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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. 

whynow x The Fifth Presents

whynow x The Fifth Presents

Storm were delighted to work with the teams at whynow and The Fifth to produce a new series highlighting new and upcomming artists by supplying lighting and rigging equipment. While there is now light at the end of the tunnel, music venues are still closed and the road to recovery for live music is slow and unsteady. The pandemic has served to highlight the need for new digital ways to find and support musicians, particularly emerging artists. This project aims to deliver that need by shining a spotlight on the stars of tomorrow.

The first series features exclusive performances by artists Ella Grace, Cheryll, Kimbo and Babeheaven. The Fifth’s Head of Music commented: ‘The response has been overwhelming; welcomed by artists, managers, agents and record labels alike. The series is about exploring the connection between the performer and the listener; something we’ve all been starved of this last year”.


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Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

Katherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular

Storm were delighted to provide lighting equipment for this special Christmas concert film. Bringing with it some much needed festive cheer. Filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall, including additional locations around London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert will be broadcast on ITV over the festive period and also available on Blu-ray and DVD. Find out more about the concert and see the trailer below.

Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to her all-time favourite venue with a unique and unforgettable Christmas musical to play in cinemas from 1 December. Bringing joy and festive celebrations to audiences around the world.

Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular sees the Welsh sensation perform seasonal favourites and carols with full nostalgic Hollywood musical glamour and wonder. The production was given unprecedented and exclusive access to the historic venue. It also marked the 50th time that Katherine has performed there.

The all-star cast includes beloved actors Vanessa Redgrave and Bill Nighy, operatic icon Sir Bryn Terfel, Italian Tenor Alberto Urso, American Broadway star Marisha Wallace, English National Ballet Lead Principal Erina Takahashithe Royal Air Force Regiment Band among others.

“Every December I perform a Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall; it is one of the highlights of my year. Sadly, this year arts venues around the globe are facing challenges and traditional Christmas concerts and carol services are under threat. After the 16 concerts I gave from home during lockdown. I realised how music can bring people together so rather than leave audiences without. We took the challenge head-on and made a fully-fledged feature film. Using the spaces of the Royal Albert Hall and camera and story-telling techniques in ways never done before.” 

Katherine Jenkins

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 stream.theatre 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.

A Spooktacular Night at Legoland

Legoland Brick or Treat

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a spooktacular surprise. We were very pleased to be back working with the brilliant team at Legoland. Creating the Enchanted Forest for the unique Brick or Treat event. From Lego Ghosts & Frankinstein to Rock stars, the enchanted forest really comes alive after dark.

It was great to be back doing what we love alongside some of our brilliant freelancers, whilst continuing to ensure all operations were COVID-19 Secure at all times.

The Enchanted Forest is part of Legoland’s Brick or Treat halloween season. Running until the 8th November. Be sure to get your tickets for a spooktacular day from Legoland.

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The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years
Storm were delighted to have the opportunity to supply a unique production of The Last Five Years. This limited performance of L5Y at the Minack Theatre required an equally unique approach to the design. With a completely open air theatre on Cornwall’s coast, IP fixtures were a requirement for lighting designer Andrew Exeter.

“When putting together the specification for The Last Five Years. I was keen to build on the equipment available from the Minack. I wanted to be able to sculpt light up the main stage rock faces but also all the way across the hand carved auditorium. Storm were great at realising what I was trying to achieve. They suggested equipment from their extensive inventory that met all my requirements without compromise.” says Andrew Exeter (Lighting & Set Designer for L5Y).

Storm provided a complete wireless DMX system, along with a predominantly battery powered selection of fixtures. This offered Andrew true flexibility for this unique production with the additional time saved. It ensured a smooth and simple setup each day. Utilising our Wireless Solutions W-DMX Blackbox interfaces for wireless control. They provided true peace of mind for reliable wireless connectivity every day.

