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.
The Olivier Theatre - named after Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre - is the largest of the three theatres at the National.
A film introduction the Olivier Theatre's flying system, a vital way of effecting quick scene changes.
The Olivier Theatre is modeled on the ancient Greek amphitheatre at Epidaurus.
The giant drum revolve in the Olivier Theatre is five storeys high and contains several elevators.
Watch the flying system in action.
A timelapse of the fit up process for Timon of Athens in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre.
Jeannette Nelson takes actors through a vocal exploration of the Olivier Theatre.
Paulette Ivory gives us a glimpse of the cast's first opportunity to rehearse on the Olivier stage.
- Commedia dell'arte
- Cottesloe Theatre
- Fight direction
- Five Truths
- Greek Theatre
- Lyttelton Theatre
- NT 50 celebrations
- Olivier Theatre
- Scenic art
- Scenic construction
- Set design
- Stage management
- Special effects
- Stage operations
- The Light Princess filmmaking competition
- Temporary theatre
- Tour the building
- Video projection design
- Walk in the Light