In Memoriam: Mick Hughes, Lighting Designer

by Michael Eddy
Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

The Association of Lighting Designers in the UK reported that lighting designer and ALD Fellow Mick Hughes passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 79. Much admired for his simple, clean, and effective approach to lighting design Hughes had a long list of credits across nearly 50 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 Hughes 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 Hughes’ 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 Hughes recently.

Further information from the Association of Lighting Designers: www.ald.org.uk