The mondo*dr awards shortlist has been released.
The shortlist for this year’s mondo*dr awards has just been announced following a demanding initial entry selection period. The ceremony itself, which will be held during the flagship Prolight + Sound show at Musikmesse, Frankfurt, is less than one month away and with Flightcase Warehouse being proud sponsor of the Best Theatre award, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the esteemed finalists in this category. This week, we look at the first half of the shortlist, so check back next week to learn about the rest of the worthy theatres up for a gong.
The Koninklijik Theatre – Amsterdam
The Koninklijik Theatre in Amsterdam is widely known for its musical theatre, classical operas, plays and even concerts that grace its revered stage. It’s well known that performers consider it a true privilege to appear at the Koninklijik Theatre, which isn’t a surprise considering its stunning setup and iconic location. The venue is nominated for its recent wireless communication innovation which comprises a Freespeak II system combined with an Encore system, which functions to limit unwanted audio latency, interference or hum. Learn more about the Koninklijik Theatre here: https://carre.nl/en
The Victoria Theatre – Halifax
This UK venue has a reputation for sensational experiences in ballet, family theatre and comedy, all housed in a setting rich with heritage (the 1,512 seat theatre dates back to 1901). The team here received a nod on the back of their new PA set up, based around an easily-concealed NEXO GEO M6 system which is capable of handling a diverse range of output styles. All sound is mixed using a flagship Allen & Heath dLive S5000 digital console too. Read more about the Victoria Theatre here: https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/
Le Grand T – Nantes
Designed as an insulated staging area, the Le Grand T is notable due to the short distance between the front and the back row, allowing for an intimate atmosphere to be fostered between performers and enthralled audiences. This special ambience is the reason why the theatre has been shortlisted. Le Grand T trusts leading brands Sonowest and APG to deliver its unrivalled audio, with an upgraded front fill sound system which can handle large bandwidth, extended modes and full modes, ensuring the theatre hits the spot across the entire audio spectrum. Learn more about the Le Grand T here: http://www.legrandt.fr/
Eden Court Theatre – Inverness
With over 40 years of operation under its belt and more than a decade since the last refurbishment, the Eden Court Theatre has recently undergone an upgrade to its systems. The venue, which houses two auditoriums, two cinemas, two dance studios, conference rooms and a stage within the bar, has introduced a host of new technical features, including microphones by AKG, Shure and Sennheiser, and new lighting fixtures all tied together with a number of high capability consoles. Read about the Eden Court Theatre here: https://www.eden-court.co.uk/Online/default.asp
La Perle Theatre – Dubai
The La Perle Theatre is an unconventionally designed space, with features such as curves in place of traditional straight edges and integrated water features – a challenging set of technical specifications for sure! The venue is nominated for innovative use of state-of-the-art speakers (including Galaxy 816 processors and 434 Meyer Sound UPM-1XP’s) hidden in the rear of the theatre to provide distortion-free sound and uniform directional control, and 3D projection mapping software that stretches across walls, seats and even the ceiling. Check out the theatre via its website here: https://laperle.com/en/
Aldwych Theatre – London
A staple of the London West End scene for over a century, the Aldwych Theatre is currently undergoing a renovation that will see the Grade II listed building brought right up to date with 21st century specifications and technology. As part of this project, the theatre has introduced Helixnet as a communications solution, which eliminates the need for large amounts of cable and subsequently frees up facility panels. This allows for comms packs and base stations to be easily deployed at a best-ever pace. Learn more about the theatre: https://www.nederlander.co.uk/aldwych-theatre
Aarhus Musikhuset – Denmark
Also known as the Aarhus Concert Hall, the venue is highly-regarded and stages over 1,200 events a year, entertaining up to around 600,000 people. A recent lighting development focused on an adaptable wash light solution has secured Aarhus Musikhuset a shortlisting in the mondo*dr awards - and deservedly so. The site has invested in Robe and purchased 78 Spider LED wash beams which allow for brilliant zoom range, flower effect colour quality and smoothness. Find out more from Aarhus Musikhuset at https://musikhusetaarhus.dk/
The Victoria Palace Theatre – London
The Victoria Palace is an iconic name in the London theatre scene. It was purchased and refurbished by Sir Cameron Mackintosh specifically for a production of the record-breaking American musical ‘Hamilton’. A refurbishment totalling £50m worth of work was required to get the venue up and running to top standard for opening night, and a team worked relentlessly to ensure that 61 different theatre areas were all correctly draped in three layers of fabric, including a custom designed and dyed gold rope. Visit the theatre’s website for more information: http://www.victoriapalacetheatre.co.uk/
The Darlington Hippoddrome – Darlington
The Darlington Hippodrome recently contracted J&C Joel to design, manufacture and install a set of awe-inspiring professional drapes in order to create a convincing “bygone era” setting. This project was powered by a £4.5m grant, awarded to the venue to transform and regenerate their beautiful Grade II listed building. The drapes themselves are made from a red luxe velour that meets the BS5867 Part 2 Type B flame retardancy standard, with a front curtain measuring 5.15m metres wide with a drop of 6.30m. Read more about the theatre here https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/
We can’t wait until awards night and to spend the evening (and early hours) with some of the best names, brands and innovators leading the entertainment in technology industry. It will be great to learn more about the projects that have earned themselves mondo*dr awards finalist status and to see what the judging panel makes of the entries too. Well done to all who have been shortlisted for the massive achievement so far!
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