Howard Hudson

Howard Hudson Portrait


Forthcoming and current work includes: 9 TO 5 (West End & UK Tour); THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4: THE MUSICAL (West End); & JULIET (Manchester Opera House & West End); GUYS & DOLLS (Sheffield Crucible); STREET SCENE (Opera North); THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Santa Fe Opera).

Theatre credits include: TITANIC (UK Tour, International & Charing Cross Theatre); VIOLET and RAGTIME (Charing Cross Theatre); KISS ME KATE (Sheffield Crucible); THE MESSIAH (UK Tour & The Other Palace); STRICTLY BALLROOM (West End); MADAGASCAR (Selladoor, UK Tour); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; ON THE TOWN (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); THE CHRISTMASAURUS (Hammersmith Apollo); THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4: THE MUSICAL (Menier Chocolate Factory & Leicester Curve); IN THE HEIGHTS (King’s Cross Theatre); ROMEO & JULIET (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, West End); STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and GASLIGHT (ATG, UK Tour); NIGHT MUST FALL (Original Theatre Company, UK Tour); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal & Derngate); THE RIVALS (Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Citizen’s, Glasgow); ECHO’S END; HEDDA GABLER; BEDROOM FARCE; SEPARATE TABLES (Salisbury Playhouse); THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (Mercury Colchester & UK Tour); CRAZY FOR YOU and TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (also UK Tour), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, OLIVER! and THE SECRET ADVERSARY (Watermill Theatre); SIDE SHOW; GREY GARDENS; CASA VALENTINA; DOGFIGHT; MACK AND MABEL; PARADE; (Southwark Playhouse); GRIMM TALES (Bargehouse & Shoreditch Town Hall) and TABOO (Brixton Club House).

International theatre credits include: GASLIGHT (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); TITANIC (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); JERSEY BOYS (Selladoor, International Tour); DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; EDUCATING RITA (English Theatre Frankfurt); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Operetta Theatre, Bucharest & Folketeateret, Oslo); 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: THE BARTERED BRIDE; FANTASIO; FIDELIO; VERT VERT (Garsington); THE MONSTROUS CHILD (Linbury, Royal Opera House); THE BARBER OF SEVILLE; MANSFIELD PARK (Grange Festival); WRITTEN ON SKIN (Philadelphia Opera); LA BOHÉME; DIE FLEDERMAUS and LAKME (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);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.

21 November 2019

★★★★★ & JULIET “one of the best new musicals in a while and then some”

★★★★★ & JULIET “one of the best new musicals in a while and then some”

This brand-new musical featuring the pop hits of Swedish songwriter Max Martin are framed in a glorious modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Luke Sheppard and with a Lighting Design by Howard Hudson.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“"Landing with a blast of steam cannons and air-punching glory, & JULIET achieves something few jukebox shows manage to do – balance out well-known cheesy pop tunes with a consistently fun story and top-tier West End production values."

"Director Luke Sheppard runs a tight ship, avoiding what could be a sweetly, oversaturated experience."

"You won't find many better nights out in the West End – if music be the food of love, then & JULIET serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of the highest standard."

The Stage ★★★★★

“you watch & Juliet, and it makes you want to hunt down the inventor of the jukebox musical and apologise to them for being a bit sniffy about the form in the past, because if they hadn’t invented the jukebox musical then we wouldn’t have had the privilege of seeing its apotheosis here.”

“Everyone has brought their A-game to Luke Sheppard’s production. “

“Nominally set in the past, with all kinds of shapes, sizes, colours and sexualities visible on stage, it feels more like a glorious vision of a Technicolor future. By the end, & Juliet almost resembles a rally. A story of woe? Hell no.”

Time Out ★★★★

“It’s basically ‘Romeo & Juliet’ rewritten into a sort of woke panto… it is a hoot.”

“Martin’s greatest hits sound immense, reconfigured into lush new Tudor-nodding arrangements. Most crucially, in a musical that Martin is heavily involved with, they’re deployed in ways that always find some emotional connection to the plot.”

Evening Standard ★★★★

“Each number is staged with frantic energy and laser precision by director Luke Sheppard and choreographer Jennifer Weber.”

London Theatre

“All the songs originate from a single songwriting source…And this likeable and sometimes spectacular production - directed by Luke Sheppard and choreographed by Jennifer Weber with vigour and discipline, gives them a full-bodied and full-blooded outing. Frequently resembling a series of pop videos come to life, it is performed with a glinting knowingness and powerful pop theatre voices.”

