Theatre Projects Lighting and Sound
Theatre Projects was founded in 1957 by Richard with Bryan Kendall in London, as an upstart lighting design and rental company. The company grew. In 1959 sound design, rental and later manufacture was added under David Collison (the world’s first credited sound designer).
Theatre Projects Associates & Theatre Projects Films
In 1963 partnership with Tony Walton and Harold Prince as London producers produced “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in London. This was followed by almost 30 other West End productions including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Company,” “Cabaret,” and “A Little Night Music.”. In the 1970’s TP moved into film and TV production,
Theatre Projects Consultants—part 1
Theatre consulting began in 1959; the National Theatre of Great Britain was a major project that led to TPC working around the world.
The Theatre Projects Group
By the early eighties TP employed over 200 people and was the largest lighting, sound, and audio-visual supplier in Europe. Business over-expansion led to financial crisis and the hardware rental and manufacturing companies were sold. Both lighting and sound activities continue to be successful enterprises under new ownership. (Parts of PRG Europe and BlitzVision).
Theatre Projects Consultants—part 2
In 1988 Richard moved to Ridgefield Connecticut and Theatre Projects Consultants grew across the Americas, as well as world wide, from its original base in London.
The Theatre Projects Trust
For the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA) the Theatre Projects Trust ran the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Training Course in London under the tutelage of Richard’s mentor Robert Stanton from 1965 to 1986.