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Michael Grandage: ‘Industry needs to be vociferous about proposed EU lighting laws’

Michael Grandage. Photo: Marc Brenner Michael Grandage. Photo: Marc Brenner
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Michael Grandage has become the latest high-profile figure to condemn proposed regulations that threaten the future of stage lighting, calling for the industry to be more “vociferous” about the issue.

The European Union is considering implementing energy efficiency regulations for the sale of lighting fixtures that the industry has warned could have a devastating impact on theatres around the UK.

The director, who was speaking at the opening night of his production Red in the West End, said staging the show would not have been possible if the EU’s new rules were enforced.

“If the legislation goes through, we won’t be able to put plays like this on. We’ve got to remember that what’s behind the legislation is admirable – it’s about making the world greener and better – but what we’ve also got to do is put a very vociferous case about why the theatre world needs to be exempted first and foremost, so that we can have time to develop our own solution,” he told The Stage.

Grandage is one of several leading theatre figures to speak out in opposition to the plans, alongside West End theatre owners Nica Burns and Cameron Mackintosh and top lighting designers Paule Constable and Neil Austin.

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A campaign launched by the Association of Lighting Designers aims to raise awareness of the impact these rules, while the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have estimated that theatres across the UK could face a bill of up to £1 billion.