Daily Express

“Fittingly for a show which explores what might have happened if Juliet woke up and didn't use that dagger, this might just be the most 'woke' thing playing anywhere right now.”

“This is a bonkers romp through the most famous love story of all time via some of the biggest pop songs of all time… it is a ridiculous amount of fun and performed with enormous charm.”

The Telegraph

“nuanced direction from Luke Sheppard” 

04 March 2019

A “tremendously accomplished” premiere for THE MONSTROUS CHILD

A “tremendously accomplished” premiere for THE MONSTROUS CHILD

With a libretto by award-winning author Francesca Simon and a lighting design by Howard Hudson, THE MONSTROUS CHILD not only premiered in Covent Garden to great acclaim, but was also the inaugural opera for the newly renovated Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House.

Planet Hugill ★★★★ 1/2

“A first-time librettist, Simon has successfully created a libretto which allowed plenty of space for Higgins' music… the richly imagined sound-world complemented and extended the drama brilliantly.”

The Guardian ★★★★

“It’s a plot dense with detail but Simon’s tight, wittily macabre text conveys it clearly.”

“As an operatic debut… it is tremendously accomplished”

Culture Whisper ★★★★

“all the high production values of the main Royal Opera House upstairs, but also a rare intimacy.”

“it is simply great theatre with great music”

“Also making distinguished Royal Opera debuts are designer Paul Wills and lighting designer Howard Hudson, who create worlds of great contrasts: Odin's icy court with sumptuous creamy quilting and knits, Hel's horrid fiefdom, stripped of colour and light.”

Daily Express ★★★★

“The result is a glorious concoction, somewhere between mythology and pantomime”

The Stage ★★★★

“There’s a comic-grotesque brilliance to the show’s visuals that should appeal to children (and others) with a dark sense of humour.”

Bachtrack ★★★★

“inventive and superbly crafted”

“What Simon does so well is to engage the audience from the first moment and then set the pace at an ebb and flow that keeps you gripped throughout.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Simon’s crisp, unfussy libretto gives her characters plenty of reasons to sing, and Higgins’ score obliges [with] orchestral music that conjures a distinctive world for Hel to wrap herself up in.”

“well-crafted and lovingly staged”

Music OMH ★★★★


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30 August 2018

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is an extra-terrestrial ★★★★★ hit

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is an extra-terrestrial ★★★★★ hit

This year’s musical spectacular at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, directed by Maria Aberg and with Lighting Design by Howard Hudson.

The Times ★★★★★

“it’s gloriously succulent and deliciously sinister… exuberantly excessive, and as thrillingly, dangerously seductive as a beribboned bouquet of triffids.”

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“One might think it impossible to convey inner-city claustrophobia in a space as open and lovely as the Open Air Theatre but Scutt has succeeded, ably abetted – once the sun has gone down – by Howard Hudson's well considered lighting.”

“I would give it six stars if I could. Do not miss it. Joyous.”

London Theatre 1 ★★★★★

British ★★★★★

“for all its dark themes and deadly plant life, this new production is full of life and uplifting energy with a musical score that is a constant delight.”

The Up Coming ★★★★★

The Stage ★★★★

“Maria Aberg’s production is modern, snappy as a Venus flytrap and boasts more than a little bite.”

“This is a fast, intelligently paced show that makes full use of its open-air backdrop. The sunset gives a wistfulness to Audrey’s Somewhere That’s Green, which is sung from the rooftop of Mushnik’s shop, framed behind by the romantic and, we can only hope, non-carnivorous greenery of Regent’s Park.”

The Independent ★★★★

“Even (or especially) if you think you know the material backwards, you’d be mad to miss this uplifting revival… the production looks and sounds terrific and offers a genuinely bracing new vision of this piece.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Throughout, there’s a perfect balance of tones: subversive horticultural horror with a gentle emotional core. Rooper’s “Somewhere That’s Green” is heart-stopping in its yearning simplicity (and, last night, a real sunset obligingly matched Howard Hudson’s dreamy lighting).”

Time Out ★★★★

Culture Whisper ★★★★

The Gay UK ★★★★

Stage Review ★★★★

The Guardian ★★★★

Broadway World UK ★★★★

London Theatre ★★★★

25 June 2018

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE delights at The Grange Festival

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE delights at The Grange Festival

This “busily engaging and highly theatrical” new production at The Grange Festival featured Design by Andrew Edwards and Lighting Design by Howard Hudson.

