Howard Eaton (centre) collects his Gottelier Award from PLASA's Adam Blaxill (left) and Peter Heath (right)
UK - Howard Eaton was the proud recipient of the 2023 Gottelier Award. Nominated and voted for by his industry peers, Howard collected the award from PLASA MD, Peter Heath and chair, Adam Blaxhill at a special ceremony at this year’s PLASA Show.
Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, the award recognises individuals or teams of people who have made long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Howard, of Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd (HELL), is a serial problem solver well-known for his bespoke solutions which have brought magic to countless theatrical productions around the world. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s flying car, to the crashing chandelier in the Phantom of the Opera; from the flying Olympic rings at London 2012, to advances in wireless dimming, long-lasting dry ice and atmospheric effects and much more, many of his inventions have gone on to directly inspire various manufacturers across the industry and products that are now commonplace. Howard also developed the role of production electrician, working on many of the major musicals in the ‘80s British theatre boom.
On receiving the award, he said: “It is quite something to be nominated for this award and very special indeed to be added to the list of friends and colleagues who have won it previously. Thank you to PLASA and LSi, and special thanks to my friends and colleagues whose continued hard work, dedication and support make it possible to develop and build the things that help deliver the shows we work on.”
Congratulations Howard!

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