Lighting Design


Rob has lit plays, musicals, dance, restaurants, airports, weddings, buildings and much, much more over a career that now spans almost three decades.

He has just lit Cry Baby for the ArtsEd School in London.

He recently lit Working and Sweet Smell of Success, the first musicals in the brand new theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, his regular summer home for the last nineteen years.

Earlier in the year he opened Giudizio Universale, produced by Balich Worldwide Entertainment in Rome. Co-designed with Bruno Poet, the show tells the story of MIchelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel, and is intended to have an open-ended run.

His recent work includes the acclaimed Tree of Codes, a collaboration with director/choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and composer Jamie xx, which debuted at the 2015 Manchester International Festival and which during 2017 was seen in Paris, London, Aarhus and Melbourne. The show, nominated as the Best New Dance Production in the 2018 Olivier Awards. kicked off 2018 at the Sydney Festival, will be seen in Hong Kong this October with other parts of the world to follow.

He lit the three of opening shows at the acclaimed new Storyhouse Theatre in Chester: The Beggar’s OperaAlice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In the West End, his work has included the musical Daddy Cool, also seen in Berlin. In New York, his work has included The Wizard of Oz which performed at Madison Square Gardens after a successful US tour.

He has enjoyed ongoing collaborations with a number of organisations and directors, particularly Curve in Leicester (where he has lit Hello DollyBuried ChildSweeney ToddOliver! and West Side Story), and the Royal Academy of Music in London, whose musicals he has lit most years since 1999. 

His aim is always to use light to help tell the story of the show, to support the performers in creating the world of the show, and to take the audience on the journey of that show. 

[Shows as Lighting Designer]

Tree of Codes
Manchester Festival, 2015
Dir/Chor: Wayne McGregor
Visual Designer: Olafur Eliasson
Composer: Jamie xx