, and Let The Sun Shine. Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Featuring a cast of well known West End Performers including, Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent), Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress), Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Tom FrancisGrace Mouat (SIX and & Juliet), Jodie Steele (Heathers and SIX), Matt Croke (Aladdin, Funny Girl) and Millie O’Connell (SIX and Rent).

1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York. Yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song. All whilst under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs: Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine. The story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 

Storm Creates Festive Magic on Screen

Storm Creates Festive Magic on Screen

Storm supplies lighting and rigging equipment for a festive production series filmed in the heart of the West End at the Actors Church, Covent Garden.

The festive production is available to stream throughout the Christmas period on until the 1st January 2021. Featuring spectacular performances from West End stars including the entire cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical.

Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter enlisted the support of Storm to provide lighting and rigging equipment for the production. “Storm were my first choice for equipment to use on this production. Knowing Storm hold a range of equipment for Film, TV & Broadcast. Straightaway I knew they were the perfect company to have onboard with this project. In addition, key to this production was Storm’s stock of ARRI SkyPanel‘s. The SkyPanels are an undeniably powerful and make lighting for camera stress free.” says Andrew.

Utilising equipment from our Film, TV & Broadcast catalogue we ensured Andrew had the best tools for the job. Ensuring he was able to produce a high quality production. “After what has been a devastating year for the Entertainment Industry. It was great to be able to help create some much needed festive spirit. Especially a production that can be enjoyed by people all round the world over the holiday season. Not only that, but the production is helping to raise money for both Shelter & Crisis charities. Both charities are do so much each year. In particular this year under even more challenging conditions this year due to the pandemic.” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.

About the Show

Denise Welch will host a starry list of performers coming together for a filmed concert. We Need A Little Christmas, in support of Shelter and Crisis at Christmas. The concert will be filmed live at the Actors’ Church (St Paul’s Church) in London’s Covent Garden. With performances from Dame Maureen Lipman, Charlie Kristensen, Christine Allado, David Bedella, Kevin Clifton, Brenda Edwards, Sheila Ferguson, Amy Hart, Dom Hartley-Harris, Sophie Isaacs, Cassidy Janson, Lydia Lucy, Lee Mead, Peter Polycarpou, Jodie Prenger, Sharon Rose, Sally Ann Triplett and The Vivienne. Along with Brian Conley, Matt Jay-Willis, Lucie Jones, Jacqueline Jossa. Plus the cast of A Christmas Carol – The Musical and the West End Gospel Choir.

We Need A Little Christmas will be directed and staged by Michael Strassen. Musical direction by George Charter and production design by Andrew Exeter. We Need A Little Christmas is produced by Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media and Guy Chapman.