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DID YOU KNOW? J&C Joel’s Case Studies

  • RENT, The Musical, UK

    J&C Joel was approached by the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, to build, paint and deliver the full scenic package for RENT the Musical.  Hope Mill is a converted mill building on the outskirts of central Manchester, which is now an intimate 150 seat theatre. The space has many obstacles, with old pipework and ducting to consider and minimal load-in space.  This …

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  • Garrick Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by Nimax Theatres Ltd to produce new Front of House drapes for Garrick Theatre, London. The theatre, which opened in 1889, is named after David Garrick who was considered the most influential Shakespearean actor of his time. In its early years, Garrick Theatre specialised in the performance of melodrama; today the theatre is a receiving house …

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  • Middlesbrough Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by Middlesbrough Theatre to produce a pair of striking Front of House drapes for the venue. Middlesbrough Theatre, formerly the Little Theatre, is a 486-seat playhouse in the Tees Valley. J&C Joel used their fabric Countess Velvet in the colour marine (VEL010) to support the existing blue colour scheme of the theatre and add a bright, luxurious …

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  • Perth Theatre, Scotland

    When Perth Theatre underwent a huge restoration, they called upon J&C Joel to provide a full drapery package and carry out a complete overhaul of their stage engineering facilities. Perth Theatre is one of Scotland’s oldest and best-loved repertory theatres. The current Grade B listed building was constructed in 1900 and is run as a producing theatre by Horsecross, who …

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  • Leicester Square Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel manufactured and supplied curtains and tracks within the main auditorium at Leicester Square Theatre. Located in the heart of the West End, Leicester Square Theatre is one of London’s leading comedy venues and is renowned for its cabaret, music and theatre performances. The 400 seat theatre required curtains which could close off portions of the seats when hosting …

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  • Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

    J&C Joel was approached by the Epstein Theatre to upgrade the stage engineering in the venue. In 1997 after a £1.2m refurbishment, the Neptune Theatre situated in the heart of Liverpool has renamed the Epstein Theatre, in honour of the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. The Epstein Theatre is a traditional hemp house with a wooden grid. A specific requirement of …

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  • Royal Festival Hall Auditorium, UK

    J&C Joel was asked to improve the acoustics in The Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank Centre. The Royal Festival Hall is one of the world’s leading venues, playing host to performances ranging from operatic and philharmonic works to poetry recitals and sets from contemporary chart-topping performers. To ensure that the acoustics within the Royal Festival Hall’s Auditorium were …

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  • London Coliseum, Home of ENO, UK

    J&C Joel were contracted to take part in a major, historically accurate refurbishment of one of the world’s most iconic venues, the London Coliseum. Home of the English National Opera, the work carried out by J&C Joel, who are experts in the refurbishment of theatres designed by prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham, was part of the biggest refurbishment of the …

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  • Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, South Africa.

    Working alongside System Solutions South Africa, J&C Joel, installed a range of mechanical equipment and stage dressings at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, South Africa. Based in the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre serves the University’s drama department and also stages independently produced dramatic performances, musical concerts, corporate functions, and various arts festivals. J&C Joel manufactured …

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  • Africa Hall, Sharjah

    J&C Joel was proud to provide their stage engineering and drapery services at Africa Hall, Sharjah. Sharjah’s newly built Africa Hall serves as a venue for conferences, lectures, film screenings and stage plays related to activities of the ‘Africa Institute’, as well as, providing a meeting place for the larger community of Sharjah and the UAE. J&C Joel began by …

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  • Cast, Doncaster

    Working with Centre Stage Engineering, who performed the installation, J&C Joel was able to create an outstanding and unique pair of Front of House curtains along with side and header panel covers for Cast, Doncaster. Within the auditorium, the Front of House curtains were manufactured from custom dyed plum IFR Sowerby Velvet (VEL705) and lined with black IFR lining (LIN110). …

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  • Taibhdhearc Theatre, Ireland

    Working with its premier Republic of Ireland dealer Stage Lighting Centre, J&C Joel supplied and installed new stage equipment into the newly refurbished 148-seater Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway. The theatre, now a listed building, was founded in 1928 by Michael Mac Liammoir and Hilton Edwards on invitation from a local committee, many of whom were academics in University College Galway, …

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  • Caudan Arts Centre, Mauritius

    J&C Joel designed, supplied and installed a range of their stage engineering services and drapery solutions to the Caudan Arts Centre. The works were carried out working with ARUP UK theatre consultants and the main contractor General Construction Company from Mauritius. The Caudan Arts Centre, Mauritius, is a landmark Arts and Conference venue perfect for a range of events from …

