Vital works have been carried out on stage equipment in the Lyttelton and Olivier theatres to better equip them for the technical demands of modern productions and meet the ambitions of designers and directors.

The Lyttelton’s manual flying equipment has been replaced with an automated system, which can lift the heavier pieces of scenery used in contemporary stage design, and its original hydraulic stage lifts have been updated with a modern electrical system.

In the Olivier Theatre, the original power-flying system has been refurbished, and over-stage lighting equipment replaced to enable lighting designers to create even more dazzling lighting schemes.