Photograph from Anything Goes - lighting design by Ben Pickersgill
From the show Anything Goes
Photograph from The Light in the Piazza - lighting design by Ben Pickersgill
Photographer: Samantha Turk | From the show The Light in the Piazza
Photograph from La Rondine - lighting design by Ben Pickersgill
From the show La Rondine
Photograph from La Rondine - lighting design by Ben Pickersgill
Photographer: www.simonharveyphotography.com | From the show La Rondine
Photograph from The Producers - lighting design by Ben Pickersgill
From the show The Producers

Ben Pickersgill

Lighting designer for opera, musical theatre and plays.  Recent highlights include Mad King Suibhne and L'Ospedale (Bury Court Opera), Carmen (Blackheath Halls), Cabaret (ACT Aberdeen) and Man of La Mancha (Bridewell Theatre).  Please see the portfolio page for more details.

Associate lighting designer to Paule Constable for This House (Garrick Theatre) and Mark Howland for Soul (Royal and Derngate, Northampton).  Upcoming associate work includes working with Charles Edwards on the Opera North Little Greats season.

Projects as an EOS and GrandMA2 programmer include This House (Minerva Theatre Chichester, LD Paule Constable), King Lear (RSC, LD Tim Mitchell), Cymbeline (RSC, LD Philip Gladwell), Don Quixote (RSC Swan, LD Jo Town), Oppenheimer (RSC Swan, LD Paul Anderson) and English Touring Opera autumn tour (LD Mark Howland).

Education work includes mentoring technical theatre students at Mountview and working as mentor and assessor for technical theatre apprentices in theatres across the West Midlands.

 

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
The Little Greats Opera Leeds Grand Theatre
Opera North
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Charles Edwards
Set designer: Charles Edwards
15 Sep 2017
Sonny Theatre ALWF Theatre, Arts Ed
Arts Ed
Lighting Designer Director: Deborah Bruce
Set designer: Ruth Hall
16 May 2017

