Grand Master

The Grand Master was an early electric stage lighting control system, using resistance dimmers and mechanical operation via levers, wheels, shafts and gears.

As a part of my research, I have created a ‘virtual’ (software) Grand Master, that you can download to see how the original control system worked – see this page.

Adrian Redmond was the Chief Electrician at the New Theatre, Oxford, UK, in the final year of operation of that theatre’s Grand Master, and oversaw its replacement with a Strand MMS system in 1975. Adrian offers some recollections of working with the Grand Master, and of theatre life generally at the time.