Photograph from The Match Box - lighting design by Charlie Lucas
Leanne Best as Sal | Photographer: Christian Smith | From the show The Match Box
Photograph from Touched - lighting design by Charlie Lucas
Photographer: Mick Hurdus | From the show Touched
Photograph from Von Ribbentrop's Watch - lighting design by Charlie Lucas
Nicholas Woodeson and Paul Brightwell | Photographer: Robert Day | From the show Von Ribbentrop's Watch
Photograph from Vinegar Tom - lighting design by Charlie Lucas
Photographer: Mick Hurdus | From the show Vinegar Tom
Photograph from As You Like It - lighting design by Charlie Lucas
Dominic Gerrard as Jaques | Photographer: Robert Workman | From the show As You Like It

Charlie Lucas

Charlie is a lighting designer with experience in plays, musicals, opera and contemporary dance. Charlie's lighting designs include Bully Boy (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), The Match Box (Liverpool Playhouse & Tricycle Theatre), As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse), The First Man, Flowers of the Forest, Fever, Ivy and Joan, Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre), Love Bombs and Apples (AIK Productions / Arcola), Suitcases (Wet Picnic / Poole Lighthouse), Frozen, Archimedes Principle (Park Theatre), Rise Up, The Muddy Choir, Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre, touring), Equally Divided, Mother Goose (Watford Palace), Von Ribbentrop’s Watch (Oxford Playhouse & tour), Jealousy (The Print Room), Dirty Great Love Story (Soho & off-Broadway), Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Momo (Greenwich Theatre & tour), Walking the Tightrope, In Blood: The Bacchae (Arcola), Mummyji Presents (Rifco Arts/Watford Palace), The Little Witch, Red (Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place), Death and Gardening (Edinburgh, Assembly Roxy Upstairs),  Blue Remembered Hills (New Rep Theatre Co / New Diorama Theatre), One Hour and Eighteen Minutes (Sputnik Theatre Co / New Diorama Theatre), 1888 (Union Theatre), Nothing is the End of the World, The Hard Man (Finborough), Snakes and Ladders (Plenty Productions / Brighton Pavilion, tour), Death and Gardening (Wet Picnic, Edinburgh Festival), SohoStreets (Soho Theatre).

Lighting designs for opera include: The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera at West Green House), Cautionary Tales (Opera North), Werther (Opera Les Azuriales, Nice), La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Acis and Galatea, The Return of Ulysses, La Rondine (Iford Arts), The Elixir of Love (Blackheath Halls Opera), Oberon (New Sussex Opera).

In 2008, Charlie redesigned the lighting for (the old) Arcola Theatre’s bar and foyer as part of their carbon-neutral energy initiative. Charlie has been lighting supervisor for Scottish Opera, supervising and re-lighting main-scale productions of La Boheme and The Secret Marriage. He has worked as associate lighting designer to Johanna Town, on What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville), Betrayal (Comedy Theatre), Speaking in Tongues (Duke of York's), for ETT's tour of Arcadia and for Out of Joint & Soho Theatre's tour of Dreams of Violence. Charlie has experience of touring relights for opera, drama and contemporary dance. 

