2019 Winner of the Hawthorn Award for


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Neil Austin (collected by Bryan Raven)

Company - Gielgud Theatre

SHORTLISTED: Sherry Coenen for Operation Mincemeant, New Diorama, and Jamie Platt for Mythic, Charing Cross Theatre.

© Brinkhoff Moegenburg

© Brinkhoff Moegenburg

KOI Judges’ comments


“Neil’s lighting beautifully matched the emotional shifts of the Sondheim numbers and caught the Alice in Wonderland-like tone of the production. The mellow tones of the lighting for Sorry/Grateful were counterpointed by the neon blaze for Side by Side, yet all felt part of the same show.”

Michael Billington