Howard Hudson

Howard Hudson Portrait

LIGHTING DESIGNER 

Forthcoming and current work includes: JERSEY BOYS (Selladoor, International Tour), CHRISTMASAURUS (Hammersmith Apollo), and STRICTLY BALLROOM (West End).

Theatre Credits includes: ON THE TOWN (Open Air Theatre); THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4: THE MUSICAL (Menier Chocolate Factory & Leicester Curve); CRAZY FOR YOU (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); IN THE HEIGHTS (King’s Cross Theatre); ROMEO & JULIET (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, West End); GASLIGHT (UK Tour); ECHO’S END (Salisbury Playhouse); NIGHT MUST FALL (UK Tour); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); ALADDIN (Qdos Entertainment); RAGTIME; TITANIC (Charing Cross Theatre); THE RIVALS (Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Citizen’s, Glasgow); TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); HEDDA GABLER; CINDERELLA; BEDROOM FARCE & SEPARATE TABLES (Salisbury Playhouse); BEYOND THE FENCE (Arts Theatre); THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (Mercury Colchester & UK Tour); A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, OLIVER! and THE SECRET ADVERSARY (Watermill Theatre); EACH HIS OWN WILDERNESS (Orange Tree Theatre); SIDE SHOW; GREY GARDENS; CASA VALENTINA; NEXT FALL; IN THE HEIGHTS; DOGFIGHT; THREE SISTERS; TITANIC; VICTOR VICTORIA; MACK AND MABEL; PARADE; THE ILLUSION (Southwark Playhouse); GRIMM TALES (Bargehouse & Shoreditch Town Hall); PRIVATE PEACEFUL (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); TORO TORO (Northcott Exeter & UK Tour); THE MISER (Theatre Royal Windsor & UK Tour); TABOO (Brixton Club House).

International theatre credits include: GASLIGHT (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); TITANIC (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; EDUCATING RITA (English Theatre Frankfurt); PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Operetta Theatre, Bucharest); LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts); CORNELIUS (59E59 Theatre, New York); LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Aarhus Teater, Denmark).

Opera & Dance credits include: MANSFIELD PARK (Grange Festival); LA BOHÉME; DIE FLEDERMAUS (Opera Holland Park); MY FIRST BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY; MY FIRST BALLET: SWAN LAKE (English National Ballet); EGLE THE QUEEN OF SERPENTS (Lithuania National Opera & Ballet, Choreo: George Williamson); ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Royal Opera House); LE DONNE CURIOSE (GSMD);LAKME (Opera Holland Park); FIDELIO & VERT VERT (Garsington); ARIANNA IN CRETE (Royal College of Music).

Awards and Nominations: Winner of 2014 Off West End Award for Best Lighting Designer (TITANIC & LIZZIE SIDDAL); Winner of 2012 Off West End Award for Best Lighting Designer (MACK AND MABEL); Winner of 2011 Off West End Award for Best Lighting Designer.

www.howardhudson.co.uk

04 August 2017

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson are the Designer and Lighting Designer on A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson are the Designer and Lighting Designer on A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

With Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a Book by Hugh Wheeler, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Directed by Paul Foster, is Designed by David Woodhead and has Lighting by Howard Hudson. It runs at the Watermill Theatre until 16th September.

The Stage ★★★★★

“David Woodhead's design manages to conjure multiple locations, from acting digs and a theatrical stage to a grand country house, with the deftest of touches.”

“intoxicating stylishness”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/little-night-music-review-watermill-theatre-newbury/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“His design morphs subtly from garden to bedroom to provincial stage and, lit by Howard Hudson, from balmy early evening to the brief twilight of the northern summer night.”

“this stunning realisation of a work that is at once elegiac, knowing and sexy.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/newbury-theatre/reviews/a-little-night-music-watermill-theatre-sondheim_44277.html

  

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“gorgeous set”

“one of the finest pieces in musical history”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/a-little-night-music-watermill-theatre-berkshire/

 

Jonathan Baz ★★★★★

“David Woodhead’s ingenious design of distressed grandeur captures the fading elegance of a Sweden long since disappeared.”

