Since his arrival in London from New York many years ago, David Hersey has designed the lighting for hundreds of plays, musicals, operas and ballets. He was lighting consultant to the National Theatre for ten years and is a past chairman and current fellow of the Association of Lighting Designers. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University. His many awards include Tonys for Best Lighting Design for Evita, Cats and Les Misérables plus the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Burning Blue, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night. He received Tony nominations for The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Starlight Express, Miss Saigon and Oklahoma! and Olivier nominations for Oliver!, Glengarry Glen Ross, Martin Guerre, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and The Coast of Utopia. The production of My Fair Lady received the 2001 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.
A keen yachtsman, David completed a two-year sabbatical during which he sailed his yacht around the world. Since his return, he has designed the lighting for productions including South Pacific, Coast of Utopia, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Anything Goes in the West End. Following on from the opening on Broadway of Oklahoma! was Les Misérables. His latest designs to open in the West End include Porgy and Bess, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and Equus.
David founded DHA Lighting, industry leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist lighting equipment and effects. He has designed lighting extravaganzas at the Mirage, Treasure Island and Belaggio hotels in Las Vegas, and his work can be seen in theme parks in Florida and Italy.