Sam Waddington

Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Designs include: The Country Wife, Superhero (Southwark Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard, Lucky Stiff  (The Union Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Morley Theatre Company), Seesaw, Big Love (Unicorn Theatre), Top Hat, Treating Odette, Anything Goes, Wallis, Legally Blonde (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Joy (Gerry's, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Remember, Remember (Norden Farm Centre for the Arts), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace Studio), Skate Hard, Turn Left (Battersea Arts Centre), Spring Storm (The North Wall Theatre for Oxford School of Drama), The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), Daddy's Girl (Brick Hall, The Vaults), Birthday Suit, The Past is a Tattooed Sailor (Old Red Lion Theatre), Legally Blonde (Watford Palace Theatre), The Great Divide(Finborough Theatre), Richard III (Swan Theatre, RSC/Leicester Square Theatre for CVP), RAZ  (UK Tour), Sweet Charity(Embassy Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Three Tryers (Landor Theatre), The World Goes Round, The Clockmaker’s Daughter in Concert, Rhythm of Life (St James Theatre Studio), La Ronde (Etcetera Theatre), Red the Wolf Slayer (Webber Douglas Studio)

As Associate Lighting Designer: For David W Kidd: The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre), For Matt Daw: Rules for Living (English Touring Theatre), Wasted (West Yorkshire Playhouse), For Christopher Nairne: La bohème (Iford Arts), For Simon Gethin Thomas: Battleface, One Cold Dark Night (Bush Theatre), For Nick Moran: Singin’ in the Rain (Watford Palace Theatre), West Side Story (Embassy Theatre)

As Assistant Lighting Designer: For Matt Daw: Secret Cinema presents 28 Days Later, For Hugh Vanstone: The Caretaker, The Master Builder (The Old Vic), For Jon Clark: The Lorax (The Old Vic), Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Lyceum), For Tim Deiling: American Idiot (Arts Theatre), For Richard Lambert: The Clockmaker’s Daughter, In the Dead of Night (Landor Theatre)

