Mark Henderson for Sunset Boulevard, English National Opera

Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 Theatre shortlist announced

The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) Theatre judging panel has announced its eagerly anticipated shortlist for this year's ceremony, which will take place at London's iconic Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Sunday 18th September.


Now in its 9th year, the KOI Awards is a celebration of the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK across TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events. The Knight of Illumination Awards is organised by revered lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his partner Jennie, prestigious industry organisations the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and the Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD) and content creation, communications and events agency The Fifth Estate Ltd.


The Theatre shortlist is the first to be revealed, after a panel of senior critics from national newspapers and magazines deliberated over the finest lighting and video work in the categories of Dance, Musicals, Opera, Plays and Projection Design.


The shortlist is as follows (ALD Members in bold):



Chris Davey for 1984, Northern Ballet;

Michael Hulls for Conceal | Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Sadler's Wells; and

Charles Webber for COAL, Gary Clarke Company, touring 

Judges by Jonathan Gray of the Dancing Times and Mark Monahan of the Daily Telegraph



Christopher Akerlind for Into the Woods, Menier Chocolate Factory;

Mark Henderson for Sunset Boulevard, English National Opera; and

David Hersey for Show Boat, Sheffield Crucible

Judges Georgina Brown of the Mail on Sunday and Matt Trueman of Variety



Lee Curran for Orphée et Eurydice, Royal Opera House;

Mark Howland for Pelléas et Mélisande, English Touring Opera; and

Joachim Klein for Saul, Glyndebourne Festival

Judges: Alexandra Coghlan of The Spectator and Richard Fairman of the Financial Times



Lucy Carter for Husbands and Sons, Dorfman, National Theatre

Jane Cox for The Flick, Dorfman, National Theatre 

Jan Versweyveld for Songs from Far Away, Young Vic

Judges Georgina Brown of the Mail on Sunday and Matt Trueman of Variety



Will Duke for The Encounter, Edinburgh International Festival/The Barbican 

Gergő His and Róbert Zentai for The Magic Flute, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Southbank Centre

Peter Mumford for The Ring Cycle, Opera North

Judged by the full panel


Culture critic and broadcaster David Benedict is chairperson of the Theatre category. Formerly arts editor of the Independent and the Observer and chief London critic for Variety, he currently reviews for BBC Radio 4 arts programmes and The Arts Desk. "In this, the ninth year of the KOI Awards, working conditions for lighting designers continue to be extremely pressurised but the quality of imagination and execution in the nominated work remains as high as ever," he states. "We have also seen developments in the use of projection design, as both a dramatic and a design device. It is growing ever more sophisticated across all forms of live theatre, from opera to small-scale dance, and so picking a winner is getting harder every year." 


"Once again the Theatre judges have an exciting range of theatrical lighting and projection design to appraise and this process has raised the awareness in our national press of the value and contribution of good lighting and visual imagery to the creative arts performed in the UK," says Durham Marenghi. "All those nominated and all those who create with light in this country should be proud of the standards that are regularly achieved and we at the Knight of Illumination Awards are proud to recognise these skills."


The Headline Sponsors of this year's Awards edition are Clay Paky and OSRAM. The Awards is also generously supported by Spotlight Sponsors Ambersphere Solutions, Ayrton, d3 Technologies, Elation Professional, ETC, FIX8Group, Hawthorn, HSL, Light Initiative, MA Lighting, Philips Vari-Lite, PLASA Media and Events, PRG XL Video, Robert Juliat, SGM and VER Aurora TV.


The Theatre winners will be announced at the KOI Awards ceremony on September 18th at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.