Phantom of the Opera - World Tour


Client: Pearl on Tour LLC

Date: 2018

Location: Worldwide




We were approached by the technical design team to re-imagine a range of special effect moments within the iconic show that would maintain the wow factor but not involve any heat, flame or pyro to make touring the show easier and safer in a variety of complex worldwide territories. This brief was even more challenging given how well established the existing effects were and any new solutions needed to maintain the creative look and feel of the show without losing impact. In addition, the stage was a touring construction, so the proposed systems needed to seamlessly integrate with the existing tech and be rapidly set-up and struck during site relocations with minimal setup and de-rig time.


Technical Solution


Our team prototyped a variety of alternatives to existing hardware, rapidly producing working prototypes for review by all creative, technical and commercial stakeholders. The ability to quickly communicate our proposed systems with video was hugely valuable to the production given the musical was well established and a re-design was moving them into unfamiliar territory.


With creative sign-off we worked closely with the technical team to offer a fully integrated solution to include the special effects machines ‘built-in’ a bespoke stage mounting system which also accommodated lighting fixtures. Luminous devised a fit-for-purpose control solution which would feed into the existing front-of-house system, but with added safety features to prevent accidental set off.


We produced 3D renders of the products so we could do some FMEA of the load bearing stage plates of our build to ensure the safe movement of heavy-duty props. We devised a fast and efficient mounting system to work within the very limited stage void that could be fitted by a single technician and supplied 2D technical drawings for all these systems. A compressed manufacturing timeline meant we had to build all the hardware in just 2 weeks and ship to the technical rehearsal site in New York. A Luminous technician was dispatched to fit the products, commission and provide training to touring staff. When the touring show went live, we continued to provide technical support to technicians on the ground until they were confident in delivering the show daily.




2D and 3D drafting, FMEA, Prototyping, Metalwork, laser cutting, product assembly, hydraulics hose and fittings, Special Effects design, Installation, Control and automation.