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Prema Mehta

Lighting Designer for drama and dance productions, and installations.

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Drama designs include WIPERS (Leicester Curve), THE GREAT EXTENSION (Theatre Royal Stratford East), SNOW QUEEN (Derby Theatre), THE MASSACRE (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), JEFFERSON'S GARDEN (Watford Palace Theatre), THE ELECTRIC HILLS (Liverpool Everyman).

Dance designs include MAAYA (Westminster Hall), DHAMAKA 2012 (O2 Arena), PENGUIN CAFE (Cochrane Theatre), RING CYCLE (Derby Dance) FLAT FEET (Purcell Room, South Bank Centre), TRAIL (National tour), SPILL (The Place), PARALLELS (Lilian Baylis).

Musical and opera designs include SPRING AWAKENING (NYMT), THE PUPPINI SISTERS (Bloomsbury Theatre), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough, UK Tour), SEMELE, THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, ALBERT HERRING, COSI FAN TUTTE (Guildhall Studio).

Assistant work includes VARESE CONCERTS (Queen Elizabeth Hall), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Lyric Theatre, West End).

REVIEWS (More press quotes online at

  • 'It is stunningly lit by Prema Mehta and worth seeing for that alone.' Ring Cycle, The British Theatre Guide '
  • 'Tricksy lighting and scattergun bursts of movement lead us to feel as if we're sharing the characters' living room, and that a night-drenched countryside really does lie outside the windows.' Cariad, The Times
  • 'And when they step out into the light, your heart catches fire.' Wipers, What's On Stage 
  • 'Lighting designer Prema Mehta's breathtaking lighting schemes, simple, subtle, and feeling at all times exactly right are a major ingredient of the show's success. There's a fine combination of candles and subtly-raised stage lights that exactly evoke the abandoned flat; and her sunrises and night-lighting sequences are a creative delight.' I Live in Tribeca, The Fringe Report
  • 'It is stunningly lit by Prema Mehta.’ Coming Up, What's On Stage
  • 'Creative light heighened its picturesque effect.... Maaya will be remembered by audiences as a professional performance for livening up stones and spreading galaxy of colours inside the magnificent iconic architecture of Westmister Hall' Maaya, Confluence

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Fame Musical Manchester Palace Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Nick Winston
Set designer: Morgan Large
Jul 2018
Holes Theatre Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Adam Penford
Set designer: Simon Kenny
Mar 2018
Of Kith and Kin Theatre Sheffield Theatres and The Bush Lighting Designer Director: Robert Hastie
Set designer: James Perkins
Sep 2017
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre The Curve, Leicester
Curve, Leicester
Lighting Designer Director: Nick Winston
Set designer: Kevin Jenkins
Aug 2017
Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes Theatre York Theatre Royal
York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Juliet Forster & Katie Posner
Set designer: Sara Perks
Jun 2017
Mighty Atoms Theatre Hull Truck Theatre
Hull Truck Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Babych
Set designer: Grace Smart
Jun 2017
East is East Theatre Nottingham Playhouse, then touring
Northern Stage and Nottingham Playhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Suba Das
Set designer: Grace Smart
May 2017
Made In India Theatre Belgrade Coventry, then touring
Tamasha Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Katie Posner
Set designer: Lydia Denno
Jan 2017
Murder, Margaret and Me Theatre York Theatre Royal, main house Lighting Designer Director: Damian Cruden
Set designer: Dawn Allsopp
Feb 2016
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