Lighting wins theatre gong

BEHIND-the-scenes work at a Sheffield theatre came in for praise at a national awards ceremony.

Lighting designer Neil Austin was crowned winner of a Theatre Musicals gong for his work on the Christmas production of Stephen Sondheim’s comedy musical Company, at the Crucible.

His abilities in illuminating the stage saw him beat off competition from fellow designers Mark Henderson for Sweeney Todd at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Bruno Poet for Coram Boy at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

The awards were organised by the Society of Television, Lighting and Design, the Association of Lighting Designers and Clay Paky.

Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, said: “Neil is an extraordinary artist and we are extremely proud of this achievement. His lighting designs are always evocative, daring and exciting.”