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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. He has since returned to create the lighting designs for La Sylphide and Napoli Divertissements, and for revivals of The Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia and Tales of Beatrix Potter.

Jonathan 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. 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, Bavarian State Opera, Maggio Musicale Florence, Potsdam, and Spoleto Festival, with engagements including Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera, The Rape of Lucretia and Mathis de Maler in Vienna and Il trittico in 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.