Photograph from Peter Pan - lighting design by Johnathan Rainsforth
Photographer: origin8photography | From the show Peter Pan
Photograph from Forgotten Broadway 2 - lighting design by Johnathan Rainsforth
From the show Forgotten Broadway 2
Photograph from Educating Rita - lighting design by Johnathan Rainsforth
Photographer: George William Knox | From the show Educating Rita
Photograph from Cinderella - lighting design by Johnathan Rainsforth
From the show Cinderella
Photograph from Peter Pan - lighting design by Johnathan Rainsforth
Photographer: origin8photography | From the show Peter Pan
Johnathan Rainsforth's picture

John Rainsforth

About Me:

A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011, John whilst a Lighting Designer in his own right, has been on the road for the past 7 years assisting and re-creating other Lighting Designers work’s around the world.

Current & Forthcoming Productions:

Romeo & Juliet | Guildford School of Acting, Directed by Katarzyna Deszcz // The Children’s Hour | Guilford School of Acting, Directed by Emma Bernardm // We Will Rock You | The Customs House, Directed by Gareth Hunter // (LD) Rapunzel (Pantomime)| The Customs House, Directed by Ray Spencer

Previous Productions (* As Assistant/Associate):

Snow White (The Customs House) // Cinderella, Pantomime (Kettering, Lighthouse Theatre) // Peter Pan (Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth) // Love and Information (Guilford School of Acting) // Cosmonaut’s Last Message (Guilford School of Acting) // All About My Mother (Guilford School of Acting) // Dolly Mixtures the Musical (The Customs House) // High School Musical  (The Customs House) // Bobby Robson Saved My Life (UK TOUR) // Mack and Mabel (The Mill, GSA) //Everywhere We Go (The Customs House) // My Uncle Freddy (The Customs House) // Addams Family, Musical (The  Customs House) // End of The Pier (The Customs House) // Legally Blonde, Musical (The Customs House) // Educating Rita (The Customs House) // Dolly Mixtures, Musical (The Customs House) // Bring It On, Musical (The Customs House) // Alice in Wonderland (The Customs House) // Annie, Musical (The Customs House) // Lion King the Musical (UK Tour)* // Aladdin, Musical (The Sunderland Empire) // Bugsy Malone, Musical (The Sunderland Empire)

As Re-Lighter, Production Electrician & Lighting Programmer

Oor Wullie, Scottish Tour //  Friendsical The Musical (UK Tour)  // When The Boat Comes In: The Wonder Year (The Customs House) // Some Like It Hip Hope (UK Tour) // A Thousand Splendid Suns (UK Tour) // Legally Blonde,Musical (UK Tour) //  NT Macbeth (UK Tour) // Cinderella, Pantomime (QDOS Pantomimes) // RENT,Musical (UK Tour & West End) //  Jackie The Musical (UK Tour) // Dick Whittington (QDOS Pantomimes) // Swan Lake on Ice (International Tour) // Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour) // Some Girl I Used To Know (UK Tour) // Carnaby Street the Musical (UK Tour)

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
Peter Pan Theatre The Central Theatre, Chatham
Jordan Productions
Lighting Designer 10 Dec 2020
Rapunzel Theatre The Customs House Lighting Designer Director: Ray Spencer
Set designer: Sami Fendall
25 Nov 2020

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Peter Pan Theatre Rickmansworth Watersmeet
Jordan Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Michael Burgen
Dec 2019
Cinderella Theatre Kettering Lighthouse Theatre
Jordan Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Milton
Dec 2019
Snow White Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Ray Spencer
Set designer: Fox and Shriek
Nov 2019
All About My Mother Theatre GSA
GSA Conservatiore
Lighting Designer Director: Hannah Bannister
Set designer: Elliott Squire
Nov 2019
Love and Information Theatre GSA
GSA Conservatiore
Lighting Designer Director: Sean Linnen
Set designer: Elliott Squire
Nov 2019
Cosmonaut’s Last Message Theatre GSA
GSA Conservatiore
Lighting Designer Director: Audrey Sheffield
Set designer: Elliott Squire
Nov 2019
Dolly Mixtures The Musical Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Mina Anwar
Set designer: David Wilkinson
Aug 2019
Disney's High School Musical Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Hunter
Set designer: John Rainsforth
Aug 2019
Bobby Robson Saved My Life Theatre The Customs House, then touring
ION Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Brown
Set designer: Gareth Hunter
Jul 2019
Mack and Mabel Theatre The Mill Studio - Yvonne Arnaud
GSA
Lighting Designer Director: Julian Woolford
Jun 2019
Forgotten Broadway 2 Concert Customs House, South Shields Lighting & Projection / Video Designer May 2019
Everywhere We Go Theatre The Customs House
Boyle Yer Stotts Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Dale Meeks
May 2019
Addams Family Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Hunter
Set designer: John Rainsforth & Gareth Hunter
Aug 2018
My Uncle Freddy Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Hunter
Jul 2018
Cinderella Theatre Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Qdos Pantomimes
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Will West
Director: Michael Vivian
Dec 2017
End of The Peir Theatre The Customs House
ION Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Neil Armstrong
Set designer: Gareth Hunter
Aug 2017
Legally Blonde - The Musical Theatre Customs House, South Shields
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Hunter
Set designer: JR/GH
Aug 2017
Educating Rita Theatre Customs House
ION Productions
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johnathan Rainsforth
Director: Neil Armstrong
Sep 2016
Dolly Mixtures The Musical Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Ray Spencer
Set designer: David Wilkinson
Aug 2016
Bring It On the Musical Theatre The Customs House
The Customs House
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johnathan Rainsforth
Director: Gareth Hunter
Set designer: Gareth Hunter
Aug 2016
Dick Whittington Theatre Dartford Orchard
Qdos Pantomimes
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Will West
Director: Nick Winston
Dec 2015
Alice in Wonderland Theatre The Customs House Lighting Designer Director: Ray Spencer
Set designer: Fox and Shriek
Dec 2015
Annie Theatre The Customs House
South Shields GandS
Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Hunter
Feb 2013
Aladdin Theatre Sunderland Empire
Centre Stage North East
Lighting Designer Director: Fiona Clegg
Jun 2012
Bugsy Malone Theatre Sunderland Empire
Ambassador Theatre Group
Lighting Designer Director: Steve Woodridge
Aug 2011

Snow White

The lighting (John Rainsforth) adds dramatically to various scenes, changing the mood of many backdrops, such as the second half opening bathed in intense sinister red for the Evil Queen, then warm lilac's for the prince.
Anna Ambelez, TheReviewsHub 29/11/2019

Dolly Mixtures The Musical

John Rainsforth’s lighting really enhances the show. Elevating the mood of the scenes and effortlessly taking the action to various locations through lighting changes.
Steven Sullivan, North East Theatre Guide 22/08/2019

Annie

Use of back projected graphics set the atmosphere in many scenes, and was used to good effect in the minimalistic set.
20/02/2013
Theatre:
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Touring relights
Opera:
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • Touring relights
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07432 568 989

Email address

john@jrlx.co.uk

Website

http://www.jrlx.co.uk

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