David Hersey Biography (1939-)

Full name, David Kenneth Hersey; born November 30, 1939, in Rochester, NY; son of Charles Kenneth and Ella Morgan (maiden name, Decker) Hersey; married Demetra Maraslis; children: (previous marriage) Miranda; (with Maraslis) Demitri, Ellen. Addresses: Office: DHA Lighting Ltd., 284-302 Waterloo Rd.,London SE1 8RQ, England.

Lighting designer
Birth Details
November 30, 1939
Rochester, New York

Famous Works

  • Stage Work
  • Lighting Designer
  • She Stoops to Conquer, Garrick Theatre, London, 1969
  • Evita, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, then Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, CA, both 1979 later Broadway Theatre, New York City, beginning 1980.
  • Crucible of Blood, Los Angeles, 1980
  • Merrily We Roll Along, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1981 then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Song and Dance, London, 1982
  • Cats, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1982-2000
  • Old Times, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Albert Herring, London, 1985
  • Porgy and Bess, London, 1986
  • Starlight Express, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1987-1989
  • Les miserables, Broadway Theatre, beginning 1987, then Imperial Theatre, New York City.
  • Chess, Imperial Theatre, 1988
  • Hapgood, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1988
  • Ghetto, 1989
  • Miss Saigon, Drury Lane Theatre, New York City, 1989 then BroadwayTheatre, 1991-2001
  • Columbus, and the Discovery of Japan, Barbican Centre Theatre, London, 1992
  • Oliver!, West End production, London, 1995
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, Lyceum Theatre, London, 1996
  • Martin Guerre, Prince Edward Theatre, London, 1996
  • Les miserables, Ahmanson Theatre, 1999-2000 then Ordway Center forthe Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN, 2000
  • Lighting designer for National Theatre productions of Amphitryon,The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, Brand, The CherryOrchard, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (double-bill), Danton's Death, The Force of Habit, The Government Inspector, The Guardsman, Guys and Dolls, Hamlet, Happy Days, Hedda Gabler, John Gabriel Borkman, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Marriage of Figaro, My Fair Lady, Next of Kin, School for Scandal, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Tamburlaine the Great, Troilus and Cressida, and Volpone; for Royal Shakespeare Company productions of As You Like It, Cymbeline, The Iceman Cometh, King John, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Marrying of Ann Leete, Mother Courage, Peter Pan, Richard II, Too True to Be Good, and The Zykovs, all in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England; for West End productions of Cats, New London Theatre, Les miserables, Palace Theatre, Starlight Express, Apollo Victoria Theatre, and for Across from the Garden of Allah, Camelot, Jumpers, The King and I, The Little Shop of Horrors, Made in Bangkok, Old Times, Miss Saigon, and The Sound of Music; for London productions of Elvis, The John Curry Theatre of Skating II, and The Red Devil Battery Sign; for British productions of Burning Blue, Haymarket Theatre, Parallel Vision, King's Head Theatre,and Sweet Panic and Unidentified Remains, both Hampstead Theatre; and for Marilyn, West End production; also lighting designer for U.S. production of Old Times. Lighting designer for opera productions, including Euryanthe, English National Opera, Tristan and Isolde,Royal Opera, Waltzertraum, State Opera of Cologne, Germany, and for The Bassarids, The Devils of Loudon, Ice Break, Idomeneo, Katya Kabanova, Lohengrin, Peter Grimes, and We Come to the River. Lighting designer for ballet productions, includingMayerling, Royal Ballet, and Court of Love, Rashomon, and Shukemei.
  • Set Designer
  • Song and Dance, London, 1982
  • Also set designer for Marilyn, West End Production.
  • Major Tours
  • Lighting Designer
  • Starlight Express, U.S. cities, 1989-1990
  • Les miserables, 2000
  • Oliver!, British and Canadian cities, 2000
  • Also worked on stage productions in Austria, France, Germany, Canada, Iran, Japan, and Australia.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Stage manager, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Film Work
  • Lighting designer for ballet sequences, Nijinsky, Paramount, 1980

Further Reference


    • DHA Company Profile, http://194. 00.187.123/, May 14, 2001
    • Lightfactor, http://www. ightfactor.co.uk/listen21/david.hersey/,May 14, 2001

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