12 Lower North Street, Exeter
Our first premises, 1979

Our journey to slx


In 1979 a friendship was born between Maurice Marshal MBE and David Whitehead, two very different characters but with a shared passion for theatre. They had a determination to put the needs of their customers first and to provide faultless technical services to theatres up and down the UK.

Maurice and David met at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, where Maurice was the Chief Electrician and David his deputy. The two friends took a decision in November 1979 to become business partners.

Stage Electrics was formed.

Three decades on and our vision at SLX remains the same: to serve our customers as best as we can, deliver quality equipment and services, look after our staff and enjoy everything we do.

We believe that great service, outstanding quality and an understanding of our customers works because customers continue to return to us time after time and many of our new customers come from personal recommendations.

Everything we do centres around our aim, to exceed your expectations and when we do we love to hear all about it and if we don't, please do contact us so we can put things right as quickly as possible.

Maurice and David leave us with treasured memories and tremendous legacies both in their private and professional lives. Their inspiration, passion, encouragement and enthusiasm has left its mark on all that have had the pleasure of knowing them.

  • Maurice Marshal MBE
    1934 - 2010

    Supporting Stage Electrics as company secretary saw Maurice  pursue a dual career as founding partner in Stage Electrics and as Chief Electrician at the Northcott Theatre.

    Working for nearly 40 years in the theatre, Maurice was committed to training new entrants to the industry and many of today's top lighting and audio designers, engineers and technicians have benefited from his tutelage, with some of those "little bro's" continuing to work at SLX.

    In recognition of his services to drama and his commitment to training Maurice was awarded an MBE in 2009. Maurice had an amazing talent for developing and training individuals and would go out of his way to help others.

  • David Whitehead
    1953 - 2013

    Leading Stage Electrics as Managing Director and founding partner for 30 years, David had a lifelong passion for theatre. As a young man David trained at LAMDA before joining the Northcott Theatre as Deputy Chief Electrician.

    Throughout the growth of Stage Electrics David believed in the magic of theatre, treating people well and encouraging them to flourish and give their best.

    He loved lighting design and was always keen to design a show whenever he could. David was a deeply intuitive man who recognised the talent of those around him and did what he believed to be right.