Photographer: Rob Halliday | From the show West Side Story
Photographer: Rob Halliday | From the show West Side Story
Because sometimes all you really need is the light of one candle... | Photographer: Rob Halliday | From the show Jane Eyre
Photographer: Rob Halliday | From the show Candide
Photograph from Tommy - lighting design by Rob Halliday
Photographer: Rob Halliday | From the show Tommy

Rob Halliday

Rob has worked as a lighting designer, associate lighting designer and lighting programmer around the world for more than twenty years, after starting in theatre with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and then touring with the English Shakespeare Company.

As a lighting designer, his recent work includes the acclaimed dance show Tree of Codes with director Wayne McGregor and visual artist Olafur Eliasson (seen in Manchester, New York, Paris, London, Aarhus and Melbourne, with Sydney coming soon), the first three shows at the new Storybouse Theatre in Chester,  Hello Dolly, Buried Child, Sweeney ToddOliver! and West Side Story at the Leicester Curve, Dietrich Letters touring the UK, Goodbye Barcelona at the Arcola, Glengary Glenn Ross and The Women for Mountview, The Wizard of Oz on tour in the US and in New York, Daddy Cool in the West End and Berlin, the UK and US tours of My Fair Lady (with David Hersey and Oliver Fenwick, winnder of the Touring Broadway 2008 award for Best Production), and the UK tour of Equus (with David Hersey, nominated for the 2008 TMA Lighting Award).

He has lit the Royal Academy of Music's showcase musicals for the most of the last decade, productions there including A My Name Is Alice, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, A Little Night Music, The Baker's Wife, The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Happy End, City of Angels, Jane Eyre, Oh What A Lovely War, Sweet Charity, Follies, Tommy, The Pajama Game and Promises Promises. For LAMDA, he has lit Candide, Kiss Me Kate, Maggie May, The Fix, City of Angels and Hair. Other designs include Our Country's Good for Guildhall, The Recruiting Officer in Colchester, Hamlet for the Neuss Festival, Is There Life After High School at the Bridewell and Groping For Trouts In A Peculiar River at BAC, which was nominated for the London Fringe Lighting Award.

As Lighting Programmer and Associate Lighting Designer, translating other lighting designer's visions into the practicalities of modern day automated lighting rigs; in this role his shows have included, in New York, the Tony-award winning Red, Tony-award nominated Equus, Hamlet, Mary Poppins and Oklahoma! and the new production of Evita; Shakespeare in Love, Bend It Like BeckhamFinding Neverland, Betty Blue Eyes, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Anything Goes, Ragtime, Oklahoma!, Oliver! and many others in the UK and around the world. He is currently re-creating the lighting for Billy Elliot on its UK tour, having previously worked on the show in Holland and on its US tour; he is also the lighting programmer for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's year-long residency at the Garrick Theatre.

Rob has lectured at trade shows including PLASA, LDI and the Broadway Lighting Master Class, and drama colleges including Rose Bruford, LAMDA, NIDA and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He has helped specify lighting equipment for venues including the Leicester Curve and CAST Doncaster, one of the first venues in the UK to use the Source Four LED fixtures. He writes regularly for a range of lighting industry publications, including Lighting & Sound International (including the monthly Classic Gear column), Lighting & Sound America, Live Design and The Stage. His first books, Entertainment in Production vols 1 & 2, collect together the best of these articles from 1994-1999 and 2000-2006; they are available now from Entertainment Technology Press. He also the creator of the FocusTrack and SpotTrack show documentation software systems, and a founder of the Backtage Heritage Collection, which aims to document and preserve historic backstage equipment.

