Triumph for Paul from Lewes at the theatre world’s Olivier Awards

Lewes man Paul Pyant was a winner at this year’s prestigious Olivier Awards, celebrating the best in professional theatre.

Together with Jon Driscoll, he received the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The judges considered that Paul and Jon’s spectacularly varied work played a vital role in bringing Roald Dahl’s story to vivid, rainbow-bright life. Every scene required a unique spin, from Mike Teavee’s technicolour, strobe-lit scenes to the gloomy streets of Charlie Bucket’s world.

Paul, 60, of Friars Walk, has spent 40 years in theatre and his lighting designs have been featured in the West End, on Broadway and in opera houses around the world.

He has received six Olivier nominations in the past but this was the first time he has hit the jackpot – and he described himself as “gobsmacked”.

He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1973 and spent nearly 20 years at Glyndebourne Opera House.