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Hugh has designed the lighting for more than 160 productions and worked for most of the UK's national companies and extensively on Broadway. He has received three Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Designer: in 2004 for Pacific Overtures (Donmar); in 2000 for The Graduate (West End) and The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre); and in 1998 for The Unexpected Man (RSC) and The Blue Room (Donmar). In New York he received TONY® award nominations for Mary Stuart and Spamalot.



His most recent work includes: Ghost the Musical (West End); The Wizard of Oz (West End); Matilda (RSC); Deathtrap (West End); La Bête (West End & Broadway); Shrek (London & US Tour); The Late Middle Classes (Donmar); The Real Thing (Old Vic); Arabian Nights (RSC); A Steady Rain (Broadway); Tanz der Vampire (Vienna & Berlin).

Hugh Vanstone Productions

 
[West End, 2023]
Lighting
 
[Broadway, 2023]
Lighting Design
 
[West End, 2022]
Lighting
 
[West End, 2022]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2021]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2021]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2021]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2020]
Lighting
 
[West End, 2019]
Lighting
 
[Broadway, 2019]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2019]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2019]
Co-Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2019]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2018]
Lighting Design
 
[West End, 2017]
Lighting Design
 
[West End, 2017]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2016]
Lighting Design
 
[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Lighting[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2016]
Lighting
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2015]
Lighting Design
 
[West End, 2014]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2012]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2011]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2011]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2011]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2010]
LIGHTING DESIGN
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2010]
Lighting Designer
 
[US Tour, 2010]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2010]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2007]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2006]
Lighting Designer
 
[US Tour, 2006]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2004]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2003]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2003]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 2002]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Lighting Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1998]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Lighting Designer
 
[West End, 1994]
Lighting Designer
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Associate Lighting Designer

Hugh Vanstone Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2024 - Outstanding Lighting Design (Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hugh VanstoneBack to the Future


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, The Height of the Storm


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol


winner
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Lighting Design of a Play

Hugh Vanstone, A Christmas Carol

Olivier Awards - 2017 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Groundhog Day


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2013 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Matilda

Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Hugh Vanstone, Matilda the Musical


winner
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2012 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Ghost

Olivier Awards - 2012 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Ghost The Musical

Olivier Awards - 2012 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)

Hugh Vanstone, Ghost: The Musical

Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Hugh Vanstone, Ghost The Musical

Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play

Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Lighting Design of a Play

Hugh Vanstone, Mary Stuart

Olivier Awards - 2007 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Monty Python's Spamalot

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Monty Python's Spamalot

Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Hugh Vanstone, Monty Python's Spamalot


winner
Olivier Awards - 2004 - Best Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, Pacific Overtures


winner
Olivier Awards - 2001 - Best Lighting Designer

Hugh VanstoneThe Cherry Orchard

The Lortels - 2001 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, The Unexpected Man


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Lighting Design

Hugh Vanstone, The Unexpected Man


winner
Olivier Awards - 1999 - Best Lighting Designer

Hugh VanstoneThe Blue Room

Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Lighting Designer

Hugh VanstoneHamlet

Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Lighting Designer

Hugh Vanstone, Art

Hugh Vanstone Videos

Hugh Vanstone News


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STEREOPHONIC, SUFFS & More Win Outer Critics Circle Awards

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Hugh Vanstone FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Hugh Vanstone been nominated for?

Hugh Vanstone has been nominated for several awards for his outstanding lighting design work in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Some of his nominations include Outstanding Lighting Design by the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Back to the Future," "The Height of the Storm," and "A Christmas Carol." He was also nominated for Best Lighting Design of a Play at the Tony Awards for "A Christmas Carol" and won the Best Lighting Design award at the Olivier Awards for "Groundhog Day." Additionally, he received nominations for Best Lighting Design at the BroadwayWorld Awards for "Matilda" and "Ghost," and Best Lighting Design of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Matilda the Musical" and "Ghost The Musical." Vanstone's other nominations include Outstanding Lighting Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "Mary Stuart" and Best Lighting Design at the Olivier Awards for productions like "Monty Python's Spamalot," "Pacific Overtures," "The Cherry Orchard," "The Unexpected Man," "The Blue Room," "Hamlet," and "Art."

What awards has Hugh Vanstone won?

Hugh Vanstone has won several awards for his lighting design work, including Outstanding Lighting Design from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Christmas Carol" and "The Height of the Storm." He also won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for "A Christmas Carol." Additionally, Vanstone received BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Lighting Design for "Matilda" and "Ghost," as well as an Outstanding Lighting Design award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Ghost: The Musical." He has also won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for "Pacific Overtures" and Best Lighting Designer for "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Blue Room." At the Drama Desk Awards, Vanstone won Outstanding Lighting Design for "The Unexpected Man."

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