“Howard Hudson’s lighting work is yet another sensation - for a show that’s set in “perpetual twilight” Hudson cleverly suggests the Northern midsummer sun.”

http://www.jonathanbaz.com/2017/08/a-little-night-music-review.html

NY Times 

"an utterly beguiling production"

"The burnished elegance of David Woodhead’s design makes cunning use of a two-way mirror and manages to couple distressed chic with a reminder of the theatrical environs that mark out the story of Desiree Armfeldt (a satin-cheeked Josefina Gabrielle) and her motley gathering of aristos and amours."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/theater/night-music-stephen-sondheim-watermill.html?smid=tw-nytimesarts&smtyp=cur

28 July 2017

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ opens at Menier Chocolate Factory.

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ opens at Menier Chocolate Factory.

Luke Sheppard’s production, originally staged at Leicester Curve in 2015, runs at the Chocolate Factory until 9th Sept, with Choreography by Rebecca Howell and Lighting by Howard Hudson.

 Evening Standard ★★★★★

“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to offer a full-throated commendation of that rarest of beasts, a perfectly realised new British musical.”

“Luke Sheppard’s production fizzes with pep and verve” 

“A lovely, lovely show.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/the-secret-diary-of-adrian-mole-aged-13-theatre-review-a-perfectly-realised-new-british-musical-a3598226.html

What’s On Stage ★★★★★ 

“an entertainment-focused spectacle with smart jokes and even better songs.”

“it resonates with everyone, not just those who remember Maggie.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-secret-diary-adrian-mole-menier-chocolate-factory_44204.html

The Idependent ★★★★★ 

"perfectly capturing the inherently comic nature of puberty."

"This endearing and thoroughly enjoyable show should not be missed."

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/review-secret-diary-of-adrian-mole-aged-13-and-3-4-the-musical-a7865711.html

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“a fresh and funny show”

“the show effortlessly recreates a vanished era.”

“Luke Sheppard’s production is swift, lively and makes good use of an ensemble in which the adults turn, in a second, into blazered or gym-slipped schoolkids.”

“it has bounce and charm and appealed equally to myself and my 12-year-old advisor.” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jul/27/the-secret-diary-of-adrian-mole-musical-review-menier-chocolate-factory-london

The Telegraph ★★★★

“a glorious summer-holiday treat at the Menier Chocolate Factory.” 

“Luke Sheppard’s ebullient yet compact staging”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/secret-diary-adrian-mole-aged-13-menier-chocolate-factory-review/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

The Stage ★★★★ 

“succinctly captures the essence of Townsend's original.”

“a joyous British musical comedy that feels funny, poignant and – despite being set in the 1980s – remarkably fresh.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/secret-diary-adrian-mole-aged-13-34-review-menier-chocolate-factory-london/

The Times ★★★★

“You really can’t help but laugh.”

“It’s perfect summer holiday fare.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-secret-diary-of-adrian-mole-aged-13-the-musical-5fzn09zzb 

Timeout ★★★★

“genuinely hilarious”

“it’s the full-throttle performances and exuberantly absurdist humour of Luke Sheppard’s galloping production that really bring the magic.” 

“book now so you can smugly say you caught it before the West End transfer.”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-secret-diary-of-adrian-mole-aged-13-3-4

01 June 2017

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on ON THE TOWN

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on ON THE TOWN

ON THE TOWN, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie with Lighting by Howard Hudson, opened last night at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. 

 

The Stage - ★★★★★

“the perfect summer treat”

“an absolute corker”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/on-the-town-review-at-regents-park-open-air-theatre-london/

 

The Guardian - ★★★★ 

“as delicious as ice-cream on a hot summer’s day”

“this breezy, joyful navy lark is a helluva lot of fun”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/31/regents-park-open-air-theatre-on-the-town-london-review-leonard-bernstein

 

The Observer - ★★★★ 

“Howard Hudson’s wonderful lighting” 

“was completely taken aback by On the Town” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jun/04/on-the-town-regents-park-observer-review

 

The Financial Times - ★★★★

“fantasy had, as it were, overflowed the stage: Howard Hudson’s lighting includes some discreet beams on the trees behind the stage, as if to remind us that the experience does not simply consist of the show, but of the location in which it’s presented.”

https://www.ft.com/content/577c0f8c-46d9-11e7-8d27-59b4dd6296b8?mhq5j=e1

 

The Independent - ★★★★ 

“Helluva town?”; yes, and this deserves to be a helluva hit." 

