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Linford Hudson Follow Spot Operator Pamela Raith Photography
Andrew Lloyd Webber presents Olivier Award to Linford Hudson, longtime Follow Spot Operator at London Palladium

The Winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards

On March 10, the Special Recognition Olivier Awards were presented. Among the Special Recognition recipients was Linford Hudson, or Mr. Follow Spot, who has worked at West End venue, the London Palladium, for 50 years. Since acquiring the job at only 15, just two months after arriving in London from Jamaica, he has lit 41 Royal Variety performances and oversaw some of its first color TV broadcasts. Regarded as the best Follow Spot Operator in the business, he has lit legends such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Bette Midler, and helped light Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.

On April 7, the 2019 Laurence Olivier Awards, recognizing excellence in professional theatre in London, were presented at Royal Albert Hall.

Below are the design winners:

Best Set Design

  • Bunny Christie, Company

Best Lighting Design

  • Jon Clark, The Inheritance

Best Sound Design

  • Gareth Owen, Come From Away

Best Costume Design

  • Catherine Zuber, The King And I

Check out the full list of winners.

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