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MA Lighting, the PLASA Show and The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company, based in Stratford Upon Avon

The 2010 PLASA Show was again a huge success for MA Lighting and it’s co-exhibitors MAJOR and Rainbow Colour Changers.
The new grandMA2 software release 2.0, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) and the whole networking technology of MA Lighting, including the MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) achieved much praise.

MA Lighting’s Managing Director Michael Althaus summarized: “We received a massive interest in grandMA2 especially from theatres in the UK, They do in particular benefit from the latest grandMA2 software release 2.0 and were interested to find out themselves, why a remarkable number of theatres, among them the Royal Shakespeare Company opted for these future oriented control system.”

"In recent years MA Lighting has collected extensive information from the theatre market and the whole product design of the grandMA2 was heavily influenced by this feedback. Our development team have worked very hard on achieving the best results”, Althaus continues, ”Looking at the most recent software release, 2.0, we have added a multitude of new functionality to make life easier for operators in all situations. And, we will never stop improving our system. “

This was just one of the key facts for Vince Herbert from the The Royal Shakespeare Company, based in Stratford Upon Avon, to chose grandMA2 as their new lighting control system. “Following exhaustive tests of all the possible options grandMA2 was the platform for us”, says Vince. "With the future demands on lighting and visual control being so potentially complex we needed a desk that could evolve and grow over many years - a pedigree that has been proven in grandMA series 1, that the software will add functionality and features for a very long time to come. We have already used grandMA2 on one of our productions with excellent results."

Supplied by Stage Electrics the 6 x grandMA2 light consoles and 2 x MA NPU (Network Processing Units) will connect to the installation easily and swiftly allowing the lighting team to get on with the task of lighting the high quality shows that the RSC is world renowned for.

Find out more on the RSC and MA lighting’s dedication to theatres in the latest edition of the MA Lighting grandMAgazine that can be found online at



About MA Lighting International

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned grandMA control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA/grandMA2 consoles, the popular Lightcommander and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA Video Processing Unit (VPU) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.
Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers 25 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.


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