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Our Town Theatre The North Wall Theatre
Oxford School of Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Alice Malin
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jun 2018
Not Now, Bernard Theatre Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Argent
Set designer: Natalie Pryce
May 2018
Return to the Forbidden Planet Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ovation
Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Amy Yardley
May 2018
The Country Wife Theatre Southwark Playhouse
Morphic Graffiti
Lighting Designer Director: Luke Fredericks
Set designer: Stewart Charlesworth
Mar 2018
The Cherry Orchard Theatre The Union Theatre
The Phil Willmott Company
Lighting Designer Director: Phil Willmott
Set designer: Justin Williams
Mar 2018
Salome Opera ABAO-OLBE, Bilbao
Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Bruno Poet
Director: Francisco Negrin
Set designer: Louis Desirè
Feb 2018
ART Theatre Cambridge Arts Theatre, then touring
David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus/Ellie Jones
Set designer: Mark Thompson
Feb 2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Morley Theatre Company
Morley Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Lisa Cagnacci
Feb 2018
Seesaw Theatre Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Argent
Set designer: Verity Quinn
Jan 2018
Top Hat Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ovation
Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Emily Bestow
Dec 2017
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Theatre West Yorkshire Playhouse
Elliott Harper Productions
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Bruno Poet
Director: Sally Cookson
Set designer: Rae Smith
Nov 2017
A Christmas Carol Theatre The Old Vic
The Old Vic
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus
Set designer: Rob Howell
Nov 2017
The Velveteen Rabbit Theatre Unicorn Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: David W Kidd
Director: Purni Morell
Set designer: James Button
Mar 2017, Nov 2017
The Empire of Light Theatre Théâtre National de Bretagne, then touring
National Theatre of Korea
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Ingi Bekk
Director: Arthur Nauzyciel
Set designer: Riccardo Hernandez
Nov 2017
Joy Theatre Gerry's, Theatre Royal Stratford East
clamour
Lighting Designer Director: Melanie Fullbrook
Set designer: Carla Goodman
Oct 2017
Lucky Stiff Musical The Union Theatre
The Union Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Callen
Set designer: Reuben Speed
Sep 2017
35mm: A Musical Exhibition Musical The Other Palace Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Natalia Alvarez/Lauren Woodward
Sep 2017
Rules for Living Theatre Royal & Derngate Theatre, then touring
English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Rose Theatre Kingston
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Matt Daw
Director: Simon Godwin
Set designer: Lily Arnold
Sep 2017
Treating Odette Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ovation
Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Emily Bestow
Jul 2017
Skate Hard, Turn Left Theatre Battersea Arts Centre Lighting Designer Director: Jemima James
Set designer: Ruth Sutcliffe
Jul 2017
Superhero Musical Southwark Playhouse
Tim Johanson Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jun 2017
Spring Storm Theatre The North Wall Theatre
Oxford School of Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Alice Malin
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jun 2017
La Boheme Opera Iford Arts
Iford Arts
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Christopher Nairne
Director: Christopher Cowell
Set designer: Eleanor Wdowski
May 2017
Big Love Theatre Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Young Company
Lighting Designer Director: Purni Morell/Christian Roe
Apr 2017
The Velveteen Rabbit Theatre Unicorn Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: David W Kidd
Director: Purni Morell
Set designer: James Button
Mar 2017, Nov 2017
The Sorrows of Satan Musical Tristan Bates Theatre
Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Michael Conley
Feb 2017
Daddy's Girl Theatre Brick Hall, The Vaults
Three Streets Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Alice Malin
Jan 2017
Birthday Suit Theatre Old Red Lion Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Alice Malin
Set designer: Georgia De Grey
Jan 2017
Anything Goes Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Emily Bestow
Dec 2016
ART Theatre The Old Vic Draftsperson Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus
Set designer: Mark Thompson
Dec 2016
Legally Blonde Musical Watford Palace Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Sam Gaines
Nov 2016
Tanz der Vampire Musical MDM Theatre, Moscow
Stage Entertainment
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Hugh Vantstone
Director: Cornelius Baltus
Set designer: Kentaur
Oct 2016
Wasted Musical West Yorkshire Playhouse Courtyard Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Mat Daw
Director: Adam Lenson
Set designer: Bec Chippendale
Oct 2016
Battleface Theatre Bush Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Simon Gethin Thomas
