The charismatic Stora Teatern in Göteborg is one of Sweden’s second largest city’s most active receiving houses, hosting a wide variety of entertainment – bands, theatre and dance shows, comedy and so on.
The theatre has recently taken delivery of its first Robe moving lights – ten ROBIN 800 LEDWashes – which were specified by Joel Karlberg, the venue’s chief lighting technician. They are among the first of this new fixture off Robe’s production line in the Czech Republic.
The spectacular neo-Renaissance building designed by Carl Malmberg was originally opened in 1859, and from 1920 to 1994 used to stage opera, operetta and musical productions. Stora Teatern is run by the City and stages up to two or three shows per week as well as accommodating longer running touring productions sometimes lasting several weeks.
The main stage can be used in two configurations. One is the conventional end-on set up, then, with the addition of a raised platform, a customised traverse format allows performers to be viewed from both sides i.e. front and back of the house.
The new moving lights are part of a major technical upgrade to Stora Teatern’s lighting rig. Karlberg specifically wanted a powerful and flexible wash fixture that was easily portable and movable around the space, and that could be utilised for all their shows.
The theatre had considered LEDs from the outset and initially received a demo of the Robe LEDWash 600s and 1200s from Fredrik Wideman from Bellalite, Robe’s Swedish distributor. However, for the theatre’s very specific needs, Wideman recommended the new LEDWash 800 that was just going into production at the time.
No sooner were the new LEDWash 800s delivered to Stora Teatern than they went straight into action on the main stage for three episodes of Swedish Television’s “En Helkväll med …” (An Evening With) series, featuring three leading Swedish artists – singer Lena Philipsson; massively popular playwright, novelist, comedian & screenwriter Jonas Gardell (also 2012’s current Swede of the Year, Stockholmare of the Year and Gay of the Year) … and country singer Jill Johnson.