National treasure: LD Mark Jonathan heads up the lighting department at the Royal National Theatre

As a child, Mark Jonathan cast himself in the role of master electrician for his own Victorian toy theatre. "I made the lights out of black cardboard tubes and flashlight bulbs, with colored cellophane candy wrappers on the ends," says Jonathan. "Wherever I was, I was always building another theatre and driving my poor parents mad." Translating his childhood passion into a career, this 40-year-old Englishman has served as head of lighting for the Royal National Theatre in London since January

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