A few years ago, we at Malone Associates were managing a show in the Palace Suite at the Birmingham Metropole. We arrived the day before the event and couldn't believe our luck - the banqueting manager took us to one side and offered us the much larger, more prestigious Monarch Suite, at no extra charge. The Monarch Suite is a wider room and with the flats we had on the truck, we could easily widen the set to create a much more impressive look. Feeling very smug, we set to work.

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