“the production achieves a wonderful, dotty fluency as the piece goes on its whirlwind tour of New York”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/on-the-town-review-open-air-theatre-regents-park-a7768476.html

 

WhatsOnStage - ★★★★ 

“sets come alive towards the end of the piece. Lit up by flashing coloured lightbulbs, the iron scaffolding, made to look like blocks of shipping containers, swell with light”

“layed out with charm, character and class” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/on-the-town-regents-park-open-air-theatre_43733.html

 

The Times - ★★★★

“lavish and imaginative rendering”

“this amphitheatre in Regent’s Park fills with spring fever”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-on-the-town-at-open-air-theatre-drxbd0wd7

 

 

13 January 2017

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open GASLIGHT on Tour

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open GASLIGHT on Tour

Anthony Banks’ production starring Kara Tointon tours the UK until March this year.

The Times ★★★★

“The set, with its panelled bookcase and secret door, feels as though it has been plucked straight out of the study from the boardgame Cluedo”

“The detailed and intricate set by David Woodhead includes a few skew-whiff perspectives that discombobulate, but in a good way. The lighting, by Howard Hudson, is particularly good, with the gaslights going up and down like glow-worm yo-yos.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-gaslight-at-the-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham-ftp97585c

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“David Woodhead’s set is itself disquieting, at first sight a beautifully detailed Victorian drawing-room, but as one looks on for more than a few seconds one notices the weird perspective making the whole appear claustrophobic”

“The lighting design of Howard Hudson heightens the premise that the gaslights dim and brighten as action takes place offstage, moving between harsh monochromatic lighting and the warmth of gaslight.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/gaslight-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/ 

Telegraph ★★★★

“classy production”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/gaslight-review-kara-tointon-displays-copper-bottomed-talent/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“David Woodhead's design keeps all the action concentrated into a small space with the gaslights of the title a central feature of both the story and the room.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/birmingham-theatre/reviews/gaslight-patrick-hamilton-kara-tointon_42635.html

Birmingham Mail ★★★★

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/incoming/review-gaslight-new-alexandra-theatre-12438602

Tamworth Herald 

“A rapturous applause bellowed from the crowd as the final scene ended, and rightly so.”

http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/gaslight-at-the-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham-review/story-30053772-detail/story.html

05 December 2016

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opens at the Royal and Derngate.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opens at the Royal and Derngate.

Luke Sheppard directs the European premiere of PETER AND THE STARCATHER in Northampton, winner of 5 Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway. David Woodhead is Designer, with Costumes by Gabriella Slade and Lighting by Howard Hudson. Tom Attwood is Musical Director. Playing until 31st September.

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“an absolute delight from start to finish”

“such is the skill of David Woodhead’s design that little imagination is actually required as sails appear, ladders become ships, a lifebelt is transformed into a window.”

“Luke Sheppard has created a production that is funny, effective and incredibly slick”

“once this show takes off it just keeps on flying. If you want to leave the theatre with a massive smile on your face and a warm feeling inside, look no further than the Royal & Derngate and Peter and the Starcatcher. Superb.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/peter-and-the-starcatcher-royal-derngate-northampton/  

Whats On Stage ★★★★ 

“stunningly recreated set design by David Woodhead.”

“the brilliance of the execution, deftly handled by director Luke Sheppard.” 

“a rip-roaring adventure that grabs you from the opening moments and drags you unceremoniously along for the ride.” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/northampton-theatre/reviews/peter-and-the-starcatcher-royal-and-derngate_42408.html

The Stage ★★★★

“a beautiful exploration of the fragility of childhood and the joy of adventure”

“clever and funny and desperately sad”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/peter-and-the-starcatcher-review-at-royal-and-derngate-theatre-northampton-joyous/

Broadway World ★★★★

“What set there is, is beautiful and inventive, as are the costumes.”

“The whole production is slick and clever.”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-PETER-AND-THE-STARCATCHER-Royal-and-Derngate-2-December-2016-20161203

03 November 2016

Matthew Cole and Howard Hudson open SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse

Matthew Cole and Howard Hudson open SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse

With Choreography by Matthew Cole and Lighting by Howard Hudson, this musical runs at Southwark until 3rd December.