Charlie trained at RADA on the specialist stage electrics and lighting design course. Please email charlie@charlielucas.co.uk for a full CV.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Bully Boy Theatre Studio, Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Mercury Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Dan Sherer
Set designer: James Cotterill
Nov 2015
Suitcases Theatre Poole Lighthouse - Studio, then touring
Wet Picnic
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Feerick
Set designer: Katherine Heath
Oct 2015
The First Man Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Tim Dann
Oct 2015
Rise Up Theatre Redbridge Drama Centre, then touring
Theatre Centre
Lighting Designer Director: Natalie Wilson
Set designer: Emma Donovan
Sep 2015
Love, Bombs and Apples Theatre Arcola Studio 2
AIK Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Set designer: Mila Sanders
Jul 2015
Told Look Younger Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Eldarin Yeong Studio
Lighting Designer Director: Sue Dunderdale
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2015
Un Ballo in Maschera Opera Cloister, Iford Manor
Iford Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Timothy Nelson
Jun 2015
Frozen Theatre Park Theatre, Park 90
The Blueprint Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ian Brown
Set designer: Jason Southgate
Mar 2015
Ivy and Joan Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Victoria Johnstone
Jan 2015
The Tellers' Tales Theatre Corbett Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Meads
Set designer: Asa Norling
Dec 2014
The Firebird Theatre Corbett Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Vicky Ireland
Set designer: Asa Norling
Dec 2014
Oberon Opera Lewes Town Hall, then touring
New Sussex Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Harry Fehr
Nov 2014
The Little Witch Dance The Place
Marie Forbes and Sophie Nüzel
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Marie Forbes and Sophie Nüzel
Set designer: Nicky Bunch
Oct 2014
Flowers of the Forest Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Victoria Johnstone
Sep 2014
As You Like It Theatre Southwark Playhouse
Peter Huntley Productions and W14 Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Derek Bond
Set designer: Emma Bailey
Sep 2014
The Muddy Choir Theatre Redbridge Drama Centre, then touring
Theatre-Centre
Lighting Designer Director: Natalie Wilson
Set designer: Emma Donovan
Sep 2014
The Return of Ulysses Opera Cloister, Iford Manor
Iford Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Justin Way
Set designer: Kimm Kovac
Jul 2014
Two Gentlemen of Verona Theatre Cockpit Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Ian Brown
Set designer: Mila Sanders
Jul 2014
Cat Among the Pigeons Theatre Cockpit Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Robin Sneller
Set designer: Mila Sanders
Jul 2014
Fever Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Victoria Johnstone
Jun 2014
La Rondine Opera Iford Manor
Iford Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Occhipinti
Set designer: Emma Wee
Jun 2014
Archimedes Principle Theatre Park 90
Fox Trotter Theatre Co in assoc with Park Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Marta Noguera-Cuevas
Set designer: Cory Roberts
Apr 2014
Snakes and Ladders Theatre Fairfield Halls, then touring
Plenty Productions & Rolemop Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Kerri McLean
Set designer: Mila Sanders
Apr 2014
Book of Days Theatre Arcola Studio 1
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Mehmet Ergen
Set designer: Dinah England
Mar 2014
Momo Musical Polka Theatre, then touring
Filament Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Sabina Netherclift
Set designer: Emma Wee
Mar 2014
The Hard Man Theatre Finborough Theatre
Maximillian Bittleston and Neil McPherson
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Dominy
Set designer: Mike Lees
Mar 2014
Blue Remembered Hills Theatre New Diorama Theatre
New Rep Theatre Co
Lighting Designer Director: Graham Hubbard
Feb 2014
Robin Hood Theatre Corbett Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Graham Hubbard
Set designer: Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Dec 2013
Advice for the Young at Heart Theatre Greenwich Theatre, then touring
Theatre-Centre
Lighting Designer Director: Natalie Wilson
Set designer: Emma Wee
Oct 2013
Death and Gardening Theatre Assembly Roxy Upstairs
Wet Picnic
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Feerick
Set designer: Alice Walkling
Aug 2013
Acis and Galatea Opera Iford Manor
Iford Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Pia Furtado
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
Jul 2013
Once in a Lifetime Theatre BAC
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Robin Sneller
Set designer: John Bell
Jun 2013
Widows Theatre BAC
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Glen Walford
Set designer: John Bell
Jun 2013
La Traviata Opera Iford Manor
Iford Arts
Lighting Designer Director: Bruno Ravella
Set designer: Kimm Kovac
Jun 2013
Nothing is the end of the world (except for the end of the world) Theatre Finborough Theatre
Het Up Theatre and Neil McPherson
Lighting Designer Director: Max Pappenheim
Set designer: Susannah Henry
May 2013
The Match Box Theatre Tricycle Theatre
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Lia Williams
Set designer: Colin Richmond
May 2013
Dirty Great Love Story Theatre Soho Theatre, then touring
Polly Ingham Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Pia Furtado
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
Mar 2013
Equally Divided Theatre Watford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Brigid Larmour
Set designer: Ruari Murchison
Feb 2013
Mother Goose Theatre Watford Palace Theatre
Watford Palace Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Brigid Larmour
Set designer: Cleo Pettit
Dec 2012
One Hour and Eighteen Minutes Theatre New Diorama Theatre
Sputnik Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Noah Birksted-Breen
