Scherzo at British Charity Gala

Scherzo was selected by the Royal Ballet as their piece to be performed at the British Charity Gala. The gala was staged at the Royal Albert Hall and hosted by Darcey Bussell. Organised and filmed by the Ballet Boyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the evening broadcast in a special event on YouTube. Personal thanks to Lighting Designer Andrew Ellis who recreated the work for the event.

Royal Ballet Divertissement & New Works December 2020

The Royal Ballet produced an evening of divertissements, new pieces and a restaging of Within the Golden Hour by Christopher Wheeldon. Lighting was designed and recreated for the whole evening which contained three new works, revivals of Le Corsaire and Dance of the Blessed Spirit, a solo created by Sir Frederick Ashton and a new piece by Valentino Zucchetti Scherzo set to the second movement of Rachmaninov Symphony No2. The evening was broadcast live worldwide, Directed by Peter Jones.

Royal Opera Ariodante Concert November 2020

Lighting for a Royal Opera semi-staged version of the Handel opera Ariodante first premiered at the original Covent garden site. Lighting produced for a worldwide live broadcast Produced by Peter Jones and Directed for the stage by Isabelle Kettle. (image courtesy of Tristram Kenton)

Royal Opera Concert 4th September 2020

Lighting Design completed for a Royal Opera Concert broadcast live worldwide from Covent Garden on the 4th of September. For this event the seating was removed from the stalls and the floor carpeted to create an acoustically decent and socially distanced space for the full orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano. The event was an online and critical success while also viewed by a select group of observers distanced in the higher tiers of the theatre. Congratulations to Ollie Mears and the ROH Company for bold programming and great thanks to Kit Withnail’s team and Bernie Davies who expertly assisted for camera exposure and broadcast.

Happy Days Revival

The Oslo National Theatre production of Happy Days has been revived as one of the first plays to open in this post-lockdown period. In many ways an ideal distanced play and topical for these times. Wishing the cast and everyone connected to the theatre the best of luck for the new performances.

Lykkedager - Happy Days Opens

Happy Days opened in Oslo on February 14th 2020 to great acclaim with the performance of Anne Krigsvoll particularly noted in reviews. Many thanks to Anne-Karen and Milja and all the team at the National Theatre for making the piece such a special event.

Disgraced - Krenket Opens in Norway

The Ayad Akhtar play “Disgraced” renamed “Krenket” in Oslo opened to great acclaim on August 31st at the Norwegian National Theatre. Directed by Marit Moum Aune, and designed by Siri Langdalen. Great thanks to all of the exceptional team at the theatre. Some some images have been added to the Works page gallery.

The Dante Project - LA & Covent Garden

The first part of The Dante Project - Inferno - is currently being made at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles premiering on July 12th 2019. It is a new full length ballet creation of the Divine Comedy with Choreography by Wayne McGregor, music from Composer Thomas Ades and scenery and costumes by the artist Tacita Dean. The lighting for Inferno is a Co-Design with Lucy Carter. Paradise and Purgatory will be created in London and premiered in March 2020 with lighting by Lucy Carter.

Oslo National Theatre

Rehearsal have begun for the Norwegian National Theatre production of Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. A powerful award winning one act play tackling identity and racism against the backdrop of Eastern, Islamic and American politics and traditions. To open in August 2019.

Directed by Marit Moum Aune

Designed by Siri Langdalen

Lighting by Simon Bennison

Costume by Ingrid Nylander

The Lady from the Sea - The Print Room

A new production of The Lady from the Sea - Ibsen. Is about to begin rehearsing for a February premiere at The Print Room. The work will be performed in Norwegian and English and is a co-production with the Norwegian Ibsen Company directed by Marit Moum Aune and designed by Erlend Birkeland.

Australian Helpman Awards 2018

For the Best Ballet section of the Helpman Awards this year, three quarters of the nominations and the winner was work by Lucy Carter and Natasha Katz recreated by Simon Bennison. Congratulations  to Australian Ballet winning for their production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

How It Is opens

The Gare St Lazare production of How It Is Part 1 opened on Friday in London at The Print Room Theatre in Notting Hill. A continuing collaboration after previous productions of Title and Deed, and a Beckett Festival.

Scottish Ballet BBC iPlayer

The ballet Baiser de la Fée performed by Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from October 2017, is currently available for the next three weeks on the arts section of BBC iPlayer. There is also the opportunity to see the powerful Christopher Hampson Rite of Spring, also uploaded to view.

Twyla Tharp New Design

New lighting design commission for a Twyla Tharp piece with the Royal Ballet. She will be reworking an earlier work ‘As Time Goes By’ with additional choreography to create a new piece called ‘The Illustrated Farewell’. Set to a Haydn symphony the original work was lit by Jennifer Tipton which will be recreated and new lighting designed for the new dance passages. Due to premiere early November in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Royal Ballet website information

Perm Ballet Diaghilev Festival 2017

Currently in production week for a new version of the Stravinsky ballet Le Baisir de la Fée. Choreographed by Vyacheslav Samodurov, Set Design by Anthony Macilwaine and lighting by Simon Bennison. Opening night May 25th.

Romeo Wins

The Ekaterinburg Ballet production of Romeo & Juliet won “Best New Ballet Production” at the Golden Masks in April 2017. Choreography - Viacheslav Samodurov, Set - Anthony Macilwaine, Lighting - Simon Bennison.

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