The Olivier Theatre's flying system

Running time: 1.06mins

Film maker Mike Marriage

A theatre's flying system is a vital way of effecting quick scene changes, as the fly tower can store large pieces of set and then lower them down on to the stage very quickly. Traditional flying systems (like the one in the Lyttelton) use a series of bars, but the individually controllable point hoists in the Olivier give Automation Manager Jamie Taylor considerably more options to play with.

Olivier Theatre

The Olivier Theatre - named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre - is the largest of the three theatres at the National.