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A Backstage Adventure

Triumph, Disaster and Renewal that changed Stage Lighting and the Shape of Theatre

By Richard Pilbrow

With David Collison

Foreword by Joseph Volpe

Winner of the USITT Golden Pen Award 2013

$49.99. ISBN: 978-0-9834796-0-4. 

Softcover. 486 pages. 500 illustrations. 8.5"x11"


The story of how an upstart enterprise, Theatre Projects, shook up the world of theatre, establishing the professions of lighting and sound design, and theatre consulting in Britain, to become the world's leading theatre design firm. A THEATRE PROJECT takes the reader through the stage door, where he shares the thrills of lighting up the West End and Broadway; of producing in the West End; becoming part of the birth of the National Theatre with Sir Laurence Olivier; and traveling the world as theatre designer.


Richard Pilbrow is a lighting designer, theatre design consultant, and author. He has been a producer of theatre, film, and TV. He was a pioneer of stage lighting in Britain and was retained by Sir Laurence Olivier to be first lighting designer, and then theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. His editions of Stage Lighting and Stage Lighting Design - the Art, the Craft, the Life have been international texts since 1970. Under his leadership, Theatre Projects has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world. Richard lives in Ridgefield CT, USA.

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Adventures and drama backstage—pioneering developments in stage lighting and sound—war stories on the road to Broadway—working with Harold Prince, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, and Paul Newman—thrilling entrepreneurial success—over-expansion brings disaster—struggle for survival and eventual renaissance—circling the globe designing theatres with architectural super-stars such as Frank Gehry—innovation transforming the shape of theatre space world-wide. A THEATRE PROJECT is a spellbinding backstage adventure that will challenge, provoke, entertain, and inspire all who love the magical world of theatre.

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