Broadwayworld.com ★★★★★

"This is top-quality West End stuff at a quarter the price." 

"A word too for Matthew Cole's dynamic choreography, adding to the West End lustre of the production." 

"I might not see anything as good on its own terms for years."

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-SIDE-SHOW-Southwark-Playhouse-26-October-2016-20161027#

Whatsonstage.com ★★★★   

"an unqualified sensation" 

"the seven strong chorus of human oddities is terrific, singing and executing Matthew Cole's muscular choreography magnificently" 

"Howard Hudson's evocative lighting is truly a thing of beauty."

"a triumph" 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-side-show-southwark-playhouse_42109.html

The Stage ★★★★   

"Hannah Chissick's production doesn't stint on putting them at the centre of a very vividly realised freak show"

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/side-show-review-at-southwark-playhouse-london-stunning-and-stirring/

Guardian

"a fine, fluid production by Hannah Chissick" 

"The staging also boasts a design by Takis that offers plenty of low-budget pizazz, with fairground lights and silver tassels to conjure up the tawdry glamour of the travelling side show – a world with a much darker and grimmer reality beneath its surface"

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/oct/30/side-show-review-southwark-playhouse-conjoined-twins-musical

The Arts Desk 

"Matthew Cole provides ingenious and frequently witty choreography"

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/side-show-southwark-playhouse

Exeunt Magazine

"with Director Hannah Chissick creating a textured and troubled world for the starlets. The scaffolding-like stage that houses the band glows with warm filament bulbs."

"Matthew Cole’s choreography is slick and inventive and the ensemble are polished, tight, and charming."

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-sideshow-southwark-playhouse/?source=pop

20 October 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on RAGTIME at Charing Cross Theatre

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on RAGTIME at Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland, Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre, directs a new production of Tony Award winning musical RAGTIME. Running until the 10th December

Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“illuminated by some of lighting designer Howard Hudson’s most thoughtful and intricately subtle work to date.”

“Visually it is just as sumptuous”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/ragtime-charing-cross-theatre-london/ 

The Stage ★★★★★

“A triumphant reclamation”

“a knockout production”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/ragtime-review-at-charing-cross-theatre/ 

Broadway World ★★★★★

“There might be a better night in the West End just now - but I doubt it.”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-RAGTIME-Charing-Cross-Theatre-17-October-2016-20161018# 

London Theatre ★★★★★

“This is musical theatre at its best”

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/review-of-ragtime-at-the-charing-cross-theatre

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“all these years on, its music and its messages are just as potent, especially when it gets an outing as good as Thom Southerland's revival”

“there is no turning away from the show's contemporary relevance.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/ragtime-charing-cross-theatre_42038.html

Financial Times ★★★★ 

https://www.ft.com/content/e7e0b2ac-9537-11e6-a80e-bcd69f323a8b

10 August 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on CRAZY FOR YOU at the Watermill

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on CRAZY FOR YOU at the Watermill

This multi-award winning Gershwin musical is revived in Newbury by Artistic Director Paul Hart. Staring Tom Chambers and Caroline Sheen, CRAZY FOR YOU plays until 17th Sept.

The Stage ★★★★★

“a giddy delight” 

“entirely irresistible, irrepressible and inventive production, which bursts with a crazy, lovable spirit.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/crazy-for-you-at-the-watermill-newbury/   

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“thanks also to Howard Hudson's cunning lighting”

“a crazy summer cocktail that sends you home on a high.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/newbury-theatre/reviews/crazy-for-you-watermill-theatre_41444.html

The Times ★★★★ 

“a delight” 

“this bustling production is by and large huge fun put across with consistently inventive panache.”

“Who could ask for anything more?”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-crazy-for-you-watermill-theatre-newbury-cg0bp5v98

Jonathan Baz Reviews ★★★★

“Howard Hudson’s lighting wizardry (with some fabulous use of mirrored follow spots) does a fine job” 

“an evening of fine entertainment”

 http://www.jonathanbaz.com/  

22 July 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on DIE FLEDERMAUS at Opera Holland Park

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on DIE FLEDERMAUS at Opera Holland Park

Martin Lloyd-Evans’ production of this Operetta runs in rep until August 5th.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“acerbically funny, rather sexy and superbly performed”

“provocative, engaging entertainment, and well worth seeing.”

