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The Grid and early Windlasses at the Harold Pinter Theatre, formerly the Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, in September 2009

In September 2009 the Harold Pinter Theatre, then called the Comedy Theatre, was still a Hemp House and the original wooden grid was still in place, and it still retained much of its early flying equipment which was constructed by stage carpenters probably about 50 years after the Theatre was built. These wooden windlasses, removed in 2011, were a rare survivor in British Theatres and a fascinating insight into how scenery was flown in the past.

The Grid at the Comedy Theatre. in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

Early flying equipment at the Comedy Theatre in September 2009 - Photo M.L.

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