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Mark Henderson

Lighting designer


Mark Henderson made his Royal Ballet debut in 1990 on David Bintley’s The Planets and has since returned to work for The Royal Ballet on The Judas Tree, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Don Quixote, Daphnis and Chloë, The Sleeping Beauty and Les Saisons, and revival lighting designs for The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. For The Royal Opera he has created lighting designs for Der fliegende Holländer, La traviata, Palestrina, Sophie’s Choice, Tosca, Don Carlo and Manon Lescaut.

Henderson has lit more than seventy productions for the National Theatre, and works widely in the West End and on Broadway, with credits including Funny Girl, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, ENRON, The King’s Speech, The Sound of Music, Marguerite, The History Boys, Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Opera credits include The Flying Dutchman for English National Opera, The Turn of the Screw, Hippolyte et Aricie, Don Giovanni and The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival and Tosca for Welsh National Opera. In ballet he has worked for Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet (Giselle) and Rambert. He has also designed events for Kate Bush, Eddie Izzard and French and Saunders among others.

Henderson’s many awards include the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design (1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2016) and a Tony Award (2006). Along with his work in the theatre he has lit fashion shows and in television and film, and was involved in the Royal Court’s re-development.