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  • E-DA World Theme Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    J&C Joel provided the drapery package for the Royal Theatre within E-DA World theme park, Taiwan. The theme park is Taiwan’s largest recreational tourist park and attracts more than five million visitors each year. Lin Yi-Shou, the founder of the E-United Group, which owns the attraction, aims to build E-DA World into “Taiwan’s Disneyland”, and as such the park offers …

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  • Kwai Tsing, Hong Kong

    J&C Joel was asked by the Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong, to provide removal and disposal services for their existing chain hoist system and install new replacement equipment. Kwai Tsing Theatre is a major performance space located in Kwai Fong, it opened in November 1999 and has an 899-seat auditorium, as well as, a black box which can hold a …

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  • World of Yamaha, Johannesburg

    The World of Yamaha in Johannesburg opened with a lavish ceremony attended by local celebrities and included performances by rock band Prime Circle and world-renowned pianist Peter Baartmans on a stage dressed by J&C Joel. The World of Yamaha is the home of Yamaha in Gauteng and is a huge marketing complex displaying the complete product range of one of …

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  • Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

    The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton has reopened its doors after a multi-million-pound refurbishment including a new drapery package provided by J&C Joel. In a rapid 16-week turnaround the UK’s largest regional theatre was restored to its former glory with a complete face-lift including being completely repainted with a new red and gold colour scheme. As part of the £7.5 million …

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  • Darlington Hippodrome, England

    J&C Joel were instructed to design, manufacture and install a full drapery package for the newly refurbished Darlington Hippodrome. The brief was simple; to design, manufacture and install a set of opulent drapes, finished with complimentary trimmings, that would give the aesthetic of a bygone era. Darlington Civic Theatre received a £4.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to …

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  • Victoria Palace Theatre, London

    J&C Joel designed, manufactured and installed a series of ornate and decorative swags and curtains together with custom trimmings throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre. The theatre was purchased and refurbished by Sir Cameron Mackintosh specifically to house record breaking American musical Hamilton. The £50m refurb restored the venue beyond its former glory making it one of the jewels in the …

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  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    J&C Joel carried out a refurbishment of the existing stage engineering solutions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is one of the top tertiary institutions committed to playing a key role in higher education in Hong Kong. J&C Joel refurbished an existing counterweight system by replacing the rope locks, ropes, all of the 5mm steel cable, head …

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  • MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

    On the back of their successful installation of SkyDeck at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, J&C Joel, were commissioned to design, manufacture and install a circus tent at the Hollywood-inspired theme park. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, a ground-breaking $2.86 billion multi-theme park complex, which has become the city’s hottest new attraction. At more than 25 million sq ft …

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  • Abbey Theatre, Ireland

    Working with its premier Republic of Ireland dealer, Stage Lighting Centre, J&C Joel supplied and installed a Zetex fire curtain to the main rigid safety curtain at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. As with many traditional theatres the original safety curtain material had a certain level of asbestos located within its composition. To do this the safety curtain had to …

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  • Clydebank Town Hall, Scotland

    During the refurbishment of Clydebank Town Hall in West Dunbartonshire, it was found that the Front of House track and screen system had perished and required major remedial works, therefore J&C Joel carried out installation and safety checks throughout the hall. The Town Hall was built in 1902 and is now category A listed building. It was refurbished to create an …

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  • Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

    Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre is one of the city’s landmark buildings and has played host to some of the biggest names in theatre and show business over past century. The theatre completed the first stage of a major renovation, including a complete refurbishment of the theatre’s Front of House Curtains and curtains dressing the royal boxes. The theatre’s grand Front of House …

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  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

    J&C Joel were approached to manufacture new custom dyed Front of House curtains for Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal Nottingham is one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. At nearly 150 years old, the Theatre Royal still offers an exciting and diverse programme including major touring drama, opera, ballet and contemporary dance alongside blockbuster West End …

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  • Hippodrome Theatre, London

    The Hippodrome Theatre situated in London’s Leicester Square was designed by the renowned Architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1900. In 2010, work started on converting the auditorium into a casino and the stage area into a cabaret space to be called the Matcham Theatre. In 2012, working with Centre Stage Engineering Ltd, J&C Joel manufactured a highly decorative valance and stage curtains …

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  • Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

    Oslo Concert Hall is Oslo’s music festive hall which opened in 1977 and has since become one of the most important institutes for music and culture in Norway. Working with AVAB CAC AS, J&C Joel manufactured and installed five custom dyed Austrian drapes made from IFR Sowerby Velvet (VEL700). The bespoke royal blue curtains were installed into the main hall which has a …

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  • Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

