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Jon Driscoll

Lighting designer


English cinematographer and lighting and projection designer Jon Driscoll made his Royal Opera debut in 2005 as co-projection designer with Gemma Carrington on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Olivia Fuchs. He has since returned as co-projection designer with Carrington on Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet.

Driscoll was born in Great Yarmouth. He studied theatre design at the Croydon College of Art and went on to work as a lighting technician for the National Theatre, before studying cinematography at the National Film and Television School. He is the director of post-production company cinelumina and a technical associate of the National Theatre. His many theatre projection designs include Frost/Nixon (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway), Enron (Headlong and Broadway), 3 Winters, King Lear, The Effect and People (National Theatre), Midnight’s Children (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Lightning Play and Whistling Psyche (Almeida), Richard III (Old Vic), Brief Encounter (Kneehigh and international tour), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, From Here to Eternity, Ghost the Musical, The King’s Speech, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies and Dirty Dancing (West End) and Chaplin the Musical and Finding Neverland (Broadway). His opera and ballet projection designs include Genoveva (Opera North), Carmen (Santa Fe Opera) and Arthur (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Other credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall) and Kate Bush: Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo).

Driscoll’s awards include the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Paul Pyant.

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Ballet Essentials: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

27 November 2014
Ballet Essentials: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Our quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's glorious family ballet, based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.