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Jon Clark

Lighting designer


British 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. In the 2016/17 Season he lights The Exterminating Angel, a co-production with Salzburg Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Clark works prolifically in theatre and is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His credits there include A Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest. He works regularly for the National Theatre, where his credits include Amadeus, As You Like It, Beaux Stratagem, Othello, Hansel and Gretel, Damned by Despair, Collaborators, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet, The Cat in the Hat and Our Class. Further credits include productions in the West End (Made in Dagenham, The Commitments), for the Almeida (Richard III, King Lear, The House of Bernarda Alba, among others), Trafalgar Studios (Dr Faustus, The Maids, The Ruling Class), the Young Vic (A Streetcar Named Desire, A Season in the Congo) and the Royal Court (Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Pride, among others).

Clark’s opera credits include Macbeth for Royal Danish Opera, The Winter’s Tale, 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?