Theatre and Stage Curtain types
There are many types of stage and theatre curtains that we have available for hire but here are the four most popular:
Overlap, Traverse or Traveller
The traveller or bi-parting curtain is the most commonly used style and more than likely one that you are familiar with. It comprises of two sections suspended from a track, which open and close from the centre to off-stage. It has 50-100% fullness and is generally manufactured in velvet when used as a front curtain.
Tableau Stage Curtains
This curtain is pleated or gathered with swags produced by sewing rings on the back of each curtain diagonally from the lower on-stage edge to the upper off-stage edge. A cable or line threaded through the ring lifts the curtains open. Heavier curtains may need motorised rigging.
Festoon or Austrian Theatre Curtains
These opulent curtains have vertical and horizontal fullness sewn into the pleated swags. Raised evenly by multiple vertical lift lines between each pleat, they are usually made from ornate fabrics to give a luxurious grand opera house look.
Looks like a simple pleated curtain when closed and offers a choice of lifts. Raising all the vertical lift lines gives a scalloped bottom edge; adjusting the lift in some lines gives a more elaborate opening.
Kabuki Theatre Curtain Hire
Kabuki curtain ( Drop stage curtain ) is a special effect used in theatre and special events in which a lightweight fabric or banner is dropped quickly from above to reveal or conceal a product, space, or performers. The single Kabuki drop consists of either a hidden curtain dropping in in front or around subject, or a curtain dropping to the floor so to reveal the subject. The double Kabuki have two process which begins hidden curtain above, 1st dropping in in front or around subject counselling it. 2nd releases the curtain goes the floor for the unveiling.
Stage and Theatre Curtain Fabric hire
Off the shelf drape hire fabrics. We hold a huge stock of ready made, off the shelf drapes for hire, they come in many sizes and in a variety of fabrics:
- Black wool serge and black out stage curtain hire
- Velvet theatre curtains
- Trevira drapes
- Star cloth drape hire
- Gauze drapes
- White filled cloth drapes
- Voile and specialist drapes
How our drape hire, theatre drape and pipe and drape services will help you.
- Attention to each and every detail
- Allocated account managers
- Huge range of theatre drape fabrics
- Cost effective drape hire services
- Pipe and drape hire in every size imaginable
- Fast and friendly support team
Pipe & Drape Hire
If required, we supply pipe and drape hire systems to hang your theatre and stage curtains from. We have in our range of Uprights poles from 4ft in height up to a whopping 20ft. If its walls, backdrops, booths, concealment or dividers Pipe & Drape is the ideal solution for all drape hire solutions because it is lightweight, easy to store, easy to transport and easy to setup. With 14 years of experience in the stage and theatre industry under our belt we are proud to have worked for some of the biggest names around, so if you need to cover something and require further advice then talk to Cover It Up, we cover the entire UK and there is no job too big or too small…. Our friendly team are waiting for your call.