Mark Aspen Reviews ★★★★★

“There have been some brilliant productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, but this one beats them all… by a whisker!”

Bachtrack ★★★★

“the curtain withdraws to reveal a giant bust, from the snout of which unfurls a magnificent moustache-shaped hedge that covers much of the stage, a vivid green speckled with fruit.”

“Period and modern clash with riotous results.”

“this was a corker of an evening – one to catch if at all possible.”

The Stage ★★★★

“a witty design by Andrew D Edwards”

“Charles Rice as Figaro is a charismatic presence right from his famous first aria, while David Soar as the heavyweight Don Basilio also boasts impressive talent.”

Planet Hugill ★★★★

“This was a busily engaging performance… drawing strong performances out of the cast to ensure that the wit and musical brilliance of Rossini's opera came over”

“The central part of the set, with its revolve worked very well for the production and the imagination and wit of the designs contributed to the fun”

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”


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.”


The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“gorgeous set”

“one of the finest pieces in musical history”


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.”

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."

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.”

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.”

The Idependent ★★★★★ 

"perfectly capturing the inherently comic nature of puberty."

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

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.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

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

“Luke Sheppard’s ebullient yet compact staging”

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.”

The Times ★★★★

“You really can’t help but laugh.”

“It’s perfect summer holiday fare.” 

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.”

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”


The Guardian - ★★★★ 

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

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


The Observer - ★★★★ 

“Howard Hudson’s wonderful lighting” 

“was completely taken aback by On the Town”


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.”


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”


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”


The Times - ★★★★

“lavish and imaginative rendering”

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



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.”

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.” 

Telegraph ★★★★

“classy production” 

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.”

Birmingham Mail ★★★★

Tamworth Herald 

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

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.”  

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.”

The Stage ★★★★

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

“clever and funny and desperately sad”

Broadway World ★★★★

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

“The whole production is slick and clever.”

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. ★★★★★

"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." ★★★★   

"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"

The Stage ★★★★   

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


"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"

The Arts Desk 

"Matthew Cole provides ingenious and frequently witty choreography"

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."

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” 

The Stage ★★★★★

“A triumphant reclamation”

“a knockout production” 

Broadway World ★★★★★

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

London Theatre ★★★★★

“This is musical theatre at its best”

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.”

Financial Times ★★★★

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.”   

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“thanks also to Howard Hudson's cunning lighting”

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

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?”

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”  

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.”

What’s On Stage ★★★★

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

“a blissful evening.”

Music OMH ★★★★★ 

“both clever and enjoyable.” 

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

The Times ★★★★

“a rather batty pleasure.”

Bachtrack ★★★★

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

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

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.”

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”

Evening Standard ✮✮✮✮

“terribly moving”

The Independent ✮✮✮✮


“a compelling - and humbling - show.”

What’s On Stage ✮✮✮✮

“undeniably powerful”

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”

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”  

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" 

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!”

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.” 

The Upcoming ★★★★★

“The costumes are flawless”

“impresses on every level.” 

The Telegraph ★★★★

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

“ingenious lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“many moments of magnificence.”

The Guardian ★★★★

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


London Theatre ★★★★★

“a must-see" 

“piercing, agonisingly beautiful”

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“elegantly crafted” 

“vigorous and ultimately moving”

“combines sensitivity with ambition”

Gay Times


“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”

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”

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“a fine production.” 

“sensitively performed with vitality and pace.” 

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.” 

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"


“a hot-headed, hot-blooded Verona” 

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”  

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 ★★★★


“Effective revival” 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★


“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”  

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.”

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”

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.”

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”


“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 ★★★★★ 

“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.”

The Londonist ★★★★★

“intensely moving production”


The Stage ★★★★

“darkly insinuating appeal.”

“A hauntingly textured musical”

Evening Standard ★★★★

“works its magic slowly but is ultimately moving”

“a triumph.”

The Express ★★★★

“a charmingly offbeat musical”

“A West End transfer surely beckons.”

The Guardian ★★★★

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.”  

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.”

The Guardian ★★★★

“an utterly huggable and thrillingly exuberant celebration”

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

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.”

What’s On Stage ★★★★


London Theatre ★★★★★

“the show throbs with energy and exhilaration.”

Time Out ★★★★

“This is musical theatre bursting with new life.”