Director: Joe Murphy
Set designer: Olivia Altaras
Oct 2016
One Cold Dark Night Theatre Bush Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Simon Gethin Thomas
Director: Omar Elerian
Set designer: Olivia Altaras
Sep 2016
R and D Theatre Hampstead Theatre Downstairs Draftsperson Lighting designer: Joshua Gadsby
Director: Nadia Fall
Set designer: Ben Stones
Sep 2016
The Great Divide Theatre Finborough Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rory McGregor
Set designer: Sebastian Noel
Sep 2016
Tanz der Vampire Musical Saint Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy
Stage Entertainment
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Cornelius Baltus
Set designer: Kentaur
Aug 2016
The Past is a Tattooed Sailor Theatre Old Red Lion Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Jeffrey Mayhew
Set designer: Rosie Mayhew
Aug 2016
Richard III Theatre Swan Theatre/Leicester Square Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Imogen Beech
Set designer: Evelyn Hunter
Jun 2016, Jul 2016
Richard III Theatre Swan Theatre/Leicester Square Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Imogen Beech
Set designer: Evelyn Hunter
Jun 2016, Jul 2016
Wallis Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Emily Bestow
May 2016
The Empire of Light Theatre CDN Orléans Draftsperson Lighting designer: Ingi Bekk
Director: Arthur Nauzyciel
Set designer: Riccardo Hernandez
May 2016
RAZ Theatre The Lowry, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Banks
May 2016
Secret Cinema presents 28 Days Later Environmental Secret Cinema Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Matt Daw
Director: Fabien Riggall
Set designer: Tim McQuillen Wright
Apr 2016
The Caretaker Theatre The Old Vic Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus
Set designer: Rob Howell
Mar 2016
Sweet Charity Musical Embassy Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Banks
Set designer: Andrew D Edwards
Feb 2016
The World Goes Round Concert St James Theatre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Kris Rawlinson
Feb 2016
The Master Builder Theatre The Old Vic Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Hugh Vanstone
Director: Matthew Warchus
Set designer: Rob Howell
Jan 2016
Legally Blonde Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse Lighting Designer Director: John Plews
Set designer: Isobel Power Smith
Dec 2015
The Lorax Musical The Old Vic Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jon Clark
Director: Max Webster
Set designer: Rob Howell
Dec 2015
Singin' in the Rain Musical Watford Palace Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Nick Moran
Director: Nikki Scott
Nov 2015
The Clockmaker's Daughter in Concert Concert St James Theatre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Robert McWhir
Nov 2015
Tipping The Velvet Theatre Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Lyceum Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jon Clark
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Set designer: Lizzie Clachan
Sep 2015, Oct 2015
Eventide Theatre The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, then touring Touring Re-Lighter Lighting designer: Simon Gethin Thomas
Oct 2015
Ticking Theatre Trafalgar Studios 2 Draftsperson Lighting designer: Max Blackman
Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Oct 2015
La Ronde Theatre Etcetera Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Jenny Quayle
Set designer: Milda Samsonaite
Sep 2015
Tipping The Velvet Theatre Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Lyceum Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jon Clark
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Set designer: Lizzie Clachan
Sep 2015, Oct 2015
Thoroughly Modern Millie Musical Landor Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Illife
Set designer: Andrew Riley
Aug 2015
The 3 Tryers Theatre Landor Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Paul Nicholas Dyke
Aug 2015
An Evening with Tim McArthur Concert Landor Theatre Lighting Designer Jul 2015
American Idiot Musical Arts Theatre Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Tim Deiling
Director: Racky Plews
Set designer: Sara Perks
Jul 2015
The Gathered Leaves Theatre Park Theatre Draftsperson Lighting designer: Paul Colwell
Director: Antony Eden
Set designer: James Perkins
Jul 2015
Rhythm of Life Theatre St James Theatre Studio Lighting Designer Director: Robert McWhir
Jul 2015
Red the Wolf Slayer Musical Webber Douglas Studio Lighting Designer Director: Sherrill Gow
Set designer: Hannah Wastnidge
Jun 2015
The Clockmaker's Daughter Musical Landor Theatre Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Richard Lambert
Director: Robert McWhir
Set designer: David Shields
May 2015
In the Dead of Night Theatre Landor Theatre Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Richard Lambert
Director: Claudio Macor
Set designer: Paul Nicholas Dyke
Apr 2015
West Side Story Musical Embassy Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Nick Moran
Director: Ed Hughes
Set designer: Sara Perks
Mar 2015
Happy Birthday Without You Theatre Tricycle Theatre
PaperMash Theatre
Draftsperson Lighting designer: Max Blackman
Director: Ruby Thompson
Jan 2015