Set designer: Takis
Nov 2012
Banana Boys Theatre Corbett Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Charlotte Bennett
Set designer: Signe Beckmann
Oct 2012
Mummyji Presents Theatre Watford Palace Theatre
Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Pravesh Kumar
Set designer: Colin Falconer
Oct 2012
Kathy Kirby: Icon Theatre Etcetera Theatre
Mihara Donegan
Lighting Designer Director: Tim Heath
Set designer: David Shields
Aug 2012
The Magic Flute Opera West Green House
Garsington Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Gillingham
Set designer: Bernadette Roberts
Jul 2012
Younghusband Theatre The Yard Theatre
The Yard Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Greg Wohead and Martin Constantine
Set designer: Mark Friend
Jul 2012
L'Hotel du Cirque Theatre Cockpit Theatre
E15 Acting School
Lighting Designer Director: Andrea Brooks
Set designer: Mila Sanders
Jun 2012
The Match Box Theatre Liverpool Playhouse Studio
Liverpool Playhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Lia Williams
Set designer: Colin Richmond
Jun 2012
Walking the Tightrope Theatre Arcola Tent
Arcola
Lighting Designer Director: Owen Calvert-Lyons
Set designer: Neil Irish
Jun 2012
Red Dance Robin Howard Dance Theatre
The Place
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Giuliana Majo
Apr 2012
The Brothers Karamazov Theatre GBS Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: Sue Dunderdale
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Mar 2012
Cautionary Tales Opera Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre, Leeds, then touring
Opera North
Lighting Designer Director: Pia Furtado
Set designer: Madeleine Boyd
Mar 2012
Jealousy Dance The Print Room
The Print Room
Lighting Designer Choreographer: various (see Notes)
Set designer: Laurence Kavanagh
Feb 2012
Snakes and Ladders Theatre Brighton Pavilion Theatre
Plenty Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Kerri McLean
Set designer: Suneeda Maruthiyil
Nov 2011
Werther Opera Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild, Nice
Les Azuriales Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Pia Furtado
Set designer: Cordelia Chisholm
Aug 2011
1888 Musical Union Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Omar F Okai and Simon James Collier
Set designer: David Shields
Jun 2011
I Am a Camera Theatre Rosemary Branch Theatre
Cornelius Cooke Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Owen Calvert-Lyons
Set designer: Amy Yardley
May 2011
Heart of Ice Dance Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place
Maaikor Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Keren'Or Pezard
Jan 2011
Red Riding Hood Theatre Theatre Royal Stratford East
theatre royal stratford east
Lighting Designer Director: Omar F Okai
Set designer: Emma Wee
Dec 2010
Return to the Forbidden Planet Musical Questors Theatre
Claremont High School
Lighting Designer Director: Melinda Woolford
Set designer: Kim Alwyn & Aimee Sajjan-Servaes
Nov 2010
Nina and Shaz Theatre Rich Mix, then touring
Waiting in the Dark
Lighting Designer Director: Laura McCluskey
Set designer: Vicky Sweatman
Oct 2010
Von Ribbentrop's Watch Theatre Oxford Playhouse, then touring
Oxford Playhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Brigid Larmour
Set designer: Emma Wee
Sep 2010
The Elixir of Love Opera Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Harry Fehr
Set designer: Emma Melati Wee
Jul 2010
Entwined Dance Robin Howard Dance Theatre
Rachel Dean
Lighting Designer Jan 2010
Questions of Intimacy Dance Robin Howard Dance Theatre
Alenka Herman
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Alenka Herman
Jan 2010
Fame Musical Questors Theatre
Claremont High School
Lighting Designer Director: Melinda Woolford
Set designer: Ben Gerlis
Nov 2009
Scenes from the Big Picture Theatre The Poor School
The Poor School
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Dunham
May 2009
sohostreets Theatre Soho Theatre and site specific
Soho Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Suzanne Gorman
Set designer: Pip Nash
Apr 2009
In Blood Theatre Arcola Theatre
Arcola Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Noah Birksted-Breen
Set designer: Naomi Dawson
Jan 2009
French Paste Theatre Shaw Theatre
Theatrespot Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Richard Gallagher
Set designer: Wesley Henderson-Rowe
Jul 2008
Finisterre Theatre Theatre 503 Lighting Designer Director: Max Webster
Set designer: Anna Finch
Mar 2008
Workshop Performances Dance The Place
London Contemporary Dance School
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Various
Dec 2007
The Slow Sword Theatre Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington
Sputnik Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Noah Birksted-Breen
Set designer: Alice Butler
Nov 2007
Dolly West's Kitchen Theatre Vanbrugh Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: Nick Hutchison
Set designer: Alison Cartledge
Oct 2007
Songs For A New World Musical Edinburgh Fringe - Roxy 1
Theatrespot Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Paul David Watson / Paul Herbert
Aug 2007
From Both Hips Theatre Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington
C Company
Lighting Designer Director: Aileen Gonsalves
Set designer: Mark Simmonds
Jul 2007
Superplays return - revenge of the under 11's Theatre Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Suzanne Gorman
Set designer: Brian D Hanlon
Jul 2007
Vinegar Tom Theatre Vanbrugh Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: Jacqui Somerville
Set designer: Mark Simmonds
Jul 2007
The Canterbury Tales Theatre Vanbrugh Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: Aileen Gonsalves
Set designer: Mark Simmonds
Jul 2007
Touched Theatre GBS Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: David Tucker
Set designer: Cordelia Chisholm
May 2007
Barbarians Theatre GBS Theatre
RADA
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Cox
Set designer: Keith Orton
Mar 2007

