Lighting Design

Giudizio Universale at the V&A! by Rob Halliday


Last night saw the preview showing of Staging Places: UK Design for Performance at the V&A Museum in London; the exhibition opens to the public today, Wednesday 24th July.

Rob was there last night to celebrate the fact that Giudizio Universale, the immersive show telling the story of Michelangelo and his work at the Sistine Chapel, was selected by the Society of British Theatre Designers to be part of this exhibition, which shows the best of design by British theatre designers over the last four years.

Giudizio sits in good company at the exhibition, but where many of the shows are demonstrated through models and costumes, Giudizio, as is seems perfect for a show led by projection, tells its story through projection, on a wall at the very centre of the exhibition.

“It’s an honour to have the show be part of this display of remarkable work by remarkable people,” Rob comments, “and a great tribute to the remarkable work done by all of the people involved with the show, particularly my co-lighting-designer Bruno Poet, Ric Lipson, Alicia Tkacz and all at Stufish, Luke Halls and all of his team, plus of course our composer John Metclafe, sound designer Mirko Perri, costume designer Giovanna Buzzi, choreographer Fotis Nikolaou, our directors Lulu Hekbek and Marco Balich and everyone who was involved in the show.”

Having already been seen as part of the Prague Quadrennial, Staging Places now runs at the V&A in London until 29th March 2020.

Staging Places at the V&A: [link]
Staging Places website: [link]
Prague Quadrennial: [link]

Playing Now: City of Angels by Rob Halliday


Second up in this year’s Royal Academy of Music summer season of musicals: City of Angels.

The production is directed by Bruce Guthrie, choreographed by Lee Proud, designed by David Harris with costume design by Simon Wells, video design by Gillian Tan and sound design by Mike Walker.

Always a complex show, this production was further complicated by being double cast. Nonetheless with the support of the RAM team, particularly production manager Michael ‘Skip’ Francis, and excellent stage management and technical teams the show opened to great acclaim.

City of Angels at RAM: [link]

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Playing Now: Tree of Codes by Rob Halliday

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Tree of Codes, the acclaimed dance show on which Rob collaborated with director-choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual designer Olafur Eliasson and composer Jamie xx, returns to Paris this week for a season at the Bastille Opera.

Since the show debuted at the Manchester Festival in 2015, it has been seen around the world - in New York, Paris (at the Garnier Opera), Aarhus, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong.

The show plays as part of the Bastille’s rep between June 26th and July 14th, with tickets selling fast.


Photo: Joel Chester Fildes

Playing Now: The Wild Party by Rob Halliday

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Rob has been back at the Royal Academy of Music, continuing a working relationship with the Academy’s summer musicals stretching back 20 years to A…. My Name Is Alice in 1999.

This year the first of the two shows is The Wild Party, directed by Hannah Chissick and choreographed by Chis Whittaker, with whom Rob worked on the musical Cry Baby earlier in the year. The production is designed by David Harris, with costume design by Simon Wells and sound design by Mike Walker. The show’s production electrician was Dan Bowler, with Mark Matthews as lighting programmer.

The Wild Party is playing now, and will be followed by a RAM favourite, City of Angels

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

On Show In Prague: Giudizio Universale by Rob Halliday

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Rob is delighted and proud to announce that he and his design collaborators on the spectacular show Giudizio Universale, have been selected as part of the British display at the Prague Quadrennial design exhibition.

Featured as part of the website that is an element of the Society of British Theatre Designer’s Staging Places display in Prague, the site showcases the work of Rob, co-lighting designer Bruno Poet, projection designer Luke Halls and scenic designers Stufish.

Giudizio Universale, which tells the story of Michelangelo’s work at the Sistine Chapel through live performance, lighting, sound and all-encompassing video projection, continues to play to great acclaim at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome.

Staging Places: [link]
Prague Quadrennial: [link]
Giudizio Universale: [link]

Playing Now: Amour by Rob Halliday

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Amour, Charing Cross Theatre. Photographer: Scott Rylander

Amour, lit by Rob, opened at the Charing Cross Theatre in London last night.

A ‘musical fantasy’ with music by the multi award-winning Michel Legrand and English lyrics by Jeremy Sams from the original by Didier Van Cauwelaert, the show is adapted from the 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé. The show enjoyed a short run in New York in 2002; this is its first professional production in the UK.

Produced by Danielle Tarento, the production is directed by Hannah Chissick, choreographed by Matt Cole with design by Adrian Gee. The show continues follows on from Rob’s collaborations with Hannah on Sweet Smell of Success and Cry Baby over the last year; they will work together again next month on The Wild Party at the Royal Academy of Music.

Amour: [link]
Gallery: [link]

Playing Now: Shrek by Rob Halliday


Rob has just completed lighting Shrek at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, for GSA.

As GSA’s Mig Burgess has delighted in pointing out online, the production uses five (or more) shades of green - a colour not normally seen much out of panto season, but which becomes quite useful when the leading character has a green face!

The show’s lighting has been supported by Ambersphere, allowing students to experience the Robert Juliat Dalis cyc lights, and the Ayrton Ghibli and Clay Paky K20 and Axcor Beam 300 LED moving lights.

GSA and Ambersphere are holding an open day about this equipment and the latest advances in colour rending with LED sources - plus the chance to see the rig in action over extracts from the show - this Wednesday, March 25th, from 2-5pm; Rob will be there to talk about LEDs, lighting when the leading performer is green and anything else that comes up!

Shrek at the Yvonne Arnaud: [link]
GSA / Ambersphere Lighting Open Day: [link]

Playing Now: Cry-Baby by Rob Halliday


Rob has just completed lighting the musical Cry-Baby for the ArtsEd School in London; the show opened tonight.

The show is directed by Hannah Chissick, for whom Rob lit Sweet Smell of Success at the Royal Academy last summer. It is choreographed by Chris Whittaker, designed by Philip Whitcomb, with musical direction by Tamara Saringer and sound design by Tom Marshall. It plays until Saturday January 26th.

Cry-Baby at Arts Ed: [link]