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Photo: Carlo Van Tichelen
Photo: Carlo Van Tichelen

Albert 1 was a new and ambitious musical produced by Simon de Merode and staged around and on a series of pontoons floating on the moat of the magnificent old Westerlo Castle in Belgium, which has been the family seat of the House of Merode for over five centuries.

Lighting designer Michel Jacobs – who enjoys lighting off-beat and idiosyncratic shows and interesting site-specific works – was asked to light the production which played to 1850 people a night, sold out for over two weeks. He chose a completely Robe moving light rig to give the flexibility needed to deal with the challenges of the location and the complexity of the production - 20 x Robe BMFL Blades as the main fixtures.

The musical followed the story of Belgium’s hugely popular "King Soldier” Albert 1 from his accession to the throne in 1909 to his untimely - and some claim mysterious - death in 1934 aged 58 in a mountaineering accident at Marche-les-Dames. Simon de Merode is also a prince in real life and a member of the Merode family, one of five dynasties that has dominated the Belgian high aristocracy from the 14th century onwards. Since 2006 he has assumed responsibility for the renovation and upkeep of the fantastic Westerlo Castle heritage site.

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Date : 17-11-2016


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