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Tony Simpson

Tony trained at Middlesex University and has worked as a lighting designer and practitioner across a wide spectrum of disciplines for over twenty seven years. He has worked extensively as a theatrical lighting designer, as well as designing and running many large commercial projects and also working within the feature film industry.

West End Design includes: 
Sign of the Times (The Duchess); Bat Boy - The Musical (The Shaftesbury & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (Trafalgar Studios); The Tiger that came to Tea (The Vaudeville and The Apollo); We’re going on a Bear Hunt (The Duchess); Stop Messing About (Leicester Square Theatre); Ying Tong – A Walk with the Goons (The Ambassadors); Members Only (Trafalgar Studios); Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Trafalgar Studios & Assembly); Berkoff’s Women (The Ambassadors); Cooking with Elvis (The Whitehall); Round The Horne…Revisited and Round The Horne…Revisited 2 (The Venue & UK Tours) and Under the Doctor (The Comedy).

In feature film, Tony has recently been the concert lighting designer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He was the theatrical lighting director for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Disney’s’ Beauty and the Beast. Commercially Tony has designed and managed numerous corporate productions including All Saints, Cartier, De Beers, Little Mix, Gucci at Westminster Abbey and several fashion shows including Ralph Lauren, Cottweiler and the 2015 L’Oreal Colour Trophy awards. He regularly lights orchestral concerts at London’s Southbank for The London Sinfonietta.

Other Theatre Design Includes:
There is a Field, Bleach / Hostage (Theatre 503) Pelleas et Melisande (Glyndebourne Festival Opera) Array (59 Productions / Barbican Tunnel) Blackout (Oval House) The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park Theatre / Gatehouse, Highgate / Assembly) La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen (Winslow Hall Opera); Private Ear Public Eye, The Handyman (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford and Tours) Mr Stink (UK Tour); Every Coin, The Archbishop and the Anarchist, The Long Road (Soho); Sign of the Times (Windsor Theatre Royal & UK Tour); The Tiger That Came to Tea (UK & International Tours); We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (UK Tours); Girls Night (UK Tours); Stop Messing About (The Rose Theatre, Kingston); Steptoe & Son (Plymouth & UK Tour); Blue Orange (Watford Palace); The Flu Season, Habitats (The Gate); Falstaff, Hansel and Gretel (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London); Tuesday’s Child (Hampstead Theatre Studio); The Way of The World, The Weir, Waiting for Godot, Arcadia (Royal Theatre Northampton); Master Harold…and the Boys, Burn, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); The Lesson, The Merchant of Venice (Arcola Theatre); Small Miracle, Death of a Salesman, She Stoops to Conquer, Miss Julie, Blue Sky State, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Betrayal, Brass Balls, Our Country’s Good, (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Emperor and the Nightingale (The Watermill, Newbury).

Tony has worked extensively as an Associate Lighting Designer re lighting in London, on tour and internationally, productions include Satyagraha (Los Angeles Opera) Death in Venice (Opera North) the National Theatre’s Life x 3 and An Inspector Calls (both West End & various UK Tours); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (West End); Amadeus (West End, UK Tours, New York & Los Angeles); The Woman in Black (eleven UK Tours, Hong Kong and Singapore); The Weir (Royal Court UK Tours, Sicily & Australia); The Shape of Things (West End); Patsy Cline – The Musical (West End and UK Tours) Peter Pan – The British Musical (West End); Tapping Harlem (UK Tour) and Hobson’s Choice (Chichester and UK Tours). Tony has also toured with the RSC, Welsh National Opera, and the Royal Opera House and has worked for the Lighting Departments of English National Opera, The Royal Court Theatre, White Light and Garsington Opera.

Tony is a professional designer member of the Association of Lighting Designers. He spent six years as a Lighting Designer and Lecturer for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and since 2003 has been a visiting Lecturer for Birkbeck, University of London. He was a review committee member for the National Council for Drama Training and served for eight years on the British Actors Equity Theatre Designers Committee.

In repertoire

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team
Pelleas and Melisande Opera Glyndebourne
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Stefan Herheim and Tony Simpson
Director: Stefan Herheim
Set designer: Philipp Furhofer

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
There is a Field Theatre Theatre 503, London
Synergy Theatre Project
Lighting Designer Director: Esther Baker
Set designer: Katie McPhee / Patrick Bill
Feb 2019
Satyagraha Opera Dororthy Chandler Pavillion, Los Angeles
LA Opera
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Paule Constable
Director: Phelim McDermott
Set designer: Julian Crouch
Oct 2018
Pelleas and Melisande Opera Glyndebourne
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Stefan Herheim and Tony Simpson
Director: Stefan Herheim
Set designer: Philipp Furhofer
Jun 2018
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Large scale
  • Small scale
  • Arena Touring
  • Stage Touring
  • Product Launches
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Fashion Shows
  • Conferences
  • Award Ceremonies
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