Since their beginnings in 1976, the Olivier Awards have been the must-see event in theatre universe; an appraisal and celebration that is the gold standard throughout the industry
In 2017, the awards moved to the Royal Albert Hall from their previous home in the Royal Opera House, and we were very pleased to be awarded the audio supplier contract.
Delta’s Stephen Hughes was the Sound Designer and Project Manager for the show, which saw the iconic “Larry’s” handed over to the great and good of the performing arts world. The evening was underscored with the BBC Concert Orchestra and saw cast performances from many of the leading lights on the West End Stage – School of Rock, Dream girls, The Red Shows, Groundhog Day, Jesus Christ Superstar and, to open the show (with Gary Barlow and Tim Firth), The Girls.
As the set design for this event transformed the room into a truly wondrous space, a completely new PA design was created to consider the thrust of the performing stage. With a split Orchestra and Vocal PA system, over 142 boxes of EM Acoustics HALO-C were used in the air and on the ground to ensure that everywhere was covered perfectly.
Around sixty ways of Shure UHF-R radio mics were in use, along with over 120 microphones for orchestra and music. FOH balance was handled by Paul Stannering on a DiGiCo SD7, with Delta’s Griff Hewis as no.2 FOH looking after the playback and comms. Monitors were on a DiGiCo SD5, both SD5 and SD7 utilised the recent Core 2 upgrades to their full potential.
Hughes comments “This is easily one of the most ambitious productions we’ve been involved with at the Royal Albert Hall, in terms of complexity and pressure in getting it right first time. I’m happy to say that Delta, aided by a first-class team of regular freelancers, ensured that the audio for the night went without a hitch.
Next year we should aim to sponsor a ‘Best Sound Design award” , you never know we might be in the running!”