Stage / Theatre Curtains and Backdrops

Stage curtains and backdrops are an essential part in creating the ‘magic’ of a successful performance space.

Although their basic function is to cloak the front and rear of the stage area, the contribution of stage curtains to creating atmosphere, pleasing aesthetics and good acoustics for performances cannot be understated. Additionally, new technology and creative usage of curtains within a performance no longer see them relegated just to signify the start and end of the performance. For example, traditional curtain backdrops can now be transformed at the touch of a button from a summer meadow scene to a bustling cityscape, using a Custom Group stage projection system. Curtains can be introduced into the mid stage area using a raise and lower system, where for example, sheer curtains can change from virtual transparency to a solid wall of light when flooded with an LED lighting system.

Custom Group Ltd has decades of experience in producing high quality stage curtains and backdrops and curtains for stage and drama areas. Whether you’re a small church hall or a west end theatre, Custom Group Ltd can provide you with a one-stop solution for design, production and installation of curtains for your venue.

  • High quality, bespoke backdrops and stage curtains
  • Made using flame retardant materials compliant with BS5867 part 2 B & C
  • Manual and electronic tracking systems available
  • Full theatre fit-out available including lighting and sound

Manufacture of our Bespoke, Quality Stage / Theatre Curtains

We have extensive experience in the sector and deliver premium curtains to customers across the UK. Stage backdrops and curtains from Custom Group Ltd are all bespoke, made-to-measure to the exact requirements of the performance space.

All of our curtains and backdrops are designed and produced in-house at Custom Group Ltd’s premises in the Midlands. Our highly trained team of Seamstresses have over 40 years experience in the manufacture of stage curtains, which are produced using a combination of traditional methods such as hand sewing right through to the latest sewing machinery.

We understand the difference between a standard curtain and a stage curtain. Our stage curtains are available in a variety of heading specifications which are durable and designed to withstand the excessive weights inherent with this type of curtain. Typical headings have strong webbing sewn to the face cloth, attached to a variety of fixing methods to the track such as ties or sewn on ‘snap on’ hooks. Curtain hems are typically pocketed and contain a chain to weight the curtain down to ensure it drapes perfectly.

Our curtains are made from premium fabric and components sourced from the top UK suppliers. We offer a range of fabrics with different weights, compositions (and thus properties) to suit every type of application. Typical fabrics used for stage areas include traditional velvets, wool serge and polyester based fabrics to suit every budget. There are a wide variety of colours and styles available.

The customer is able to customise each curtain exact to their own requirements. Options include:-

  • Shaped curtains or curtains with cut-out sections
  • Contrasting coloured leading or trailing curtain edges
  • Contrasting coloured bands within the curtain
  • Sewn on trims, fringing, braid and tassles
  • Sewn on appliqués containing writing or logos
  • Matching pelmets and tie backs
  • Multi-layered curtains to enhance the acoustic damping properties of the curtain

Stage Curtain Tracking Systems

Outstanding curtains and stage backdrops need outstanding tracking systems to hang and operate the curtains. We can supply and install a range of stage, divider and perimeter tracking from UK’s top suppliers such as Doughty and Silent Gliss.

We will advise you on the best profile and operation mechanism that suits your performance space. Options range from simple but heavy duty ‘walk along’ tracking systems to electrically operated stage tracking driven by an electric winch. Whichever product you choose, our employed Electrical/Mechanical engineers can professionally install the tracking without the need to involve other contractors, even including the electrics!

Professional Installation of Stage Curtains and Tracking

We employ 8 teams of engineers who are installing curtains and tracking across the UK on a daily basis. Our engineers have the following accreditations/trained:-

  • CRB enhanced checked
  • PASMA and IPAF training relating to the safe use of scaffolds and scissor/boom lifts
  • CSCS health and safety training
  • Asbestos awareness and safe working at height trained
  • Electrical Wiring installed and tested to IEE standards by selected City and Guilds qualified electricians

Our engineers wear full Custom Group uniform and attend site in fully liveried Custom Group vans, which carry a full complement of spares and accessories.

Completely Safe Theatre Curtains and Backdrops

Tragic events such as the Grenfell Tower fire demonstrate the importance of fire prevention in heavily populated buildings. Stage curtains are effectively large swathes of fabric hanging from the ceiling, so it is essential that they are flame retardant – in fact this is a legal requirement for commercial and public spaces. All of the fabrics that we use for our stage and theatre curtains are flame retardant to BS5867 part 2 B & C, the flame retardancy standard for drapery. To pass this standard, fabrics are hung vertically and have to self extinguish when subjected to a horizontal flame source. So staff and visitors to your performance space can relax in the knowledge that your stage curtains will meet all the necessary safety criteria and will be professionally installed by fully trained, employed staff.

Turnkey Theatre Packages

When it comes to stages and theatres, Custom Group is able to fit out your entire theatre or performance space, including staging, lighting and audio equipment. Visit our stage lights page for more information.

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