www.robhalliday.com

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Storyhouse, Chester
Storyhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Alex Clifton
Set designer: Jess Curtis
Jun 2017
Alice in Wonderland Theatre Storyhouse, Chester
Storyhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Derek Bond
Set designer: Jess Curtis
May 2017
The Beggar’s Opera Theatre Storyhouse, Chester
Storyhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Alex Clifton
Set designer: Jess Curtis
May 2017
Tree of Codes Dance Musikhuset, Aarhus
Manchester International Festival
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Set designer: Olafur Eliasson
Apr 2017
Tree of Codes Dance Sadler's Wells Lighting Designer Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Set designer: Olafur Eliasson
Mar 2017
Sweeney Todd Theatre Curve, Leicester
Curve, Leicester
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Jun 2013
A Catered Affair Theatre Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Ryan
Set designer: Alistair Turner
Jun 2013
Little Me Theatre Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Alistair Turner
Jun 2013
Hello Dolly Theatre Curve, Leicester
Curve, Leicester
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Set designer: Sara Perks
Dec 2012
Oliver! Theatre Curve, Leicester
Curve, Leicester
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Aug 2012
The Pajama Game Theatre Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2012
Promises Promises Theatre Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Ryan
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2012
Glengarry Glen Ross Theatre Jacksons Lane
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Moore
Set designer: Olivia Ward
Feb 2012
The Women Theatre Jacksons Lane
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Gersch
Set designer: Olivia Ward
Feb 2012
Goodbye Barcelona Theatre Arcola Theatre
Goodbar Productions / Arcola
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Nigel Hook
Nov 2011
Buried Child Theatre Curve Studio
Leicester Curve
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Set designer: Paul Wills
Nov 2011
Soho Cinders Theatre Queens Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Butterell
Set designer: Tim Hatley
Oct 2011
West Side Story Theatre Curve Main House
Curve, Leicester
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Jul 2011
Tommy Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Guy Retallack
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2011
Follies Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2011
Sweet Charity Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2009
Oh What A Lovely War Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Lloyd
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2009
The Wizard of Oz Theatre Tampa, Florida, then touring
NETworks
Lighting Designer Director: Nigel West
Set designer: Tim McQuillen-Wright
Oct 2008
Titanic: The Musical Theatre Shaw Theatre, London
Mountview
Lighting Designer Director: Ian good
Set designer: Keith Baker
Mar 2008
Equus Theatre Chichester Festival Theatre, then touring
David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Theatre Royal Bath
Lighting Designer Director: Thea Sharrock, Rachel Russell
Set designer: John Napier, Morgan Large
Jan 2008
My Fair Lady Theatre Tampa Florida, then touring
NETworks / Cameron Mackintosh
Lighting Designer Director: Trevor Nunn, Shaun Kerrison
Set designer: Anthony Ward, Matt Kinley
Sep 2007
City of Angels Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2007
Jane Eyre Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Ryan
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2007
Daddy Cool Theatre EuropArena, Berlin, then touring
Frank Farian
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Goldberg
Set designer: Jon Morrell
Apr 2007
Daddy Cool Musical Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Robert Mackintosh / Frank Farian
Lighting Designer Director: Andy Goldberg
Set designer: Jon Morrell
Sep 2006
Russian Romance London Concert Barbican Concert Hall, London
MLM
Lighting Designer Director: Mitchell Moreno
Apr 2006
Candide Theatre MacOwan Theatre
LAMDA
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Sue Mayes
Feb 2006
Russian Romance Russia Theatre Oktiabrskiy Hall, St Petersburg, Russia
MLM
Lighting Designer Director: Mitchell Moreno
Set designer: Mitchell Moreno, Mikhail Platonov
Nov 2005
My Fair Lady Theatre Manchester Palace, then touring
NETworks / Cameron Mackintosh
Lighting Designer Director: Trevor Nunn, Shaun Kerrison
Set designer: Anthony Ward, Matt Kinley
Oct 2005
Russian Romance Theatre Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
MLM
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Ryan
Jul 2005
The Merry Wives of Windsor Theatre Windsor / Neuss / Highgate
Wild Thyme
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Lydia Hardiman
Jun 2005
Into The Woods Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
The Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Anne-Marie Speed
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2005
Happy End Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
The Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Nigel A Hook
Jun 2005
Kiss Me Kate Theatre MacOwan Theatre
LAMDA
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Philip Engleheart
Feb 2005
Sweeney Todd Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Ryan
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2004
The Wiz Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2004
Maggie May Theatre MacOwan Theatre
LAMDA
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Philip Engleheart
Feb 2004
Hamlet Theatre Globe, Neuss; Gatehouse, London
Wild Thyme
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Dora Schweitzer
Jul 2003
The Baker's Wife Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Jo Davies
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2003
A Little Night Music Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Bob Bailey
Jun 2003
The Fix Theatre MacOwan Theatre
LAMDA
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Philip Engleheart
Feb 2003
Pippin Theatre Arts Ed Lighting Designer Director: Graham Gill
Set designer: Jamie Todd
Nov 2001
The Recruiting Officer Theatre Mercury, Colchester Lighting Designer Director: Gregory Floy
Set designer: David Thomas
Oct 2001
A Chorus Line Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Karen Rabinowitz
Set designer: Charles Quiggin
Jun 2001
Cabaret Theatre Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
Royal Academy of Music
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Ryan
Set designer: Charles Quiggin
Jun 2001
Our Country's Good Theatre Guildhall Theatre
Guildhall
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Jameson
Set designer: Sue Mayes
May 2001
Is There Life After High School? Theatre Bridewell, London Lighting Designer Director: Matt Ryan
Set designer: Charles Quiggin
May 2001
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