A STAGE lighting designer from Huddersfield has won a top theatre award.
Natasha Chivers, 36, formerly of Slaithwaite, and her lighting colleague, Mike Roberton, scooped the Best Lighting Design trophy at the elite Laurence Olivier Awards 2007.
They won for their work in a West End production of Sunday In The Park With George.
The critically acclaimed musical, which ran at Wyndham's Theatre, Leicester Square last year, also scooped awards for best actor and actress in a musical, best set design and outstanding musical production.
Ms Chivers, who now lives in Dulwich, London, rubbed shoulders with stage and screen stars such as Kim Cattrall, Richard Wilson and Sue Johnston as she made her acceptance speech at the top theatre awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on Sunday.
Following up their huge success in London, the cast and crew will be taking the play to Broadway, New York in December.
Natasha, a former pupil of Colne Valley High School, started her stage career at Huddersfield New College inspired by her teacher Liz Heywood.
Natasha, who has been a professional lighting designer since 1995, said: "Liz Heywood was an amazing teacher. She really inspired me.
"It feels incredible to win.
"It's amazing. It's the best feeling in the world. It's an award ceremony for anyone who's anyone in theatre.
"I'm only the second woman to win it.
"We were up against Monty Python's Spamalot. Our budget was nowhere near that. It's fantastic and really exciting to be going to Broadway."
It was a night of drama at the theatre as the awards were revealed.
Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George marched away with five Olivier Awards while hotly tipped hit Spamalot ended up with nothing.
Sondheim's production swept the board in what was considered a major shock at the British theatre industry's equivalent of the Oscars.
The show picked up five honours including outstanding musical production, beating The Sound of Music, Cabaret and Evita.
The acting prizes went to its stars, Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.