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Mark Jonathan

Lighting designer


Lighting designer Mark Jonathan made his Royal Ballet debut in 2003 on a revival of Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella and has since returned to design La Sylphide and Napoli Divertissements and revivals of The Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia and Tales of Beatrix Potter.

Jonathan designs extensively for drama, dance, opera and musical theatre around the world. He worked at Glyndebourne Festival 1978–92 and was head of lighting at the National Theatre 1993–2003. Ballet credits include Aladdin, Cyrano, Far from the Madding Crowd, Beauty and the Beast, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Dante Sonata (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Aladdin (Japanese National Ballet and Houston Ballet), and for companies including 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, Bavarian State Opera, Maggio Musicale Florence, Teatro Real, Madrid, Danish National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Finnish National Opera, Israeli Opera and Spoleto Festival.

Jonathan’s lighting design for Lulu (WNO) 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. In 2014 he became an honorary fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is vice-chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers and writes a regular column for its magazine, Focus.