There is a danger when books become so popular that edition after edition follows without actually improving the product. Francis Reid repeatedly avoids this error by ensuring that while being brought up to date, the vital facts are not altered. The Stage Lighting Handbook (6th edition) is a piece of essential reading for both newcomers to the subject and seasoned professionals who just have to have the latest Reid offering on the bookshelf for completeness.
In this update, the latest items of equipment are discussed and the topic of automated lighting is given a thorough airing. Reid has resisted the temptation to remove some more 'elderly' parts of the book and has left them in as they are still as relevant today as they were in 1976 when the first edition was published. I tried very hard to find something that I did not like, or even agree with, but in the end simply sat and read the whole thing from cover to cover and I am not ashamed to say I still keep learning from this well presented and very readable book.
If you have an interest in stage lighting - this is an compulsory purchase.
Paul Johnson, Great Yarmouth College