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LONDON - Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has supplied lighting to The Bodyguard, a new musical based on the hit Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film. LD Mark Henderson specified fixtures from many manufacturers for the show, which opened earlier this month at the Adelphi Theatre.
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LONDON - Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has supplied lighting to The Bodyguard, a new musical based on the hit Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film.
The show, which opened earlier this month, is directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by David Ian and Michael Harrison - with scenic design by Tim Hatley. For the production, stars Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen take to the stage at the Adelphi Theatre, shining bright with the help of Olivier- and Tony-award winning lighting designer, Mark Henderson.
White Light has collaborated regularly with Henderson over his 30-year career, including supplying such long-running shows as Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For The Bodyguard, Henderson uses a wide selection of equipment from White Light’s stock to create a rig versatile enough to light the show’s wide range of scenes and locations, including concerts, clubs and award ceremonies.
His design includes Martin MAC 2000 Performance, MAC III Profile and MAC 700 Profile spots, MAC700 and MAC TW1 Washes, Vari-Lite VL1000TS Spots and VL3000 Washes, Coemar Infinity ACL-M beamlights, Clay Paky Sharpys, plus Martin MAC Aura and i-Pix BB4 LED washlights, Philips ColorKinetics ColorGraze Powercore LED battens and a Chroma-Q ColorWeb. In addition, the rig features ETC Source Fours, PAR cans, Rainbow scrollers, Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots plus Unique haze machines, Viper smoke machines and Le Maitre Freeze Fog low smoke effects. The entire rig is controlled from an ETC Eos control system.
Working with Henderson on the show is a lighting team led by production electrician Fraser Hall, and programmer Stuart Cross; the show’s production manager is Matt Towell.
“It’s a great pleasure, as always, to be working with Mark Henderson,” says White Light’s Hire Director, Dave Isherwood. “He’s always able to pick the tools that suit the needs of each particular show, and on The Bodyguard we were delighted to supply him with some of the latest technology.”
The Bodyguard also continues White Light’s long association with the Adelphi Theatre; White Light supplied the musical Chicago at the theatre when it opened in 1997, as well as subsequent productions including Evita, Love Never Dies and the recent Sweeney Todd, also lit by Mark Henderson. The show joins the many other plays and musicals supplied by White Light in the West End, these including Billy Elliot, Chariots of Fire, Matilda, One Man Two Guvnors, Shrek, Top Hat, and War Horse.
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