Theatre Audio, Video, & Lighting Rental

Set the stage with Adlib, your UK partner for Sound, Lighting, Video, and Rigging.

We assist in the planning, delivery, deployment, and operation of all rental gear, ensuring a seamless experience for your theatrical production.

How can we help you?

Join a vast troop of theatres in the UK that lean on our expertise and have already experienced the difference.

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Introduction

Long-term and short-term rental of sound, lighting, video and stage engineering equipment.

We’ll work with your designers and supply an equipment package to their specifications. We’ll ensure everything is packaged correctly, taking into account your touring schedule and the changes you’ll make to the systems along the way.

We can provide as much or as little as you like—from a simple lighting console hire or wireless microphone package to complex arena-size touring systems incorporating all aspects of sound, lighting, video, and rigging.

Regardless of whether it's a dry hire or a supported hire, you get access to the same support and experience as you plan your project.

Get access to over £20m of equipment and a team with 40 years’ experience working in most popular venues across the UK and Europe.

What we can do for you

Personalised equipment packages and expert support to meet all your project needs.

Full technical production encompassing audio, lighting, video, and rigging tailored for touring theatrical performances in venues of all sizes.

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Complete audio services ensuring optimal sound for your touring theatre production, including loudspeaker systems, mixing consoles, wireless microphones, and communication systems for a seamless auditory experience.

Lighting production service providing control, fixtures, atmospheric effects, special effects, followspots, and tracking systems to illuminate the stage and enhance the theatrical ambiance.

Lighting production service providing control, fixtures, atmospheric effects, special effects, followspots, and tracking systems to illuminate the stage and enhance the theatrical ambiance.

With our sound reinforcement rental services, we're here to support theatre productions of all sizes, from arenas to theatres and smaller venues. Whether deploying complete loudspeaker systems or enhancing existing audio setups, we ensure clear speech and dialogue while enabling actors and orchestras to create the required impact.

We supply theatres and theatrical productions with professional audio mixing consoles, stageboxes, and accessories in tour-ready packages. Our mixing consoles come from leading manufacturers, including DiGiCo, Yamaha, and Allen & Heath.

A diverse selection of microphones from leading brands to meet the varied audio requirements of theatre productions. Our range includes lavalieres and headsets for actors, pencil and instrument microphones for the orchestra pit, and hanging mics to capture ambient sounds.

Facilitate smooth teamwork for your theatre production crew with our all-inclusive communication systems packages. These packages not only include headsets, belt packs, power supplies, and accessories but also ensure that your team stays connected and works seamlessly together.

Take charge of your show with our advanced lighting control systems, including lighting desks from top brands like Avolites, ChamSys, MA Lighting, and ETC.

Whether integrated into the set or subtly concealed on stage, our range of lighting fixtures will elevate any theatre production by creating the perfect ambience and lighting effects.

Illuminate your narrative with our diverse range of intelligent or generic lighting fixtures. Whether moving or static, our fixtures are designed to illuminate the stage, set the scene, and effectively manipulate the mood of your theatre production.

Elevate your theatre production with our fantastic selection of smoke, haze, and fan rental packages, specially crafted to help you set the perfect atmosphere for your performance.

Guide your audience with precision using our followspot and tracking systems packages from trusted brands like Robe and Robert Juliat.

Effortlessly move equipment and even the most elaborate scenic elements with precision and ease with our Rigging & Automation services.

We provide theatres and theatrical productions with industry-leading vision mixing and control systems, customised to suit the scale of your show. Partnering with reputable manufacturers like Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, and Ross, we guarantee that the video aspects of your show will be perfectly executed.

Ideal for bringing your audience closer to the action, our IMAG Systems feature LED panels from leading brands such as PixLED, ROE Visual, and Unilumin, as well as Projector & Projection Surfaces from Panasonic and Stumpfl.

Immerse your audience in stunning 4K visuals by capturing your theatrical production with our range of Panasonic and Sony Cameras paired with Canon Camera Lenses. Benefit from using Ross 4K Portable Production Units, capable of handling up to 8 x UHD Camera Channels, for a top-tier filming experience.

Whether you're seeking to incorporate professional projectors into your show or require large-format displays for show relay backstage, we offer a wide selection of Projectors & Displays to kickstart your production.

At Adlib, we provide professional media servers from top brands like Dataton, Disguise, and QLab, empowering your production team to manipulate and control video content in real-time.

Enhance your theatrical production with captivating video content displayed on an LED video wall composed of high-quality panels from ROE Visual, Unilumin, or PixLED.

Our Theatre Rental Team

With over 40 years of rental experience, we help you in creating exceptional theatre shows.

Account Manager

Elliot Tutt

Account Manager

Oli Adams

Senior Project Manager

Jordan Willis

Project Manager

Mike Blundell

Rental Process

Getting it right.

At Adlib, we pride ourselves on providing a seamless and stress-free rental experience. Our process ensures that every detail is taken care of, from the initial enquiry to event execution.

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1.

Your Initial Enquiry

When you express interest in hosting an event, we're here to listen and assist. Our team values open communication and aims to provide a friendly and helpful response to every enquiry.

2.

Gathering Detailed Requirements

Our Account Manager will take the time to understand your specific event needs. We capture every detail accurately through email, phone calls or a meeting online or in person.

3.

Quoting and Iterations

We provide an initial quote and revise it based on your requested changes. Our transparent pricing respects your budget while delivering an exceptional event experience.

