Sam Waddington

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2020Glorious lighting throughout
Richard Lambert
theatrereviews.design
2020Sam Waddington's lighting is almost a character in its own right, coming into its own for the Shadow Waltz number
David Guest
thereviewshub.com
2020Impressive lighting design
Patrick Honoré
musicaltheatrereview.com
2019Powerful lighting
Anna James
thestage.co.uk
2019Scenes flow quickly into one another with a cinematic speed using Sam Waddington’s lighting design
Maryam Philpott
thereviewshub.com
2019...A grippingly fast pace throughout, which is enabled by Sam Waddington’s lighting design
Jonathan Marshall
theupcoming.co.uk
2019Sam Waddington’s glamorously dramatic lighting design
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2019Very effective lighting
Keith Mckenna
britishtheatreguide.info
2019Everything is handsomely lit by Sam Waddington
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2019The lighting design is focused and gives the already energetic vibe the last spur of stamina
Cindy Marcolina
broadwayworld.com
2019Matt Daw and Sam Waddington’s clever lighting adds both location and nuance to the show
Jonathan Baz
jonathanbaz.com
2019Matt Daw and Sam Waddington’s lighting design is particularly effective and makes limitless possibilities arise in the small space
Lani Calvert
musicaltheatrereview.com
2019Joe Bunker's band are as much part of the show as Matt Daw and Sam Waddington's exciting lighting.
Alun Hood
whatsonstage.com
2019The silent heroes of this production however are Owen Crouch’s sound design, and Sam Waddington’s skillful lighting
Curious Mum
curiousmum.co.uk
2019Sam Waddington’s lighting design skilfully moves the action between the two locations – home and garden
Jo Caird
thestage.co.uk
2019Lit glamorously by Sam Waddington
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2019Magnificently lit by Sam Waddington
Aline Waites
remotegoat.com
2018It’s an impressive technical feat by lighting designer Sam Waddington; it repunctuates the play, giving it the flicker of film.
Susannah Clapp
theguardian.com
2018Enhanced by an atmospheric lighting design by Sam Waddington
Nick Wayne
pocketsizetheatre.com
2018Accented by Sam Waddington’s emotional lighting states
Miriam Gillinson
theguardian.com
2018Sam Waddington’s lighting design is a lesson in how to light a space of its kind, a delightfully lit production
Mark Swale
pocketsizetheatre.com
2018Lit impeccably
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2018Never missing the musical nuances or the costume bling, Sam shows an experienced hand on the lighting
Richard Lambert
theatrereviews.design
2017Angular and dynamic lighting... (designed perfectly by Sam Waddington)
Colm Molloy
the730review.co.uk
2017Glamorising the emptiness, pools and shafts of wonderful light from Sam Waddington give character and mood
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2017Sam Waddington is here to light it all with his trademark skill
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2017Director Adam Lenson's work, combined with lighting designer Sam Waddington, is what makes the musical run smoothly and clearly
Cindy Marcolina
broadwayworld.com
2017Punctuated with near-perfection by Waddington’s 300 or so lighting cues, is a miracle of stagecraft
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2017Cinematically lit by Sam Waddington, who manages to create a Marvel-worthy apparition
Francesca Peschier
exeuntmagazine.com
2017The lighting was as original and exciting as the rest of the musical
Christian Fisher
weekender.co.uk
2017The constant change of setting and flashbacks could prove challenging. However, through a clever lighting plot, this was overcome easily
Sarah MacPartlan
musicaltheatremusings.co.uk
2017Waddington’s lighting design is crisp and clear, giving definition between states of past and present, taking us into new worlds
Max May
livetheatreuk.co.uk
2017Sam Waddington’s designs are kind and responsive, allowing in the second act for a more performative space.
Max May
livetheatreuk.co.uk
2017Sam Waddington – that upcoming genius of the theatre – lights it all with his customary brilliance
Julian Eaves
britishtheatre.com
2017The lighting design by Sam Waddington and musical direction also add to the high standard of professionalism of this production
Musical Theatre Review
musicaltheatrereview.com
2017The lighting (Sam Waddington) is very sympathetic to the piece. Expertly achieved
Richard Lambert
theatrereviews.design
2016Light & darkness are controlled expertly, whether for beauty & atmosphere or to establish the horror of fire & smoke
Judi Herman
jewishrenaissance.org.uk
2016The lighting was perfect. Expertly transporting from drawing room to sunny glades with enough dynamic variations to keep it interesting
Richard Lambert
theatrereviews.design
2016The lighting, music and sound effects were all incredible, successfully setting the scene of where Shane was
Ellie Close
northwestend.co.uk
2016Faultless sound and light cues further enhance
David Upton
britishtheatreguide.info
2016...all given full value by Sam Waddington - Lighting Designer
Aline Waites
hamhigh.co.uk
2015Both the set and the period-but-greyish costumes are given brush-strokes of class in Sam Waddington’s richly toned lighting design.
Johnny Fox
londonist.com
2015Sam Waddington lights proceedings with a sure eye and real skill, shadows dance and hover in an appropriately romantic/spooky way
Stephen Collins
britishtheatre.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019 - 2020Lighting Designer
Theatre
42nd Street
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2019 - 2020Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2019 - 2020UK Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Matthew Warchus
Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2019 - 2020Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
Mary Poppins
Richard Eyre
Cameron Mackintosh
Prince Edward Theatre
2020Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
Back to the Future
John Rando
Colin Ingram Ltd
Manchester Opera House
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Maggot Moon
Jesse Jones
Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
small
Alice Malin
The Oxford School of Drama
Soho Theatre
2019Lighting Programmer
Theatre
Fleabag
Vicky Jones
Fiery Angel
Wyndham's Theatre
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Bones
Martin Wylde
CSSD
RCSSD
2019Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
Life of Pi
Max Webster
Sheffield Theatres
Sheffield Crucible
2019Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer
Theatre
Present Laughter
Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Into the Woods
Adam Lenson
CSSD
RCSSD
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
It Never Happened
Alex Thorpe
Arts Ed
Arts Ed
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Other People's Money
Katharine Farmer
Blue Touch Paper Productions
Southwark Playhouse
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go!
Lee Lyford
Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
2019Associate Lighting Designer
Opera
The Merry Widow
Max Webster
English National Opera
