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Congratulations to Olivier Awards Nominees!


WL’s Bryan Raven with last year’s Best Lighting Design Award winner Neil Austin.

The Olivier Awards are presented annually by SOLT (the Society of London Theatre) and recognise excellence in professional theatre in London. For the past several years, White Light has sponsored the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design and will do so again in 2018. This year’s nominees include Howell Binkley for Hamilton, Paule Constable for Angels in America and Follies and Jan Versweyveld for Network.

This year the ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8th April. The critically-acclaimed Hamilton, which has now arrived in the West End following its Broadway run, received a record number of 11 nominations; including Best Director, Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical and, of course, Best Lighting Design.

The lighting design for Hamilton is by Howell Binkley whose work on the show has already won a Tony Award in 2016. Jan Versweyveld is nominated for his work on Network, which recently opened at the National Theatre and stars Bryan Cranston. Jan’s other notable credits include Lazarus at the Kings Cross Theatre along with the Young Vic’s production of A View from the Bridge at the Wyndham’s Theatre; both of which were supplied by WL.

Paule Constable, who has already won an Olivier Award on four separate occasions, has been nominated twice in 2018. The productions are Angels in America and Follies, both of which ran at the National Theatre. You can read her Leading Light here, in which she spoke to us about her career as a lighting designer.

Angels In America

Paule Constable is nominated for two shows: Angels in America (pictured) and Follies.

WL’s Managing Director Bryan Raven comments: “As the leading lighting supplier to West End and London theatre, we are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design. For many, the Oliviers mark the highlight in the theatrical calendar. It’s always a magical evening which celebrates the greatest talent within our industry. It’s great to see such a range of work be nominated for Best Lighting Design and we wish each nominee the very best of luck”.

Previous recipients of the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design include Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2017), Mark Henderson for Gypsy (2016), Howard Harrison for City of Angels (2015), Tim Lutkin and Finn Ross for Chimerica and Paul Pyant and Jon Driscoll for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2014).

The Olivier Awards is another example of WL recognising the range of talent in the theatre industry, with the company also sponsoring the WhatsOnStage and OffWestEnd Awards.

Bryan adds: “As a company, it’s important we help to recognise achievements all across the theatre industry.  Our sponsorship at award ceremonies throughout the year shows our commitment to supporting lighting designers and theatre practitioners at all levels and we’re very proud to once again be returning to the Oliviers”.