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Hugh Vanstone

Lighting designer


English lighting designer Hugh Vanstone made his Royal Ballet debut in 2013, creating the lighting for Carlos Acosta’s staging of Don Quixote.

Vanstone was born in Exeter and trained there at Northcott Theatre. He has designed the lighting for more than 160 productions and has worked for most of the UK’s national theatre companies and extensively on Broadway. His credits include Strictly Ballroom (Sydney, Australia), Le Bal des Vampires (Paris), Matilda, Ghost, Shrek and La Bête (all West End and Broadway), I’ll Eat You Last: a Chat with Sue Mengers (Broadway), The Wizard of Oz (West End, Toronto and US tour), Birthday (Royal Court), The Physicists and The Late Middle Classes (Donmar) and The Real Thing (Old Vic).

Vanstone’s awards for lighting design include three Olivier Awards in 1999, 2001 and 2004 and the 2013 Tony Award for Matilda on Broadway.

News and features

Ballet Essentials: Don Quixote

3 October 2013
Ballet Essentials: Don Quixote

Our quick guide to Carlos Acosta's vibrant staging of Marius Petipa's exuberant ballet.

Watch: Carlos Acosta on his new production of Don Quixote

20 August 2013
Watch: Carlos Acosta on his new production of Don Quixote

Petipa's classic ballet is given an exciting contemporary twist by The Royal Ballet's Principal Guest Artist.