Östgöta Theatre - Sweden

Linköping and Norrköping

The theatres in Linköping and Norrköping in Östergötland County, Southeastern Sweden form the Östgötateatern or Östgöta Theatre, Sweden’s largest regional theatre, together with a third stage in Linköping called the Elsas Hus “ung scen/öst” (“young stage”).

Considered the centre of cultural life in the County, the venues within Östgöta Theatre, present 25 productions for audiences of over 100,000 people per year. Working with consultants Runda Idéer AB, TAIT Stage Technologies refurbished the two venues to create a user‐friendly and flexible theatre that could handle a wide variety of performances with quick turnaround times. TAIT Stage Technologies updated the stage equipment in Linköping between July and October 2012, and completed a similar refurbishment on Norrköping in the same time frame in 2013.

Runda Idéer AB’s Karl Runqvist appreciated TAIT Stage Technologies expertise in theatre stating, “TAIT Stage Technologies ability to integrate custom made solutions, such as the much appreciated dead man’s handle assigning panel into the system to suit the needs of these particular theatres was key to making this a successful project.”

Östgöta Theatre
“The staff from TAIT Stage Technologies are not only solution oriented but also have a true understanding of the spirit of theatre.” – Runda Idéer

To modernise these early 1900s venues within Östgöta Theatre for the 21st Century, Linköping and Norrköping were each outfitted with a control system consisting of winches, desk and hydraulic system. The systems included AU:tour 6 control racks, BT2‐290 winches to power fly and lighting bars, chain hoists for lighting bridges, desks, a wireless truck and point hoists. Additionally, TAIT Stage Technologies provided a new safety curtain motor for the theatre in Norrköping. Some elements, including the AU:tour 6 racks and point hoists, were supplied with the intent to share them between the two theatres as required. Each venue also has the ability to rent out some of the kit to third parties.

Östgöta Theatre
“At the end of the project, the two theatres still have all the integrity and traditions of old with the technical ability to take on the technically advanced shows of today.” – Karl Runqvist