Patrick Woodroffe Wins Whatsonstage Award for Best Lighting Design

by Michael Eddy
Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell
Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell

The 18th annual WhatsOnStage Awards were held on Sunday, February 25th at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. These awards are the only major accolades in the UK where the audience are the judges. As the leading lighting supplier to West End theater, White Light sponsored the Best Lighting Design Award which was won by Patrick Woodroffe for his work on Bat Out of Hell.

Running at the London Coliseum last year, Bat Out of Hell uses the music of Meatloaf’s iconic album to tell the story of rebellious lead Strat who falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Obsidian. It was lit by Woodroffe whose career spans over 40 years. His work covers the fields of contemporary and classical music, opera, film, television, architecture, and musical theater.

The White Light team with lighting designers Charlie Morgan Jones, Prema Mehta, Nic Farman, Declan Randall, and Jess Bernberg

Bryan Raven, WL’s Managing Director, comments: “We were delighted to once again sponsor this year’s Best Lighting Design Award. We have worked with Patrick on several projects now, including the recent tour of The Band along with the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition at the V & A Museum, and it’s fantastic that he has won this accolade for the first time.”

The biggest winner of the evening was 42nd Street, which won Best Costume Design and Best Set Design along with Best Musical Revival, Best Choreography. Peter Mumford’s design for the show was also nominated for the Best Lighting Design Award.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh comments: “2017 was such a strong year for theater, and it’s wonderful to see such a broad cross section of work recognized in this year’s awards – many of the nominees were running neck and neck during the voting process due to the strength of talent represented.”

Raven adds: “The WhatsOnStage Awards are truly unique in the sense that they are one of very few that are solely decided by the audience. Ultimately, shows are there to serve their audiences and it only makes sense that the work/performances that they admired the most should receive recognition. It also marks our continued commitment to celebrating the very best of the theater industry, as seen with our sponsorship of the OffWestEnd Awards and the Tonic Theatre Awards; both recognizing theater at all levels”.

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