IKEA is undoubtedly one of the world's most successful, enigmatic, and recognisable global brands. Last year more than 900 million people in 49 countries visited its stores, which had a turnover of more than £34 billion.
In a major new three-part series, our cameras explore the world of IKEA, from the design studios to factories and stores, for the very first time. Few companies can legitimately claim to shape the way we live today. Fewer still inspire a cult-like devotion in customers and employees alike. But IKEA is not like other companies. The famously secretive Swedish furniture retailer is guided by the principle of creating 'the better everyday life for the many people'. But what is the secret to its success? How does the machine of IKEA affect the people who work for it, and how does its ruthlessly efficient business model affect the world?
Runtime: 60 minutes
Flatpack Empire - Bridge Theatre - Netflix
The Bridge Theatre is a commercial theatre building near Tower Bridge in London that opened in October 2017. It was developed by Nick Starr and Nicholas Hytner as the home of the London Theatre Company, which they founded following their tenancy as executive director and artistic director, respectively, at the National Theatre. The theatre seats 900 and is a flexible space to accommodate each production. For example, the opening production, Young Marx, featured a traditional proscenium arrangement, Julius Caesar had the stalls seating removed to be in promenade and allow the audience to be part of the mob within the play, and Nightfall was performed on a thrust stage. It was reported that the theatre had cost £12million to build.
Flatpack Empire - Notable productions - Netflix
Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, starring Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris, directed by Nicholas Hytner (18 October–31 December 2017) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, starring Michelle Fairley, Ben Whishaw, David Calder and David Morrissey, directed by Nicholas Hytner (20 January–15 April 2018) Nightfall by Barney Norris, starring Ophelia Lovibond, Ukweli Roach, Clare Skinner and Sion Daniel Young, directed by Laurie Sansom (28 April–3 June 2018) My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, adapted by Rona Munro, starring Laura Linney, directed by Richard Eyre (2–23 June 2018) Allelujah! by Alan Bennett, directed by Nicholas Hytner (11 July–28 September 2018) A Very Very Very Dark Matter by Martin McDonagh, starring Jim Broadbent, directed by Matthew Dunster (10 October–29 December 2018) Future projects include: Alys, Always a new play by Lucinda Coxon based on the novel by Harriet Lane, directed by Nicholas Hytner Flatpack a dark comedy by John Hodge An as-yet-untitled work by Nina Raine on the life of Johann Sebastian Bach with Simon Russell Beale as Bach. The Black Cloud a new play by Sam Holcroft from the 1957 novel by Fred Hoyle Carmen Havana by Lucy Prebble based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, directed by Nicholas Hytner, choreography by Miguel Altunaga
Flatpack Empire - References - Netflix