London Coliseum
2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing
Richard Beecham
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre
2018 - 2019Lighting Designer
Theatre
Nice Work If You Can Get It
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2018 - 2019Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2018Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit
Purni Morell
Unicorn Theatre
Seattle Children's Theatre
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Skate Hard, Turn Left
Jemima James
Sophie Nurse
Battersea Arts Centre
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Wasted
Adam Lenson
Oli Sones Limited
Southwark Playhouse
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure
Alice Malin
Actors Touring Company
Summerhall
2018Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
DUSTY
Maria Friedman
Eleanor Lloyd Productions
UK Tour
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Our Town
Alice Malin
The Oxford School of Drama
The North Wall Theatre
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Not Now, Bernard
Sarah Argent
Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Return to the Forbidden Planet
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Country Wife
Luke Fredericks
Morphic Graffiti
Southwark Playhouse
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Cherry Orchard
Phil Willmott
The Phil Willmott Company
The Union Theatre
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lisa Cagnacci
Morley Theatre Company
Morley Theatre Company
2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Seesaw
Sarah Argent
Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
2017 - 2018Lighting Designer
Theatre
Top Hat
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2017Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit
Purni Morell
Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Joy
Melanie Fullbrook
Clamour
Gerry's, Theatre Royal Stratford East
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Remember, Remember
Adam Lenson
Christian Czornyj
Nordern Farm Centre for the Arts
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Lucky Stiff
Paul Callen
Union Theatre
The Union Theatre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
35mm: A Musical Exhibition
Adam Lenson
The Other Palace
The Other Palace Studio
2017Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
Rules for Living
Simon Godwin
English Touring Theatre
Royal & Derngate Theatre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Treating Odette
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Skate Hard, Turn Left
Jemima James
Sophie Nurse
Battersea Arts Centre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Superhero
Adam Lenson
Tim Johanson Productions
Southwark Playhouse
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Spring Storm
Alice Malin
The Oxford School of Drama
The North Wall Theatre
2017Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
La bohème
Christopher Cowell
Iford Arts Festival
Iford Arts
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Big Love
Purni Morell/Christian Roe
Unicorn Young Company
Unicorn Theatre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Sorrows of Satan
Adam Lenson
Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions
Tristan Bates Theatre
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Daddy's Girl
Alice Malin
Three Streets Productions
Brick Hall, The Vaults
2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Birthday Suit
Alice Malin
Pluck Productions
Old Red Lion Theatre
2016 - 2017Lighting Designer
Theatre
Anything Goes
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Legally Blonde
Sam Gaines
Cassio Productions
Watford Palace Theatre
2016Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
Wasted
Adam Lenson
Bobby Tiwana/West Yorkshire Playhouse
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre
2016Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
Battleface
Joe Murphy
The Bush Theatre
'This Place We Know' - St Stephen's CE Primary School
2016Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
One Cold Dark Night
Omar Elerian
The Bush Theatre
'This Place We Know' - The Defector's Weld
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Great Divide
Rory McGregor
Finborough Theatre
Finborough Theatre
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Past is a Tattooed Sailor
Jeffrey Mayhew
Sky Productions
Old Red Lion Theatre
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Richard III
Imogen Beech
Combat Veteran Players
Swan Theatre, RSC/Leicester Square Theatre
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Wallis
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
RAZ
Anthony Banks
Riverside Studios
UK Tour
2016Assistant Lighting Designer
Other
Secret Cinema Presents 28 Days Later
Fabien Riggall
Secret Cinema
2016Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Caretaker
Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Sweet Charity
Anthony Banks
CSSD
Embassy Theatre
2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
The World Goes Round
Kris Rawlinson
Neil Eckersley Productions
St James Theatre Studio
2016Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Master Builder
Matthew Warchus
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2015 - 2016Lighting Designer
Theatre
Legally Blonde
John Plews
Ovation Productions
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
2015 - 2016Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Lorax
Max Webster
The Old Vic
The Old Vic
2015Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
Singin' in the Rain
Nikki Scott
Cassio Productions
Watford Palace Theatre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Clockmaker's Daughter in Concert
Robert McWhir
Theatrica Ltd
St James Theatre Studio
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
La Ronde
Jenny Quayle
Cue Productions
Camden Etcetera Theatre
2015Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
Tipping the Velvet
Lyndsey Turner
Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Lyceum
Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Lyceum
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Matthew Illife
SDWC Productions
Landor Theatre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
The 3 Tryers
Paul Nicholas Dyke
PND Productions
Landor Theatre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
An Evening with Tim McArthurTim McArthur
Landor Theatre
2015Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
American IdiotSell a Door Theatre Company
Arts Theatre
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
Rhythm of Life
Robert McWhir
The Entertainment Business
St James Theatre Studio
2015Lighting Designer
Theatre
Red the Wolf Slayer
Sherrill Gow
CSSD
Webber Douglas Studio
2015Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
The Clockmaker's DaughterTheatrica Ltd
Landor Theatre
2015Assistant Lighting Designer
Theatre
In the Dead of NightLWL Investments
Landor Theatre
2015Associate Lighting Designer
Theatre
West Side StoryCSSD
Embassy Theatre
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2016Theatre Practice: Theatre Lighting DesignRoyal Central School of Speech and Drama

    Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Vectorworks Spotlight 2019, Lightwright 6, ETC Nomad 512, LXKeys
    I can operate:
    ETC Eos Family Consoles

    About me

    Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

    Designs include: Maggot Moon, The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go!, Not Now, Bernard, Seesaw, Big Love (Unicorn Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Arts Theatre), It Never Happened (Arts Ed), small (Soho Theatre), Bones, Into the Woods (RCSSD), Other People's Money, Wasted (BroadwayWorld UK Awards Nomination for Best Lighting Design), The Country Wife, Superhero (Southwark Playhouse), Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure (Actors Touring Company), Our Town, Spring Storm (The North Wall Theatre), 42ND Street, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Top Hat, Anything Goes, Legally Blonde (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Cherry Orchard, Lucky Stiff (The Union Theatre), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace), The World Goes Round, Rhythm of Life (St James Theatre), Skate Hard, Turn Left (Battersea Arts Centre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Landor Theatre), Joy (Theatre Royal Stratford East), RAZ (UK Tour), The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), Birthday Suit, The Past is a Tattooed Sailor (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Great Divide (Finborough Theatre)

    As Associate/Assistant Lighting Designer: For Hugh Vanstone: A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, Broadway/The Old Vic), The Caretaker, The Master Builder (The Old Vic), For Hugh Vanstone/Natasha Katz: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), For Tim Lutkin: Life of Pi (Sheffield Crucible), For Tim Lutkin/Hugh Vanstone: Back to the Future (Manchester Opera House), Present Laughter (The Old Vic), For Bruno Poet: The Merry Widow (ENO), Dusty (UK Tour), For David W Kidd: The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre/Seattle Children's Theatre), For Jon Clark: The Lorax (The Old Vic), Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), For Matt Daw: Rules for Living (English Touring Theatre), 28 Days Later (Secret Cinema), For Tim Deiling: American Idiot (Arts Theatre)

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 3 to 6 years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Interested in
    • European Tour
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes (within last 12 months)
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Organisation Memberships
    • ALD (UK)
    • ASP (UK)
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Dance
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Fringe
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Pantomime
    • Revue
    • Shakespeare
    • Tragedy
    Industry Training
    • Fireworks/Pyrotechnics
    • First Aid (Any)