The Country Wife

Any aside by a character – this production makes you realise how many there are – is accompanied by a dipping of light. It’s an impressive technical feat by lighting designer Sam Waddington; it also repunctuates the play, giving it the flicker of film. It becomes not only a series of dialogues between characters but a series of internal discussions. With a witty apogee when one aside, frozen in light, consists only of a gasp.
Susannah Clapp, The Observer 15/04/2018

The Cherry Orchard

Enhanced by an atmospheric lighting design by Sam Waddington
Nick Wayne, Pocket Size Theatre 19/03/2018

Seesaw

The faltering confrontations between the boy and girl – accented by Sam Waddington’s emotional lighting states – powerfully reflect the extreme highs and lows of young friendship
Miriam Gillinson, The Guardian 05/02/2018

Top Hat

Lit impeccably
Julian Eaves, BritishTheatre.com 18/12/2017
The lighting ebbs and flows with the music & action, and guides us nicely along through all of the different locations the show demands. Never missing the musical nuances or the costume bling, Sam shows an experienced hand on the lighting
Richard Lambert, TheatreReviews.Design 16/12/2017
Sam Waddington’s lighting design is a lesson in how to light a space of its kind, a delightfully lit production
Mark Swale, Pocket Size Theatre 16/12/2017

Lucky Stiff

Glamorising the emptiness, pools and shafts of wonderful light from Sam Waddington give character and mood to the otherwise deserted terrain
Julian Eaves, BritishTheatre.com 01/10/2017
Angular and dynamic lighting... (designed perfectly by Sam Waddington)
Colm Molloy, The 730 Review 30/09/2017

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Sam Waddington is here to light it all with his trademark skill
Julian Eaves, BritishTheatre.com 25/09/2017

Superhero

"Usually details like the lighting and sound are good enough to support the performance but not quite good enough to stand out as their own craft. In this case the lighting was as original and exciting as the rest of the musical. Many of the scene changes and mood settings relied almost completely on the lighting. Sam Waddington, lighting designer, demonstrated a level of craft and skill that matched the efforts from all involved."
Christian Fisher, The Weekender 06/07/2017
"Lenson’s triumphant direction of a fiendishly complicated web of strands in the story, punctuated with near-perfection by Waddington’s 300 or so lighting cues, is a miracle of stagecraft."
Julian Eaves, BritishTheatre.com 04/07/2017
"Cinematically lit by Sam Waddington, who manages to create a Marvel-worthy apparition."
Francesca Peschier, Exeunt Magazine 03/07/2017
"Sam Waddington’s lighting design is crisp and clear, giving definition between states of past and present and taking us into new worlds at the push of a button."
Max May, Live Theatre UK 03/07/2017
"The constant change of setting and flashbacks could prove a challenge. However, through clever direction and a clever lighting plot, this was overcome easily."
Sarah McPartlan, Musical Theatre Musings 01/07/2017
"Director Adam Lenson's work, combined with lighting designer Sam Waddington and sound designer Andy Hinton, is what makes the musical run smoothly and clearly through the various time jumps. Via interesting use of lighting and a slight echo, Colin travels from his memories with his family to the courtroom."
Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World 01/07/2017

The Sorrows of Satan

Sam Waddington – that upcoming genius of the theatre – lights it all with his customary brilliance and economy, and is especially adept in opening up the different ‘layers’ of the script.
Julian Eaves, BritishTheatre.com 24/02/2017
Sam Waddington’s lighting designs are kind and responsive, allowing in the second act for the quick switching of states and the opening up of a more performative space.
Max May, Live Theatre UK 23/02/2017

Anything Goes

The lighting design by Sam Waddington and musical direction by Dan Glover also add to the high standard of professionalism of this production.
Musical Theatre Review 20/12/2016
The lighting (Sam Waddington) is very sympathetic to the piece. It conveys location and time of day whilst maintaining the delicate balance between visibility and atmosphere. Expertly achieved
Richard Lambert, TheatreReviews.Design 16/12/2016

The Great Divide

Light and darkness (controlled expertly by Sam Waddington) play their part, whether for beauty and atmosphere or to establish the grinding repetition of factory work and the horror of fire and smoke.
Judi Herman, Jewish Renaissance 10/09/2016

The Past is a Tattooed Sailor

The Lighting Design (Sam Waddington) was perfect. Expertly transporting us from interior drawing room to sunny glades while maintaining visibility of actor’s faces. Enough dynamic variations to keep it interesting."
Richard Lambert, TheatreReviews.Design 13/08/2016

RAZ

Faultless sound and light cues further enhance
David Upton, British Theatre Guide 16/05/2016
The lighting, music and sound effects were all incredible, successfully setting the scene of where Shane was. Along with adding incredibly humorous elements such as location changes and the downing of drinks with perfect timing
Ellie Close, North West End 16/05/2016

Legally Blonde

...all given full value by Sam Waddington – Lighting Designer
Aline Waites, Ham and High 21/12/2015

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Both the set and period-but-greyish costumes are given brush-strokes of class in Sam Waddington's richly toned lighting design.
Johnny Fox, Londonist 27/08/2015
Sam Waddington lights proceedings with a sure eye and real skill, so that shadows dance and hover in an appropristely romantic/spooky way depending upon the scene
Stephen Collins, BritishTheatre.com 27/08/2015
Theatre:
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Pantomime
Opera:
  • 'Country House'
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07791 795277

Email address

sam.waddington@live.co.uk

Website www.samwaddington.co.uk