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BY CANDLELIGHT Sabbatini’s dimming mechanism, 1638 “Theatre Lighting before Electricity,” Frederick Penzel, 1978 (CIBSE Heritage Group Collection) Movable footlights, Theatre Royal Ipswich “Theatre & Playhouse,” Richard & Helen Leacroft 1984 (CIBSE Heritage Group Collection)

BY CANDLELIGHT - CIBSE Heritage Group · Lighting the footlights, possibly Theatre Royal Ipswich (Leacroft) Candle footlights at the Comedie Italienne 1772 “World Theatre,” Bamber

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  • BY CANDLELIGHT

    Sabbatini’s dimming mechanism, 1638

    “Theatre Lighting before Electricity,” Frederick Penzel, 1978

    (CIBSE Heritage Group Collection)

    Movable footlights, Theatre Royal Ipswich “Theatre & Playhouse,”

    Richard & Helen Leacroft 1984 (CIBSE Heritage Group Collection)

  • Red Bull Theatre, 1672, believed to be the first illustration

    of the use of footlights on an English stage (Penzel)

    Used as a Christmas Card design by CIBSE Heritage Group

    in support of the CIBSE Benevolent Fund

  • Footlights in a trough 1749 (Penzel)

    Lighting the footlights, possibly Theatre Royal Ipswich (Leacroft)

  • Candle footlights at the Comedie Italienne 1772

    “World Theatre,” Bamber Gascoigne, 1968

  • Candle wall sconces in use for a production of Hamlet, 1709 (Penzel)

  • Lighting the candles in a theatre (lowtechmagazine.com)