    A 27-way manual counterweight system was installed on for the main stage. A full stage depth counterweight wall frame was manufactured and installed capable of accommodating up to 37 counterweight sets. Each of the five-line manual single counterweight sets can be operated from either the fly or stage levels and due to the theatre’s height restrictions the front five counterweights are double …

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  • Harrogate Theatre

    Opened in January 1900, the Harrogate Theatre is among the grandest theatres in North Yorkshire and its stage has played host to some of the most iconic names in theatre. Today the venue is as busy as it has ever been and the stage management team required a modern flying system to keep up with the theatre’s programme. J&C Joel’s projects department …

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  • Sunderland Empire

    J&C Joel manufactured a bespoke Front of House curtain and pelmet to mark the centenary of one of the grandest theatres in the north of England, the Sunderland Empire. Manufactured from luxurious custom dyed true red Heavy Velvet Velour (VEL117) and adorned with gold tassels and appliqué work, the front of house tabs are befitting of their grand surroundings. The pair of fully lined …

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  • Concert Hall, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

    Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore awarded J&C Joel the project of replacing the acoustic curtains to the Concert Hall in 2011. The project was undertaken over the Christmas break and finished early 2012. The project was completed in record time, due to the venues near 95% occupancy, thus allowing a small window for the installation. This had to be met …

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  • Grand Theatre, Blackpool

    J&C Joel, specialists in the restoration of period theatres designed by legendary architect Frank Matcham, were the obvious choice to carry out the refurbishment of the Grand Theatre in Blackpool – one of the UK’s most iconic and best loved venues. The 1,100 capacity theatre was the first venue designed by Frank Matcham to be built using cantilever technology to remove the need …

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  • Theatre Royal, Norwich

    J&C Joel’s Glitter Cloth fabric made its stage debut at the Theatre Royal in Norwich, UK, where it gave a truly sparkling performance. J&C Joel supplied 1.4 metres of blue Glitter Cloth (GLI041) to the Theatre Royal’s production department, which was used to great effect in the dressing of a prop dragon for a stage show. Glitter Cloth is a heavyweight cotton-backed …

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  • Palace Theatre, Redditch, UK

    J&C Joel installed a fabulous pair of Front of House Curtains with matching pelmet, stage skirt and other associated drapery as part of a £4million refurbishment to the Palace Theatre in Redditch. Built in 1913, the Grade II listed building was designed by seminal British theatre architect Bertie Crew and is a major receiving house for touring shows. The aim of the refurbishment was …

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  • Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds, UK

    J&C Joel installed 49 acoustic roller banner units in the Apex Centre, Bury St Edmunds multi purpose community venue. The adjustable roller banners allow the Apex’s technical staff to alter the venue’s acoustics to complement any performance. The acoustic panels consist of cognac Wool Serge (WS011) bonded to black Premier Wool Serge (WS090) and are ideal for reducing sound reverberation in the performance …

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  • Royal Opera House, Muscat

    J&C Joel were commissioned, by order of H.M the Sultan of Oman, to provide the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) with a variable acoustic environment, custom-built motorised Diamond Track and a full complement of stage curtains and drapes. The ROHM is Oman’s flagship venue for classical music and the arts and is only the second opera house to be built in the Middle East. …

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  • Albert Halls, Bolton

    J&C Joel’s Joelflex Stretch and Joelflex Carpet took centre stage at the Albert Halls, in Bolton, when it was used to dress the set for the playhouse’s production of the classic Mel Brooks satirical musical, The Producers. Red unbonded Joelflex Stretch (JFF012) was used to form an on-stage proscenium arch that framed the play’s “Springtime for Hitler” scene. The set, belonging to …

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  • Leeds Grand Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel were delighted when they were approached by Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House to create new unique, appliqued Front of House drapes and pelmet. The Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House was built in 1878 and now plays host to a wide variety of performances ranging from dance, drama, comedy and musicals, including touring West End shows. The …

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  • Broadway Theatre, Macau

    J&C Joel was awarded to contract for designing, supplying and installing all the theatrical rigging systems for the Broadway Theatre at the new Broadway Macau. J&C Joel worked directly with the project  management team to provide rigging equipment, rigging control systems and drapery throughout the entire Broadway Theatre. On this project we undertook full design, supply and installation on all …

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  • The Venetian Hotel Resort, Macau

    J&C Joel recently designed, manufactured and installed a stunning 21m x 20 m Festoon system in the Venetian Casino in Macau. We were engaged directly by the casino owners to provide the House Curtain, Valance, Legs and Festoon system. The front of house drape manufactured from our 520g/m2 Heavy Velvet Velour and each of the swagged panels measured 1m in …

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