As You Like It

Emma Bailey’s simple designs are bathed in sumptuous lighting, designed by Charlie Lucas and Sally Ferguson.
Stephen Bates, The Public Reviews 23/09/2014

The Muddy Choir

Sound and lighting are used brilliantly to create the atmosphere and danger of Ypres. In the poignant final scene flashes of coloured light mixes with the sound to suggest explosions which pointedly drown out the voices of the men. Full credit to Elena Pena and Charlie Lucas for the authenticity this gives the play.
Maryam Philpott, The Public Reviews 24/09/2014
this production by director Natalie Wilson is simply staged with some stunning sound and lighting effects. ... Contributing greatly to the atmosphere of Natalie Wilsons’s carefully shaped production are Charlie Lucas’s lighting and the sound design of Elena Peña
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide 24/09/2014

The Match Box

Leanne Best is worth the price of admission alone and, along with lighting designer Charlie Lucas, deserves ample credit for a performance that is at once controlled and wild, and utterly believable.
Steve Cummins, Irish Post 20/05/2013
Colin Richmond's design of a remote and uninhabited country shack, adorned with a forlorn crucifix and rudimentary furniture, is beautifully lit by Charlie Lucas, so that McGuinness' eleven slabs of narrative acquire a sort of religious significance, like Stations of the Cross on the way to Sal's Calvary of brimstone and sulphur.
Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com 09/05/2013
Charlie Lucas' lighting is beautifully subtle – he captures excellently day turning into night through the door and window, drawing the eye closer to Sal as the light becomes sparse.
Chris Hislop, One Stop Arts 09/05/2013
Credit must be given to Colin Richmond for set design. Both simple and effective, it conveys Sal’s life stripped down to basic necessities – a grim but functional bed, table, chair. This representation of the internal being expressed by the external also applies to the set lighting. The warmth of sunlight peaking through door and window evokes the changing light from dawn to dusk, an indication of time passing and of Sal’s tenacity to find an understanding to her life.
Bambi McIntyre, Camden Review 09/05/2013
Atmosphere is created flawlessly thanks to a subtle lighting design by Charlie Lucas, never impinging the action on stage, but skilfully saying ‘I’m here.’
John Roberts, The Public Reviews 20/06/2012

Red Riding Hood

Charlie’s Lucas’s lighting is for the most part understated, but it becomes incredibly powerful when it’s used to enhance the wolf’s hypnotic ‘puffs’, its harmonious connection with the sound effects creates an intensely mesmerising experience.
Richard J Thornton, Extra! Extra! 20/12/2010
Charlie Lucas’ lighting ably sets the mood for each scene and also acts as the special effects when the wolf starts huffing and puffing...
Natalie Woolman, The Stage 16/12/2010
Theatre:
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • International
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
  • Touring relights
Non-professional:
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07977 577216

Email address

charlie@charlielucas.co.uk