Elton John has hit the road for one final time with the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour and we are very honoured to have been part of this remarkable creative team led by David Furnish.
Our journey on this show started over three years ago when we were asked to join Elton and his team to come up with the design for a final farewell tour that will leave a lasting memory for his fans. Working closely with David and the creative team, Stufish started out to give the set a design language that could encapsulate Elton’s remarkable career and deliver the spectacle his fans expect. The richly gilded Yellow Brick Road portal wraps around the stage and screen like a giant ribbon, creating the framework for the show narrative to evolve.
Thirteen personally handpicked moments from Elton’s long and illustrious career have been beautifully sculpted by Jacqui Pyle. Embedded within the gilded brickwork of the portal, sculptures of the Lion King, John Lennon and Elton with his trademark spectacles amongst others, frame the large screen before it elegantly unfurls to follow the sensuous curved line of the sloping screen and stage. Delicately placed moving lights in gold cases are woven in amongst the sculptures to bring the portal alive and paint rich and varied pictures of the set. The band are enveloped by the sloping video screen that gives the video content another dimension to work with.
At times they recede into the background, giving Elton centre stage before emerging out of the darkness to complete the picture. For Elton’s final bow, the piano riser slowly tracks across the stage before he steps onto a platform that gracefully takes him up the slope and through the screen and into the sunset of his remarkable career.
Creative direction by David Furnish, Tony King, Sam Pattinson & Patrick Woodroffe
Stage Architects: Stufish Entertainment Architects
Lighting Design: Woodroffe Bassett Design
Video Design: Treatment Studio
Portal Sculpture: Jacqui Pyle
Engineering, Build and Automation: TAIT