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/20/die-fledermaus-review-opera-holland-park-london-strauss?CMP=share_btn_tw

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“exquisitely lit, as is the entire show, by Howard Hudson” 

“a blissful evening.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/die-fledermaus-opera-holland-park_41345.html

Music OMH ★★★★★ 

“both clever and enjoyable.” 

“makes us think as much as it causes us to laugh.” 

http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/die-fledermaus-opera-holland-park-london

The Times ★★★★

“a rather batty pleasure.” 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/die-fledermaus-at-opera-holland-park-w8-qxrrv0mk6

Bachtrack ★★★★

“The jokes come out thick and fast, as do Strauss’ delicious melodies”

“Opera Holland Park’s rendering has a lot going for it.”

https://bachtrack.com/review-fledermaus-johnson-hurrell-opera-holland-park-july-2016

08 July 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on QUEENS OF SYRIA at the Young Vic

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on QUEENS OF SYRIA at the Young Vic

A group of Syrian women, now refugees exiled in Jordan, create an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Directed by Zoe Lafferty, QUEENS OF SYRIA plays at the Young Vic until Saturday before touring the UK for the rest of July.

The Times ✮✮✮✮✮

“hitting an extraordinary pitch of intensity”

“You come away from Queens of Syria with a raw yet artful reminder of our common humanity”

“graceful, painful, unsentimental and not without a sense of humour.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/queens-of-syria-young-vic-se1-38mp0rtqd

The Stage ✮✮✮✮

“a reclamation of voice and narrative control, it also excels as theatre.”

“The stage is dark most of the time, clean and blank with three benches placed around the edges”

“A powerful piece of theatre”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/queens-of-syria-review-at-young-vic-london/

Evening Standard ✮✮✮✮

“terribly moving”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/queens-of-syria-theatre-review-a-terribly-moving-show-for-theatregoers-and-the-human-race-a3290156.html

The Independent ✮✮✮✮

“Remarkable”

“a compelling - and humbling - show.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/queens-of-syria-young-vic-review-a-compelling-and-humbling-show-made-by-refugees-a7124656.html

What’s On Stage ✮✮✮✮

“undeniably powerful”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/queens-of-syria-young-vic_41235.html

The Upcoming ✮✮✮✮

“The beauty of the project is that it brings a UK audience face to face with the people behind a crisis that is so widely discussed, but rarely considered from an intimate, humane angle.”

“enormously valuable and impactful piece of theatre”

“the intensity of the overall atmosphere, and the huge importance of what the project represents”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/07/07/queens-of-syria-at-the-young-vic-theatre-review/

08 June 2016

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland’s award winning Southwark Playhouse production returns to London, playing at the Charing Cross Theatre until the 6th of August.  

The Stage ★★★★★

“outstanding production” 

“David Woodhead's deceptively simple set”

“Absolutely thrilling production of the Titanic story gets a deserved London return”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/titanic-review-at-charing-cross-theatre-london/  

The Times ★★★★★

“the day after seeing it, I went back to see it again. It’s that good.” 

“a triumph”

“both shattering and gorgeous”

"A band of six backs a cast of 20 on a two-deck set by David Woodhead"

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-titanic-at-the-charing-cross-theatre-wc2-z5kjp3qlm 

Broadway World 

“David Woodhead's wonderfully evocative set” 

“the costumes alone are worth the entrance fee.” 

“this ship sails into port triumphantly, on course for a West End smash!” 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-TITANIC-Charing-Cross-Theatre-June-6-2016-20160607

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“an exciting climax to Act I, realised through great sound design by Andrew Johnson and lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“David Woodhead’s gorgeous set” 

“feels fresh, thrilling and new.”

“this is a maiden voyage that is an unmitigated success.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/titanic-southwark-playhouse-london-2/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★★

“The costumes are flawless”

“impresses on every level.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/06/07/titanic-at-the-charing-cross-theatre-theatre-review/ 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“David Woodhead’s sumptuous costumes and simple, flexible set” 

“ingenious lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“many moments of magnificence.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/titanic-charing-cross-theatre-review-moments-of-magnificence/

The Guardian ★★★★

“the best piece of musical staging you will find in London.”

