Malcolm Rippeth


Image from The Bacchae
Photo: Keith Pattison
Lighting by Malcolm Rippeth
The Bacchae, Kneehigh Theatre, September 2004

Malcolm is an Associate Artist of Kneehigh and has also worked extensively with the Royal Court, Headlong, balletLORENT, most of the UK's leading regional theatres and in Ireland, the US, Canada and Australia.

His current theatre projects include ongoing international tours of Tristan and Yseult and Brief Encounter for Kneehigh, The Threepenny Opera for Graeae, The Girl's Guide to Saving the World for HighTide Festival, Not the Worst Place for Paines Plough, the UK tour of Refugee Boy for West Yorkshire Playhouse and Anya Reiss's new adaptation of Spring Awakening for Headlong. He will then light Kneehigh's new version of A Beggar's Opera Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) in a co-production with Liverpool Everyman.

Current opera work includes the 2014 Buxton Festival season of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Dvorák's Jacobin, and a new production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North.

A full credits list is available by following the link to the left.

He was awarded a 2010 Village Voice OBIE as a member of the design team for Brief Encounter at St. Ann's Warehouse, New York and the 2009 Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Lighting Designer for his work on Brief Encounter and Six Characters in Search of an Author in the West End. He was nominated for the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Brief Encounter on Broadway.

As Associate Artist of Kneehigh his previous designs include Wah! Wah! Girls and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in the West End, The Wild Bride touring the UK and US; The Red Shoes touring internationally and Steptoe and Son.

Other recent work includes The Empress for the RSC; Moon Tiger for Theatre Royal Bath; The Threepenny Opera for the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Forever House for the Drum Theatre Plymouth; Ours Was the Fen Country for Still House; The Birthday Party for Manchester Royal Exchange; Rupert Goold's Decade, a site-specific piece for Headlong at St. Katharine Docks; The Dead for the Abbey Theatre Dublin; The Promise for the Donmar at Trafalgar Studios; London for Paines Plough; Belong, The Acid Test, Spur of the Moment and Kin at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs; HMS Pinafore at the Guthrie Theater Minneapolis; The Pitchfork Disney at the Arcola; A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings for Little Angel Theatre; Stones in His Pockets at the Tricycle Theatre; Calendar Girls in the West End, Australia and Canada; The Field at the Olympia Theatre Dublin; Little Women at the Gate Theatre Dublin; The Devil Inside Him by John Osborne for National Theatre Wales; Armida and The Marriage of Figaro at Garsington Opera; Six Characters in Search of an Author for Headlong in the West End and touring; His Dark Materials for Birmingham Rep and Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall.

He is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers and Equity in the UK and of United Scenic Artists Local 829 IATSE in the US and Canada.

He lives in London.