The Eventim Apollo is one of the UK’s largest original theatres. It first opened in 1932, designed by architect Robert Cromie, and is one of London’s major live entertainment venues. The Apollo has seen some of the finest live entertainers on stage including The Beatles, Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
The stage had not been refurbished since 1980, so a complete stage refurbishment was required with additional custom stage building. Harlequin supplied and installed the nearly 3000 square foot stage and vinyl performance surface.
Harlequin removed the old vinyl, plywood, and original hardwood stage surface. Then the old electrical wiring and Victorian water pipes that were no longer in use had to be taken out before the installation could commence.
A liquid damp proof membrane was applied and layers of fire-retardant ply were placed around the metal conduits that could not be removed. The battens were laid to a laser level to ensure a flat surface and had acoustic isolation pads attached at predetermined centers.
The stairs to both sides of the stage were custom-made to keep the tread distance the same and to make sure the height matched.
The stage surface was finished with a black Harlequin Standfast performance floor, intended for permanent installation. With a slip-resistant surface, Standfast is suitable for multi-purpose and heavy-duty use.
Harlequin also installed a 2-inch strip of white vinyl along the downstage edge of the stage to ensure the safety of the performers as they could see the end of the stage during shows. This was not visible to the audience.
“With such a busy and varied schedule, it was vital for us that we upgraded our stage to the best industry standard. It’s great to know that we now have a stage protected and prepared for the next generation of shows and events here at the Eventim Apollo”.
Josh Clague, Production Manager
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