Mark Jonathan’s lighting designs for The Royal Ballet have included The Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, Cinderella, Tales of Beatrix Potter and La Sylphide. He has designed extensively for drama, dance, opera and musical theatre around the world. He worked in the lighting department at Glyndebourne Festival 1978–92 and was head of lighting at the National Theatre 1993–2003.
Elsewhere his work in ballet has included Aladdin, Cyrano, Far from the Madding Crowd, Beauty and the Beast, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Dante Sonata (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Aladdin (Japanese National Ballet and Houston Ballet). His designs have also been seen at American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart, Staatsballett Berlin and Toulouse. He has designed for opera companies including Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Florence, Potsdam, and Spoleto Festival. Recent work in opera has included Don Giovanni (Scottish Opera), The Rape of Lucretia and Mathis de Maler (Vienna) and Il trittico (Los Angeles, directed by William Friedkin and Woody Allen).
Jonathan's lighting design for WNO's production of Berg’s Lulu was nominated for a Knight of Illumination Award and exhibited at World Stage Design 2013. In 1999 his designs were selected as part of the British entry into the Prague Quadrennial of theatre design. In 2007 his design for Prometheus Bound (New York) was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. He is vice-chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers and writes a regular column for its magazine, Focus.
Akane Takada as Aurora and Artists of the Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014
Stephen McRae as the Prince and Roberta Marquez as Cinderella in Cinderella. © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2010
Thiago Soares as The Prince and Marianela Nuñez as Cinderella in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton 2010
Lauren Cuthbertson as Cinderella, Federico Bonelli as the Prince, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011
The Royal Ballet in the Garland Dance, Act I, The Sleeping Beauty, 2011 © ROH / Johan Persson, 2011
Marianela Nuñez as The Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH/2011
Laura Morera and David Pickering in Tales of Beatrix Potter © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010
Helen Crawford as the Lilac Fairy and artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Johan Persson/ROH 2009