“I knew Storm would be able to provide the package I needed without hassle. The service & support from the Storm team is second to none. It always puts my mind at ease knowing I have Storm’s equipment my shows. Their expert knowledge of their equipment and venues around the UK really is a huge benefit to designers. Storm really do go the extra mile with their service. Everything arrived ready to go, paired to the W-DMX boxes which was a real bonus. It really was plug & play system which is exactly what we needed with limited load in time.” says Andrew.


About the Show

West End stars Emma Kingston (Evita, In The Heights, Les Miserableswill play the role of aspiring actress Cathy. Waylon Jacobs (Hamilton, Memphis, Ragtime) will play Jamie, an enthusiastic writer with success just around the corner. 

The Last Five Years, written by the Tony award-winning Jason Robert Brown (Songs for a New World, Parade, Bridges of Madison County) tells a story of love, loss, ambition and the price we pay for all of it.

It is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically.  

From an award-winning creative team with a stunning West End cast and band. This outdoor production will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Photography by Kyle Richardson

Inside Legoland

Inside Legoland

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Legoland. See if you can spot any of our team throughout this series. Featuring some of the most popular events at the resort including the world famous Brick or Treat.

For the first time ever, cameras have been given exclusive access to the people and day-to-day running of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. A four-part documentary is to be broadcast on Channel 5 this August.

Titled Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder, the first one-hour programme will go out at 8pm on Sunday 9th August with the other three episodes set to be shown in the same weekly Sunday slot throughout August.

Filmed over five months during summer 2019 and the start of this year. Viewers will be given unrivalled access into what it takes to keep one of the UK’s favourite family theme parks running. Be introduced to some of the 1,800-strong workforce who work tirelessly to create childhood memories that last a lifetime.

Preview of Episode 3 on Channel 5

In episode one, viewers will meet LEGOLAND Windsor’s expert team of Model Makers. Who, between them are responsible for building, refining and updating the thousands of LEGO® models across the Park. Made up of over 90 million LEGO bricks, there’s always a job to be done. From replacing the fences at Buckingham Palace in Miniland to overseeing the new hippos – made from 5,000 LEGO bricks each – be transported to their new home by the lake. Viewers will also follow the newest member of the Model Maker team, Will. Following him as he embarks on his first day in one of the most sought-after roles at the Park.

On one of the hottest days of last summer, cameras were there as families flocked in their hundreds to earn their driving licence at the much-loved LEGOLAND Driving School. Before heading to cool down on the water slides and dodging the fountains at Drench Towers. But behind the scenes viewers will see just what it takes to keep the rides running. As temperatures rise under the watchful eye of the Park’s Technical Services team. 

Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder will also take viewers on the journey of designing, building and launching a brand-new rollercoaster. As the Park prepares to reveal the world’s first ever DUPLO rollercoaster – the hotly anticipated DUPLO Dino Coaster. With over 100 hours of footage captured, no stone is left unturned. Cameras follow the Animation team perform a sky-high six monthly dentist check-up on the technic dinosaur. Made from over one million LEGO bricks. The Ride Services team diagnose what’s troubling the Jolly Rocker pirate ship. Also, the Events team race against the clock to display 3,000 pumpkins across the Park in time for Halloween. Viewers will also find out which household item Housekeeper Michelle can’t live without for cleaning the 2,000 LEGO models found in the Hotel’s 209 rooms.

Halloween Arrives at LEGOLAND

Marianne McGoldrick, Marketing Director at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. “We’ve been welcoming families to LEGOLAND Windsor for over two decades. We thought it was about time we let the nation go behind the scenes to see what’s involved. Including the secret tricks and tips, in keeping a 150 acre theme park and two hotels running around the clock.”

“Having reopened at the start of July, we’ve already helped thousands of families have some much-needed fun after a difficult few months. We hope that Inside LEGOLAND: A World of Wonder will inspire plans for a Great British day out or staycation this summer.”