“Breathtaking”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/08/titanic-review-charing-cross-theatre-london-thom-southerland

London Theatre ★★★★★

“a must-see" 

“piercing, agonisingly beautiful”

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/titanic16.htm

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“elegantly crafted” 

“vigorous and ultimately moving”

“combines sensitivity with ambition” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/titanic-theatre-review-moving-return-to-unsinkable-tale-a3265541.html

Gay Times

“Stunning”

“David Woodhead’s simple yet rather charming set. One of the finest to be seen at the Charing Cross Theatre, the clever inclusion of moving pieces and steps leaves little to the imagination — Titanic’s look well kept throughout.”

“Bursting with regal charm and emotive pull”

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/theatre/38683/review-titanic/

27 May 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on ROMEO AND JULIET at the Garrick.

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on ROMEO AND JULIET at the Garrick.

Richard Madden and Lily James star as Romeo and Juliet in the latest Kenneth Branagh season show. Playing in the west end until 13th August.

The Guardian ★★★★

“a pulsating energy.” 

“staged with great fluency”

“design…allows for striking effects”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/26/romeo-and-juliet-review-branagh-lily-james-richard-madden-garrick-theatre

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“a fine production.” 

“sensitively performed with vitality and pace.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/139802/romeo-and-juliet-kenneth-branagh-theatre-company-review/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★

“elevated this performance above the mould of most modernised Shakespeare and even traditional performances of Romeo and Juliet, primarily because of how it looks. It is sleek, stylish at every turn and creates an energy that makes the spine tingle.” 

“The masked ball is a perfect example of the imagination that has gone into this re-working, with the ancient set transforming into a club. The aesthetic has the feel of Dolce and Gobbana’s Italy”

“exceptional production” 

“a delight to watch.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/05/25/romeo-and-juliet-at-the-garrick-theatre-theatre-review/ 

The Londonist ★★★★

“slicker than slick production”

“so incredibly sexy”

“Visually…the final scene embodies the full force of the tragedy. A gloomy theatrical Catholicism hangs over the lovers' final resting place, a shaft of moonlight illuminating their faces" 

http://londonist.com/2016/05/derek-jacobi-shamelessly-steals-the-show-in-branagh-s-romeo-and-juliet

Variety

“a hot-headed, hot-blooded Verona”

http://variety.com/2016/legit/reviews/romeo-and-juliet-review-richard-madden-kenneth-branagh-1201783707/ 

News Shopper

“vibrantly modern” 

“The pleasantly updated setting gives us the classic chic of 1950s Verona” 

“cleverly lit to evoke equally well the intimacy of the balcony, the decadence of a masked ball, piazzas and the famous Italian café culture.”

“the audience is kept enthralled” 

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/leisure/latest/14517907.Romeo_and_Juliet_review__Esher_s_Lily_James_mesmerises_in_the_West_End/  

10 February 2016

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at the Watermill Theatre.

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at the Watermill Theatre.

Jodie Prenger sings her heart out in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s one-woman musical charting the romantic misadventures of an English girl in New York in the 1980s. Directed by Paul Foster, this new production plays in Newbury until 20th Feb, before embarking on a UK tour until June 2016. Design by David Woodhead and Lighting by Howard Hudson.

The Stage ★★★★

“Glorious”

“Effective revival”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/tell-me-on-a-sunday-review-at-the-watermill-theatre-newbury-glorious/ 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“riveting.” 

“The very clever set, from designer David Woodhead, immediately places you in New York”

“one of the most memorable evenings that musical theatre can have to offer”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/tell-me-on-a-sunday-the-watermill-theatre-newbury/  

British Theatre Guide 

“David Woodhead’s simple set consisting of lit models of New York famous landmarks and silhouettes works well.”

“a wonderful revival that was thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative audience”

“highly recommended.”

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/tell-me-on-a-su-watermill-theat-12513

Newbury Weekly News 

“breathtaking, moving, amusing, entertaining”

“This is musical magic.”

“striking background of lit-up skyscrapers”

“An unforgettable evening.”

