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John Charlton

Lighting designer


John Charlton is Lighting Manager for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, at Covent Garden and on tour. He designed lighting for John Copley’s production of La bohème for The Royal Opera and has lit revivals of Royal Opera productions including Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, Don Giovanni, Il trovatore, The Greek Passion, Tosca, Carmen and Die Zauberflöte. He was co-lighting designer for The Royal Opera’s productions of La sonnambula (2002 and 2011) and Così fan tutte, and lighting designer for I Capuleti e i Montecchi and La bohème.

Charlton studied electrical engineering and worked at the Adelphi, Lyric, Her Majesty’s, Phoenix, Savoy and Vaudeville theatres, before joining the Royal Opera House to work on the lighting control systems. He was later appointed Assistant Head of the Electrics Department of the Royal Opera House, assisting on new productions and revivals, before being appointed to his current position.

Charlton was part of the design team for the stage lighting systems in the rebuilding of the Royal Opera House in 1999.

News and features

Bringing a classic into focus: The challenges of reviving Les Contes d’Hoffmann

21 November 2016
Bringing a classic into focus: The challenges of reviving <em>Les Contes d’Hoffmann</em>

With gigantic sets and rail-upon-rail of luxurious costumes, John Schlesinger’s sumptuous production is one of the toughest to stage in the repertory.