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Jon Clark

Lighting designer


English lighting designer Jon Clark made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 on Written on Skin, and also designed lighting for Clemency for ROH2 in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He has since returned to light Król Roger, L’Étoile and Lucia di Lammermoor for The Royal Opera. In the 2016/17 Season he creates the lighting design for The Exterminating Angel.

Clark studied theatre design at Bretton Hall, Leeds University, and works prolifically in theatre. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his credits include A Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest. He also works regularly for the National Theatre, where his credits include Othello, Hansel and Gretel, The Effect, Damned by Despair, Collaborators, Greenland, Beauty and the Beast and Hamlet. Further credits include productions for the Almeida (Richard III, King Lear and The House of Bernarda Alba, among others), the Young Vic (A Season in the Congo), the Royal Court (Aunt Dan and Lemon and The Pride, among others), in the West End and for the Lincoln Center, New York.

Clark’s opera credits include Macbeth for Royal Danish Opera, The Return of Ulysses, The Perfect American and Caligula for English National Opera, The Perfect American for Teatro Real, Madrid, Orest for Dutch National Opera and Street Scene and The Lion’s Head for The Opera Group. He has lit dance productions for Bern Ballett and Scottish Dance.

News and features

How to Stage an Opera: Opening the inner world of <em>Król Roger</em>

How to Stage an Opera: Opening the inner world of Król Roger

11 May 2015

When the huge stage you're working on can accommodate 33 red London buses, how do directors illuminate the nuanced inner struggles of a character?