Musical Theatre Review ★★★★

“Designed by David Woodhead, the miniature New York skyline overlaid with 1980s prop…sets the scene perfectly”

http://musicaltheatrereview.com/tell-me-on-a-sunday-watermill-theatre-newbury-and-touring/

29 January 2016

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open GASLIGHT in Toronto

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open GASLIGHT in Toronto

Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian thriller plays at the Ed Mirvish Theatre until the 28th of February, with Design by David Woodhead and Lighting by Howard Hudson.

Toronto Sun 

“visually and emotionally engaging.” 

“a well-dressed drawing room, with heavy furniture and rich, shiny surfaces; the costumes are likewise elegant and formal, with complicated evening clothes and dresses. It’s a claustrophobic environment, and we mean that in the best way. “ 

“Much rests on David Woodhead’s sets and costumes and Howard Hudson’s lighting design.”

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/01/21/gaslight-review-game-of-thrones-actors-elevate-dark-drama

Mooney on Theatre 

“I really liked the set.... I loved the way that the walls had smoke marks from the gas lights and from the coal fire. It made the room seem real.”

“costumes were adorable” 

“traditional, popular, entertaining” 

http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2016/01/21/review-gaslight-mirvish/

NOW

“David Woodhead’s set nicely evokes a Victorian drawing room, with sensitive, moody lighting by Howard Hudson.”

22 January 2016

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on GREY GARDENS at Southwark Playhouse.

Howard Hudson is Lighting Designer on GREY GARDENS at Southwark Playhouse.

Based on the iconic film, this tony award winning musical gets its European premiere. Starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, GREY GARDENS runs until 6th February 2016.

British Theatre.com ★★★★★ 

“the technical star of the show is lighting designer Howard Hudson, his ethereal lighting allows us to dismiss the house’s decay in Act one and brings the ghostly past into the present so perfectly. Subtlety pervades at all times but when combined with Rogers set and Jonathan Lipman’s costumes, the effects can be remarkable.”

http://britishtheatre.com/review-grey-gardens-southwark-playhouse-5stars/

The Londonist ★★★★★

“intensely moving production”

“mesmerising”

https://londonist.com/2016/01/review-sheila-hancock-smashes-the-london-fringe-at-82-in-musical-grey-gardens

The Stage ★★★★

“darkly insinuating appeal.”

“A hauntingly textured musical”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/grey-gardens-review-at-southwark-playhouse-london-haunting-and-superbly-acted/

Evening Standard ★★★★

“works its magic slowly but is ultimately moving”

“a triumph.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/grey-gardens-theatre-review-a-triumph-a3153601.html

The Express ★★★★

“a charmingly offbeat musical”

“A West End transfer surely beckons.”

http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/635123/Grey-Gardens-at-the-Southwark-Playhouse-Theatre-Review

The Guardian ★★★★ 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/10/grey-gardens-review-sheila-hanckock-odd-couple

14 October 2015

IN THE HEIGHTS transfers to Kings Cross Theatre!

IN THE HEIGHTS transfers to Kings Cross Theatre!

Luke Sheppard’s production of this Tony Award-winning musical transfers following its critically acclaimed and sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse last year. With Lighting by Howard Hudson, IN THE HEIGHTS has just extended its run in Kings Cross until January. 

The Stage ★★★★★ 

“a big contagious hug of a show”

“there's such energy here that you are utterly swept away.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/in-the-heights-at-kings-cross-theatre-london-thrilling-energy/  

West End Frame ★★★★★

“quite simply a musical like no other.” 

“Sheppard's direction is outstanding”

“back with a bang and better than ever. You, and everybody you know, have to see this show.”

http://www.westendframe.com/2015/10/review-in-heights-at-kings-cross-theatre.html

The Guardian ★★★★

“an utterly huggable and thrillingly exuberant celebration”

“A brilliantly enjoyable night that lights up London theatre.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/oct/14/in-the-heights-review-utterly-huggable-musical-lights-up-london

The Times ★★★★

“In Luke Sheppard’s production the show is fresh, vibrant and exuberant." 

“Sheppard’s traverse staging brings the audience thrillingly close to the narrow strip of high-octane action.”

“An exhilarating riot of passion, steam and swagger.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4584603.ece

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Joyous” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/in-the-heights-kings-cross_38938.html

London Theatre ★★★★★

“the show throbs with energy and exhilaration.”

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/intheheights15.htm

Time Out ★★★★

“This is musical theatre bursting with new life.”

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/in-the-heights

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