The lighting design by Ben Cracknell is top class and befitting a West End show. Sunset Boulevard is predominantly dark and moody but suddenly switches instantly into a state of brilliance and much more. The lighting is more than impressive and at times quite breath-taking. From this premiere showing of Curve’s Sunset Boulevard Cracknell appears to be a lighting artist at the top of his game.
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The lights, designed by Ben Cracknell are brilliant from cool eerie shadows to dazzling showbiz bulbs; a clever storyteller and indicator of reality and delusion.
Ben Cracknell’s lighting is wonderfully dynamic, changing the mood with speedy shifts in colour and intensity depending on the location. What this allows for is that the set almost becomes a character in itself, each with its own distinct personality – for example, Norma’s mansion is dark and brooding, lit with sparse spotlights and candles.
Colin Richmond’s design, a fabulous staging zooming in one minute on Norma’s over-the-top residence complete with grand staircase to a film studio lot the next………is beautifully complemented by Ben Cracknell’s lighting design
The production maintains a sense of old Hollywood glamour. This is further emphasised by Ben Cracknell’s lighting design, which is full of glorious brightness and warmth, and serves to increase the filmic aspect of the production design
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Colin Richmond’s expansive and clever design – eloquently lit by Ben Cracknell
Technically it’s spot-on too. Adrian Kirk’s 16-piece orchestra is glorious, as are Tom Marshall’s sound, Ben Cracknell’s cinematic lighting and Colin Richmond’s clever set, again blurring the boundaries between film set and reality.
Producer : Curve in association with Michael Harrison & David Ian
Director : Nikolai Foster
Choreographer : Lee Proud
Set Designer : Colin Richmond
Video Designer : Douglas O’Connell
Sound Designer : Tom Marshall
Lighting Programmer : Sarah Brown
Assistant Lighting Designer : Charlotte Burton
Production Electrician: Tom Johnson