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Mad King Suibhne Opera Bury Court Opera Lighting Designer Director: Ella Marchment
Set designer: Holly Pigott
Mar 2017
L'Ospedale Opera Bury Court Opera Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Mar 2017
Snow Opera Bussey Building Peckham
Opera Story
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Feb 2017
This House Theatre Garrick Theatre
Headlong & Chichester Festival Theatre
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Paule Constable
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Set designer: Rae Smith
Nov 2016
Carmen Opera Blackheath Halls Lighting Designer Director: Chris Rolls
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Jul 2016
Soul Musical Royal and Derngate Northampton Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Mark Howland
Director: James Dacre
Set designer: Jon Bausor
May 2016
Cabaret Musical ACT Aberdeen
David Adkin Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Derek Anderson
Set designer: Rachel Stone
Jan 2016
Man of la Mancha Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood and Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Nov 2015
L'Ospedale Opera Wilton's Music Hall
Solomon's Knot
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Nov 2015
Idomeneo Opera Blackheath Halls Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Jul 2015
Grease Musical Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Jeremy Thomas
Set designer: Colin Mayes
Jun 2015
Legally Blonde Musical Bridewell Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Kim Barker
May 2015
Brundibar Opera Blackheath Halls Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Mar 2015
Marry Me a Little Musical Assembly Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Ed Burnside
Set designer: Ryan Laight
May 2014
The Little Sweep Opera Blackheath Halls Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Apr 2014
Into The Woods Musical Bridewell Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Matt Gould
Set designer: Steve King
Apr 2014
Footloose Musical Watford Palace Theatre Lighting Designer Nov 2013
The Producers Musical Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Colin Mayes
Oct 2013
Oklahoma! Musical Opera Holland Park
CMS
Lighting Designer Director: Natascha Metherell
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
May 2013
Musical Theatre Showcase Musical Criterion Theatre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Sally-Ann Gritton
Apr 2013
La Rondine Opera Factory 7, London, then touring
GoOpera
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Mar 2013
Anything Goes Theatre Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Moore
Set designer: Caroline Reid
Mar 2013
Noye's Fludde Opera Blackheath Halls Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Feb 2013
Yerma Theatre Riverside Studios, then touring
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Sally Ann Gritton
Set designer: Jess Banting
Nov 2012
L'Orfeo Opera Hampstead Garden Opera Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Eberhardt
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Nov 2012
Musical Theatre Showcase Musical Criterion Theatre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Sep 2012
The Threepenny Opera Musical The Old Market, Hove Lighting Designer Director: Ed Burnside
Apr 2012
The Light in the Piazza Musical Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Michael Fentiman
Set designer: Caroline Reid
Feb 2012
Lucky Stiff Musical Landor Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rob McWhir
Feb 2012
A Little Night Music Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
Nov 2011
The Wedding Singer Theatre Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Jeremy Lloyd Thomas
Set designer: Adrian Linford
Nov 2011
Carmen Opera Sadlers Wells
A&O Opera
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Ellan Parry
Nov 2011
Six Rounds Theatre Lost Theatre
Liminal Space Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Prav Menon-Johansson
Jun 2011
Semele Opera Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Hampstead Garden Opera
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Rachel Szmukler
Apr 2011
Company Musical Karamel Club
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Darren Lawrence
Set designer: Rachel Dingle
Feb 2011
A Christmas Carol Theatre Trafalgar Studios
Horla
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Tracy Waller
Dec 2010
Kiss of the Spiderwoman Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
Nov 2010
Too Darn Hot Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Angus Jacobs
Sep 2010
American Bytes Back Theatre Lost Theatre
Liminal Space Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Prav Menon-Johansson
Aug 2010
The Bartered Bride Opera Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, then touring
Surrey Opera
Lighting Designer Director: James Hurley
Set designer: Madeleine Millar
Jun 2010
American Bytes Theatre New Wimbledon Studio
Liminal Space Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Prav Menon-Johansson
Apr 2010
The Libertine Theatre Bridwell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Anne-Marie Leigh
Mar 2010
Festen Theatre Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Anne-Marie Leigh
Set designer: Bronia Kupczyk
Feb 2009
The Thingumywotsit Theatre Hen & Chickens Theatre
Nasty Sweets
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Vreni Aebersold
Feb 2009
A Faceful of Fists Theatre New Wimbledon Studio
Nasty Sweets
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Vreni Aebersold
Oct 2008
Don Carlos Theatre Cockpit Theatre, then touring
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Anne-Marie Leigh
Aug 2008
Red Riding Hood Theatre Cannizaro Park Festival
Horla
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Natalie Jones
Jul 2008
Sweeney Todd Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
Nov 2007
Yellow Lines Theatre Oval House Theatre
Human Resources
Lighting Designer Director: Mervyn Millar
Set designer: Naomi Dawson
May 2007
Merrily We Roll Along Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
May 2006
Company Musical Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
Apr 2005
Rumplestiltskin and Other Grizzly Tales Theatre New Wimbledon Studio
Horla
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Tracy Waller
Nov 2004
Sweet Charity Musical Pleasance Theatre
SEDOS
Lighting Designer Director: Roger Harwood
Nov 2004
Brimstone and Treacle Theatre Bridwell Theatre
1066 Production
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: George Gold
Jul 2004
Grimms Theatre Rose and Crown Theatre
Horla
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Tracy Waller and Alex Agg
Nov 2003
A Doll's House Theatre Rose and Crown Theatre
Horla
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Green
Set designer: Tracy Waller
Apr 2003
Man is Man Theatre Finborough Theatre
The Steam Industry
Lighting Designer Director: Mervyn Millar
Set designer: Ana Mestre
Apr 2002
Assassins Musical Jack Romano Playhouse
Stagedoor Manor
Lighting Designer Director: Micheal Larson
Set designer: Sadie Smith
Aug 2001
The Wind in the Willows Theatre Imperial College Concert Hall
Thomas's School
Lighting Designer Director: Jeremy James
Jun 2000
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Theatre Imperial College Concert Hall
Thomas's School
Lighting Designer Director: Jemery James
Jun 1999

Snow

Rachel Szmukler’s designs, relying on simple props for the in-the-round setting, are given canny atmosphere by Ben Pickersgill’s lighting
Fiona Maddocks, The Gaurdian 26/02/2017

Into The Woods

..the set swung out to reveal the eerie splendour of the woods – a multi-levelled set with subtle lighting which made fantastic use of the performance space. The whole production was visually stunning..''
Sardines Magazine 04/04/2014
..this production was nothing short of visually spectacular.
Retox Magazine

Noye's Fludde

...lighting designer Ben Pickersgill produced such a magical episode when a dove flitted all around the walls and ceiling
Gill Stoker, British Theatre Guide 24/02/2013

L'Orfeo

Ben Pickersgill’s lighting made atmospheric use of the space, subtly evoking very different moods within this intimate venue.
Dorothy Wilson, Bachtrack

A Christmas Carol

...the shadow of the Roman numerals and hands of a large clock... very effectively emphasise the ethereal quality of life, one of the story’s chief themes
Extra Extra 08/01/2011

American Bytes Back

Ben Pickersgill’s simple lighting...perfectly captures the downcast nature of this toy lying by the side of the freeway. It also evokes the sense of strangeness that the piece needs.
Rebecca Gibson, Fringe Report 11/08/2010

Don Carlos

The look was great. Stark simple lights, minimal set and elegant costumes complimented each other beautifully
remotegoat

Brimstone and Treacle

The stage design and lighting beautifully conjure up the invasion of the depressingly ordinary by the diabolic
Michael Willoughby, Camden New Journal

Grimms

The Rose and Crown audience is transported to a magical forest through the use of a set by Tracy Waller and Alex Agg and lighting by Ben Pickersgill
The Stage
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