Historic Water Hydraulic platforms at The Royal Drury Lane Theatre

12th December 2019

During the winter of 2018/2019 Dorothea, Gardiner & Theobold and Unusual Rigging was tasked with the demonstration and removal of the historic machinery. Dorothea started will testing and mobilization of the historic machinery which has not been used for almost a decade to ensure they are complete and factual prior to storage. The London high pressure water mains were no longer available but we were able to pressurize the system to operate the lifts although at a lower pressure resulting in a slight delay before the lifts would react. 

Once demonstrated as can be seen on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=BU05MmbGj5s&feature=emb_logo) the system was finally emptied and the large dismantling and transportation process started. Unusual Rigging installed a large gantry which could be used to lift and transport the large components to the back of the stage for packaging or further dismantling. All small components where placed within secure storage crates ready for loading into large containers. This required an enormous amount of planning, co-coordination which was carried out by Gardiner Theobold to perfection.

Once removed the components will be in temporary storage until a suitable home has been identified.