Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the glitz and glamour of the Royal Albert Hall stage?
Ever wanted to go under the stage and discover how productions are created?
Getwestlondon were invited through the stage doors to take a peek at what goes on behind the scenes.
The Royal Albert Hall has certainly been a jewel in London's crown since it was built 146 years ago.
More than 1.7 million people pass through the doors every year enjoying shows from artists from around the world.
Stars who have graced the famous stage include Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey, Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Adele the list really does go on.
Even Winston Churchill stood up in front of a crowd on the stage, with his first televised public address.
We spoke to Head of Programming and Corporate Partnerships, Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami.
He said: "The Royal Albert Hall was opened in 1871 as part of The Great Exhibition, it's a registered charity and still is the vision of Prince Albert as a central hall of arts and sciences to bring to the people of London and beyond."
As we ventured through the stage doors and behind the scenes, it's a world away from life in the spotlight on the stage.
Everything has a purpose, with trolleys set for props and an intricate rig above the stage to facilitate tricky productions, like the current show, Cirque du Soleil, where a unique under the stage world has been created to facilitate the production's needs.
The hall plays host to just under 400 shows a year, seats more than 5,000 people and has a whopping 14 dressing rooms.
Mehdi said the backstage operations are vital.
"It's so important, we have a whole team in house that work very very tirelessly to put the shows together," he said.
"It's working around the clock, 24-hours, you've got shows loading in first thing in the morning and then loading out on the early hours and it's constantly, constantly happening backstage."
In just four years time, the hall will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary, and it appears preparations are already underway.
"It's all confidential for now" said Mehdi.
"But we are all ready gearing up and we're thinking about lots of different ideas, but we do want to go big."
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