David Hersey


Over the years since moving to London from New York in 1968, David Hersey has been recognised internationally as one of Europe's leading Lighting Designers. He has designed the lighting for nearly two hundred productions for most of England's major Theatre, Opera and Ballet companies. His recent work is currently represented in the West End by Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Guys and Dolls, Across from the Garden of Allah, Made in Bangkok and Cats (which is also on in Hamburg, Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Sydney). Recent West End plays include Jumpers and Old Times (also USA). Other West End musicals include Evita, Song and Dance (sets and lights), Marilyn (sets and lights), The King and I, The Sound of Music, Camelot and Little Shop of Horrors. On Broadway, he has lit Evita (1980 Tony Award), Merrily We Roll Along, Nicholas Nickleby and Cats (1983 Tony and Drama Desk Awards). For ten years he was lighting consultant to the National Theatre, during which time he lit some twenty-six plays ranging from the opening productions in both the Lyttleton and the Olivier Theatres, to more recently The Government Inspector and the double bill of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound. He also lit the Royal Shakespeare Company's opening production at the Barbican Theatre, as well as many plays for the RSC both in London and in Stratford, most recently Mother Courage, and As You Like It. He has lit numerous Operas, Ballet Rambert, London Contemporary Dance, Scottish Ballet and Glyndbourne. He is also the founder of DHA Lighting which specialises in the design and manufacture of lighting equipment and effects. In 1984 he was elected Chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers.

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