GL events is playing a part in the festivities at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, where the event hire specialist has installed comfortable, cushioned temporary audience seating and high-specification temporary staging in support of a new, world-class live production.

The Imperial Ice Stars are the cream of Russia’s champion ice-skaters, whose athletic feats are normally only performed in Olympic arenas. Following several world tours, their dazzling production of The Nutcracker on Ice debuted at the 10th annual Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in November, becoming an instant highlight at the six-week festive event, which takes place in the heart of the capital.

GL events’ seating division, which specialises in temporary theatre, was appointed to install temporary event seating and erect a temporary stage by Southby Productions, a provider of bespoke technical services for the live events industry. In support of the show, which marked the start of a new event production partnership, GL events provided:

  • More than 800 cushioned theatre seats arranged in three easy-access, fully carpeted blocks
  • 90 additional flat-floor seats, complete with plush cushions, in its deepest black colourway
  • A disabled-access platform and ramp, allowing access and a great view for wheelchair users

In addition to its premium temporary theatre seating, GL events constructed a temporary stage which was compatible with the event’s performance ice rink. Its crew of 18 personnel completed the installation in just one day, working around the build schedules of numerous projects taking place at the Wonderland, manoeuvring three articulated lorries through the busy city centre and taking into account the Hyde Park management team’s various operational requirements.

Within the theatre, GL events’ modular performance seating and temporary show staging were complimented by  video-playback on an LED wall, special effects, and audio , provided by Southby Productions on behalf of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions who are producing the show at the event. James Southby, Director at Southby Productions, commented: “This highly anticipated performance of The Nutcracker on Ice takes place within one of the world’s most popular Winter Wonderland events, with between four and six shows staged every day throughout the six week period.

“It was essential to deliver a high quality, beautiful event, which would deliver an immersive, intimate experience while coping with the demands of intense audience footfall. With support from GL events, we have been able to achieve all that we could have hoped for. The event is receiving five star reviews and has been incredibly successful.”