4.

Logistics and Coordination

We liaise with the venue to ensure the event setup meets their specifications. Our attention to detail provides a flawless event environment.

5.

Event Delivery

Prior to the event, we finalise agreements, assign technical resources, organise content and schedules, and conduct crew briefings to ensure the event runs smoothly. After the event, we’ll handle any necessary post-event activities.

Our Customers

From arena tours of Elf and Mrs Brown’s Boys, to supporting grassroots theatre productions, theatre is a big part of our history.

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Elf - A Christmas Spectacular

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At Adlib, we recognise the paramount importance of seamless communication and flawless execution in every theatrical production. Our commitment lies in providing top-tier rental solutions that enhance the client experience, allowing them to focus entirely on their creative vision.

Whether you're in need of stage lighting, audio equipment, or specialised AV gear, our dedicated team of experts is poised to deliver tailored rental packages designed to meet the unique demands of each theatrical endeavour.

We work closely with directors, producers, and production teams to understand their specific requirements and provide cutting-edge equipment that seamlessly integrates into their creative space.

With our meticulous planning and attention to detail, clients can rest assured that their rental experience will be smooth, efficient, and conducive to delivering exceptional performances without any distractions.

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Liverpool's Dream

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We’d love to hear
about your project.

At Adlib, we bring over 40 years of industry experience and our in-house team boasts over 100 years of combined theatre expertise. We take pride in delivering industry-leading audio-visual solutions and events all across the country.

As a leading technical provider, we are proud to hold ISO 9001, 14001, and 45001 certifications, which demonstrate our commitment to quality, environmental responsibility, and occupational health and safety.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can you supplement our existing equipment?

We certainly can! With our extensive stock of rental equipment, we can support your one-off events, musical theatre performances, or any theatrical productions. Our audio, lighting, and video kit packages are prepped to seamlessly integrate with your venue's technical specifications. Whether you need additional wireless microphones, RF channels, loudspeakers, lighting fixtures, or AV technology, we can supply a tailored solution to meet your needs and ensure a successful event.

How much will this entire project cost?

We understand that budgeting for a project is an important consideration. The cost of your entire project depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the project, required equipment, customisations, and additional services. To obtain an accurate estimate, we recommend contacting our team directly. By discussing your specific requirements and project details, we can provide a detailed quote that aligns with your budget and ensures a successful outcome. Contact us today to start the conversation and receive a personalised cost estimate for your project.

How do you protect the building from damage?

At our regular venues, we ensure that there is always at least one experienced technician familiar with the site to maintain control and facilitate knowledge transfer. For new venues, we proactively communicate and collaborate with the venue staff to ensure we meet their specific requirements. Any specific instructions or requirements are communicated in detailed briefings to our technicians.

Can you supplement our existing equipment?

We certainly can! With our extensive stock of rental equipment, we can support your one-off events, musical theatre performances, or any theatrical productions. Our audio, lighting, and video kit packages are prepped to seamlessly integrate with your venue's technical specifications. Whether you need additional wireless microphones, RF channels, loudspeakers, lighting fixtures, or AV technology, we can supply a tailored solution to meet your needs and ensure a successful event.

How much will this entire project cost?

We understand that budgeting for a project is an important consideration. The cost of your entire project depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the project, required equipment, customisations, and additional services. To obtain an accurate estimate, we recommend contacting our team directly. By discussing your specific requirements and project details, we can provide a detailed quote that aligns with your budget and ensures a successful outcome. Contact us today to start the conversation and receive a personalised cost estimate for your project.

How do you protect the building from damage?

At our regular venues, we ensure that there is always at least one experienced technician familiar with the site to maintain control and facilitate knowledge transfer. For new venues, we proactively communicate and collaborate with the venue staff to ensure we meet their specific requirements. Any specific instructions or requirements are communicated in detailed briefings to our technicians.

Do you have examples of past events or setups?

We have a portfolio of past events and setups that we have successfully executed in theatres. These examples showcase the range of audio, lighting, and AV solutions we have provided, tailored to each event's specific needs and requirements. You can view examples of our work here or get in touch so that we can give you a better understanding of our capabilities and the quality of our work.

Can you record my event?

Yes, we offer event recording services as part of our audio-visual solutions. Whether it's capturing a live performance, a musical, or any other event in a theatre, our experienced team can provide professional recording equipment and expertise to capture high-quality audio and video footage. Following the recording, we can deliver the footage to your in-house video team or external post-production house, ensuring it is ready for seamless editing and post-production.

Can you help me stream my event?

We provide the equipment and expertise to ensure a smooth, high-quality streaming experience, allowing your audience to participate remotely. From setting up the streaming platform to managing the audio and video feeds, we'll ensure that your event is effectively streamed and reaches a broader audience.

Is my need too small for Adlib?

Whether you require a small mixing desk, a single microphone or a full production, we want to work with you to provide the best solution for your production.

Do you have experience working in listed buildings?

Yes, we have extensive experience installing sound, lighting, and video systems in listed buildings - from Liverpool Cathedral to the Tower of London.

Can we arrange a site visit?

Yes. If you're considering Adlib for your project, we'll want to spend some time with you to look at your space and get to meet your team.

Contact Us

We collaborate with directors, producers, and production teams to meet their unique needs by offering state-of-the-art equipment that seamlessly fits their vision.

Fill in our form, email us at rental@adlib.co.uk or call on +44 (0)151 486 2214

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