Richard Pilbrow (1933-2023) was one of the world’s leading theatre consultants. He was also an internationally known author and stage lighting designer, and a theatre, film, and television producer. He founded Theatre Projects in London in 1957. Under his leadership, the company became the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world, with over 1,800 projects in 80+ countries to its credit.
His lighting design work was seen in London, New York, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Moscow. His Broadway credits included Tale of Two Cities – The Musical, Our Town (starring Paul Newman), the Hal Prince hit revival of Show Boat, Zorba, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and The Rothchilds. He also designed lights for The Sleeping Beauty for the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Richard was an active author and publisher, including A Theatre Project: A Backstage Adventure (his memoir) with a foreward by Joseph Volpe, Stage Lighting with a foreward by Sir Laurence Olivier, and Stage Lighting Design: The Art, the Craft, the Life with a foreward by Hal Prince, (published 1997 and reprinted 2008) which became and continues to be the standard for teaching lighting in the UK and US. He was recognized with multiple Tony Award nominations, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award-Lighting, and the Dora Award – Outstanding Lighting.
Richard in action
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