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David Hersey

 
Bio:
Since his arrival in London from New York many years ago, David Hersey has designed the lighting for hundreds of plays, musicals, operas and ballets. He was lighting consultant to the National Theatre for ten years and is a past chairman and current fellow of the Association of Lighting Designers. ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Since his arrival in London from New York many years ago, David Hersey has designed the lighting for hundreds of plays, musicals, operas and ballets. He was lighting consultant to the National Theatre for ten years and is a past chairman and current fellow of the Association of Lighting Designers. ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Lighting Designer[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2012]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2006]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2006]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2002]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2001]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2001]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1996]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1994]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1993]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1988]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1985]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1984]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1982]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1982]
Settings/Lighting
 
[West End, 1982]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1981]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1981]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1980]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1979]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1978]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1978]
Lighting Designer

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Lighting Designer[Replacement]

[West End, 2012]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 2008]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 2006]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 2006]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 2006]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 2002]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 2002]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 2001]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 2001]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1996]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1994]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1993]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1991]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1989]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1988]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1987]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1987]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1986]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1985]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1984]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1982]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1982]
Settings/Lighting

[West End, 1982]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1981]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1981]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1981]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1981]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1980]
Lighting Designer

[Broadway, 1979]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1979]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1978]
Lighting Designer

[West End, 1978]
Lighting Designer

David Hersey Biography

Since his arrival in London from New York many years ago, David Hersey has designed the lighting for hundreds of plays, musicals, operas and ballets. He was lighting consultant to the National Theatre for ten years and is a past chairman and current fellow of the Association of Lighting Designers. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University. His many awards include Tonys for Best Lighting Design for Evita, Cats and Les Misérables plus the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Burning Blue, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night. He received Tony nominations for The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Starlight Express, Miss Saigon and Oklahoma! and Olivier nominations for Oliver!, Glengarry Glen Ross, Martin Guerre, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and The Coast of Utopia. The production of My Fair Lady received the 2001 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.

A keen yachtsman, David completed a two-year sabbatical during which he sailed his yacht around the world. Since his return, he has designed the lighting for productions including South Pacific, Coast of Utopia, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Anything Goes in the West End. Following on from the opening on Broadway of Oklahoma! was Les Misérables. His latest designs to open in the West End include Porgy and Bess, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and Equus.

David founded DHA Lighting, industry leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist lighting equipment and effects. He has designed lighting extravaganzas at the Mirage, Treasure Island and Belaggio hotels in Las Vegas, and his work can be seen in theme parks in Florida and Italy.

David Hersey Awards and Nominations

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2009 - Best Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Equus
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Lighting Design
David Hersey , Equus
 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Lighting Design of a Play
David Hersey, Equus
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play Gold Star
David Hersey, Equus
 
Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Lighting Design
David HerseyThe Coast Of Utopia - Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage
 
Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Lighting Designer
David Hersey, My Fair Lady
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Oklahoma!
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Lighting Design
David Hersey, Oklahoma!
 
Olivier Awards - 1999 - Best Lighting Designer
David Hersey, Oklahoma!
 
Olivier Awards - 1996 - Best Lighting Designer Gold Star
David HerseyBurning Blue
 
Olivier Awards - 1995 - Best Lighting Designer
David HerseyGlengarry Glen Ross
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Miss Saigon
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Lighting Design
David Hersey , Miss Saigon
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Lighting Design
David Hersey , Chess
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Les Misérables
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Les Misérables
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Lighting Design
David Hersey, Starlight Express
 
Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Cats
 
The Hewes Awards - 1982 - Special Citation Gold Star
David Hersey, The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
 
Tony Awards - 1982 - Best Lighting Design
David Hersey , The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1980 - Outstanding Lighting Design
David Hersey, Evita
 
Tony Awards - 1980 - Best Lighting Design Gold Star
David Hersey, Evita

David Hersey News

Photos: North American Tour of CATS Comes to Portland's Keller Auditorium Photo Photos: North American Tour of CATS Comes to Portland's Keller Auditorium
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Portland’s Keller Auditorium from Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 26 as part of a new North American tour.

CATS is Coming to Portland's Keller Auditorium in June Photo CATS is Coming to Portland's Keller Auditorium in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Portland’s Keller Auditorium from Tuesday, June 21 through Sunday, June 26 as part of a new North American tour. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sunday, April 24.

CATS Comes To Proctors in May Photo CATS Comes To Proctors in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Schenectady from Tuesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 8 as part of a new North American tour. Tickets are‚ÄĮavailable‚ÄĮthrough the Box Office at Proctors,‚ÄĮin person or via phone at 518-346-6204 Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.‚ÄĮor online.

CATS is Coming to Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center Photo CATS is Coming to Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 1, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Fort Lauderdale from Tuesday, April 5, 2022 to Sunday, April 10, 2022 as part of a new North American tour. Tickets are on sale now.

