Mick Hughes (r) receives 2008 TMA Award for Best Lighting Design from Mark Jonathan

Mick Hughes

It is with much sadness that the ALD must report that internationally acclaimed lighting designer and ALD Fellow Mick Hughes passed away on 5th January 2018.

Much admired for his simple, clean and effective approach to lighting design Mick had a long list of credits across nearly fifty years of work in UK Theatre collaborating with many high-profile directors, designers and venues including Harold Pinter, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre.

He won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, and was awarded an ALD Fellowship in 2000.

ALD Chair Johanna Town who had often worked with Mick remembered him as “a beautiful and talented designer and generous and lovely man who was a great collaborator with the whole team. I will miss him being in this world but know he will live on in many people’s hearts and designs.”

Deputy Chair Mark Jonathan commented, “He was greatly loved and admired in the lighting community and taught so many of us so much.” 

The thoughts of the ALD are with Mick’s friends and family at this time, but especially with his long-time friend and agent Clare Fox, and production electrician Bill Wardroper who has spent much time supporting Mick recently.