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Mike Hume’s Historic Theatre Photography


So how did this website come about?


Mike comes from a unique background combining technical theatre with architectural photography and spanning multiple countries.


Here is the story behind Historic Theatre Photos.

Radio City Music Hall, New York: 2005 Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall, New York: 2005 Christmas Spectacular

Mike’s interest in technical theatre sprang from his father’s role as Stage Manager with the critically-acclaimed Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Edinburgh Link opens in new window, staging annual shows at Edinburgh’s historic Edwardian-era King’s Theatre.

Yearly trips to see the King’s Pantomime, featuring Scottish legends such as Stanley Baxter, Una McLean, Russell Hunter, Allan Stewart, Jimmy Logan, Rikki Fulton, Walter Carr, and Johnny Beattie, always included a backstage visit after the show to meet the cast and to see the set, scenery painting, props, lighting, and special effects from the other side of the curtain. All this firmly fixed Mike on a path to pursue his interest in theatre lighting design, set construction, and production management.

Through his relationship with the staff at the King’s Theatre Mike met renowned UK Lighting Designer Francis Reid, and sat-in on plotting sessions led by Mr Reid for future pantomimes, further assuring Mike’s interest in a career in technical theatre.

Belasco Theatre, Los Angeles: Balcony
Belasco Theatre, Los Angeles: Balcony

Mike won a place on Scottish Youth Theatre’s Link opens in new window summer school of 1991, and over the following years lit several productions for both Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) and XSYT Productions, the latter being an offshoot of SYT producing shows with SYT alumni. This included lighting productions for actors such as Brian Cox Link opens in new window and Blythe Duff Link opens in new window, in addition to XSYT being invited to bring a show to Stratford-upon-Avon with Mike designing lighting for the critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company Link opens in new window.

Additionally in the 1990s, Mike worked multiple summer seasons with the National Youth Music Theatre Link opens in new window (NYMT) both at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Link opens in new window and in the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Theatre, featuring the largest stage in the UK at the time, for NYMT’s flagship production “Pendragon”, filmed by the BBC.

As a direct result of his involvement with XSYT and lighting shows in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the late 1990s Mike was nominated to light a pre West End production of “Jesus, My Boy” starring renowned UK actor Tom Conti Link opens in new window. Mike’s lighting and stage projection design was carried-over to the limited-run West End production.

Fox Theater Bakersfield: Auditorium From Stage
Fox Theater Bakersfield: Auditorium From Stage

In the 2000s Mike continued to light productions for leading theatre companies in Edinburgh, and for many years was Production Manager for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Edinburgh Link opens in new window in addition to co-designing their sets.

Since 2010 Mike has been based in Los Angeles as an IT professional with over 25 years experience working in Australia, North America, the UK, and Europe. Mike most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at KCC LLC Link opens in new window (a division of Australia-based company Computershare Link opens in new window), and currently advises IT startups on the US West Coast.

Mike earned his degree in Computer Science with Honors, from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University Link opens in new window, and is recognized as a Chartered IT Professional by the UK Engineering Council Link opens in new window and has the distinction of being a Fellow of the British Computer Society Link opens in new window.

Paramount Theatre, Austin: Chandelier
Paramount Theatre, Austin: Chandelier

Mike has served as a photographer and docent with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) Link opens in new window since 2016, and as of January 2018 is a Board Director of the LAHTF, playing an integral part in preserving and protecting Los Angeles County’s historic theatres for now and for future generations. Mike is also a frequent photographer for, and member of, the Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window – the largest membership-based historic preservation organization in the United States.

In addition to his background in technical theatre and stage design, Mike is passionate about historic theatres and photography. You can view some of Mike’s favorite non-theatre photography over on Flickr Link opens in new window.

Mike has combined is passions of theatre, photography, history, and preservation into this website: Historic Theatre Photos.

You can view a complete archive of all Mike’s technical theatre work at theatre.mikehume.com Link opens in new window.

In addition to this website, Historic Theatre Photos is also on Instagram Link opens in new window, Facebook Link opens in new window, and Twitter Link opens in new window.

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