Stage Machinery – Revolves / Lifts


  • London – The National Theatre – The Olivier Theatre (see below)
  • London – The Coliseum – the first theatre in England to have a triple revolve

Drum Revolve – Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London

Discussion between Richard Pilbrow and Richard Brett (of Theatre Projects) about the installation of the Drum Revolve at the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre

Drum Revolve in operation (time-lapse) during His Dark Materials

See also

Victorian Hydraulic Bridges at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Installed in the London venue second hand after the Vienna Opera House no longer had use for them, the bridges are still in situ, and are protected by English Heritage. Any show that needs to remove them has to pay for their dismantling and reinstatement (and testing). The video below is from a test in 2010, following the removal of the bridges after Oliver!.
More information about the Drury Lane Bridges: Hydraulic lifts at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane



Handy Tips:
Turntable / Revolve: One of the most worthy turntable tips is not to mount the wheels on the turntable, but mount them upside down on the floor so that the turntable rides on them. That way debris can’t gather on them and bring the turntable to a sudden crunching halt. 🙂
(Thanks to Clive Mitchell)