State Theatre New Jersey Presents CATS Photo State Theatre New Jersey Presents CATS
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 28, 2022

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater‚ÄĒ‚ÄúMemory.‚Ä̬†Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries in 15 languages, is back on tour across North America. This tour features new sound design, direction, and choreography.¬†

Tickets On Sale Now For CATS at the Kravis Center Photo Tickets On Sale Now For CATS at the Kravis Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 19, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts from February 8 - 13 as part of a new North American tour. Tickets are on sale now.

CATS Comes to The Ohio Theatre in January Photo CATS Comes to The Ohio Theatre in January
by Stephi Wild - Dec 13, 2021

CAPA and PNC Broadway in Columbus will present one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS, coming to the Ohio Theatre January 11-16 as part of its new North American tour.

CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th Photo CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th
by Alan Henry - Dec 3, 2021

CATS will perform in South Bend this weekend through Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Get a first look at the national tour cast in action!

CATS Will Return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre This December Photo CATS Will Return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre This December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2021

The North American tour of CATS will stop in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre December 21 - January 2.

Video: First Look at the New Company of CATS On Tour Photo Video: First Look at the New Company of CATS On Tour
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 22, 2021

Get your first look at the North American tour of CATS. The new production officially opened at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, NY and will visit more than 50 cities in the 2021/2022 season. 

David Hersey Videos

CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th VideoCATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th
by Alan Henry - Dec 3, 2021

CATS will perform in South Bend this weekend through Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Get a first look at the national tour cast in action!

Exclusive Video: CATS Tour Cast Members Perform WAITRESS's 'She Used to Be Mine' VideoExclusive Video: CATS Tour Cast Members Perform WAITRESS's 'She Used to Be Mine'
by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2019

The company of the Cats first national tour headed to the diner for a special cover of Waitress's iconic song 'She Used to Be Mine' featuring cast members Maria Failla and Laura Katherine Kaufman. For Maria, creating this video was a way of sharing her story of letting the theatre industry define her beauty and taking that definition back. Check out the full video!

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of CATS On Tour VideoVIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of CATS On Tour
by Alan Henry - Aug 1, 2019

Go behind the scenes at Cats the Musical with Keri René Fuller as she prepares for a performance and transforms into Grizabella the Glamour Cat while in Chicago! Check out the video!

BREAKING VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' From The CATS Film VideoBREAKING VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' From The CATS Film
by Alan Henry - Apr 3, 2019

BroadwayWorld has just learned that at a special CinemaCon event today, Jennifer Hudson performed 'Memory' - Grizabella's soaring second act ballad which convinces the Jellicles to select her to be the cat which is reborn to a new Jellicle life.

VIDEO: CATS Opens at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles VideoVIDEO: CATS Opens at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2019

CATS opened in Los Angeles last night, and Hollywood came out to walk the Jellicle carpet! Check out video from the opening night below!

VIDEO: Ian McKellen Tells Graham Norton How He's Preparing for the CATS Film VideoVIDEO: Ian McKellen Tells Graham Norton How He's Preparing for the CATS Film
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2018

On Friday night's episode of 'The Graham Norton Show,' Ian McKellen was a guest. During the interview, Norton brought up McKellen's upcoming role alongside Dame Judi Dench in the musical film adaptation of 'Cats.' This prompted McKellen to show off some of his musical talent.

BWW TV: The Kid Critics Get Jellicle at CATS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 30, 2016

We are continuing the series with Tai (10), Isabella (12), and Charles (9), who just stopped by the Neil Simon Theatre to check out Cats. Curious of what they thought about the show? Find out below!

STAGE TUBE: Rebecca Trehearn Sings 'Bill' From SHOW BOAT
by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2016

Rebecca Trehearn, Julie in SHOW BOAT, performs 'Bill' from the show!

STAGE TUBE: MERRILY Prepares For West End Transfer!
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2013

The full cast is announced today as rehearsals begin for the West End transfer of the stunning Menier Chocolate Factory production of the Sondheim/ Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along. Directed by triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman, previews begin at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Tuesday 23rd April.


David Hersey Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has David Hersey been nominated for?
Best Lighting Design (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Equus , Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Equus , Best Lighting Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for Equus , Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Equus , Best Lighting Design (Olivier Awards) for The Coast Of Utopia - Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage , Best Lighting Designer (Olivier Awards) for My Fair Lady , Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Oklahoma! , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Oklahoma! , Best Lighting Designer (Olivier Awards) for Oklahoma! , Best Lighting Designer (Olivier Awards) for Burning Blue , Best Lighting Designer (Olivier Awards) for Glengarry Glen Ross , Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Saigon , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Miss Saigon , Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Chess , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Starlight Express , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Cats , Special Citation (The Hewes Awards) for The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby , Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Evita and Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Evita .

What awards has David Hersey won?
Best Lighting Design (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Equus, Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Equus , Outstanding Lighting Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Oklahoma! , Best Lighting Designer (Olivier Awards) for Burning Blue, Outstanding Lighting Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Saigon, Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables, Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables, Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Cats Special Citation (The Hewes Awards) for The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nicklebyand Best Lighting Design (Tony Awards) for Evita.