Tony Simpson

Tony has worked as a lighting designer and practitioner across a wide spectrum of disciplines for over twenty eight years. He has worked extensively as a theatrical lighting designer, as well as designing and running many large commercial projects and also working within the feature film industry.

In feature film, Tony has recently been the concert lighting designer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He was the theatrical lighting director for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Disney’s’ Beauty and the Beast.  Commercially Tony has designed and managed numerous corporate productions including for  Rolls Royce,  All Saints,  Cartier,  Cottweiler, Gucci at Westminster Abbey and several fashion shows including the 2015 L’Oreal Colour Trophy awards. For the last eight years , Tony has regularly lit orchestral concerts at London's  Southbank for The London Sinfonietta.

West End Design includes: 
Sign of the Times  (The Duchess); Bat Boy - The Musical  (The Shaftesbury & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train  (Trafalgar Studios); The Tiger that came to Tea  (The Vaudeville, The Apollo, The Piccadilly, The Haymarket); We’re going on a Bear Hunt (The Duchess); Stop Messing About  (Leicester Square Theatre); Ying Tong – A Walk with the Goons  (The Ambassadors); Members Only  (Trafalgar Studios); Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Trafalgar Studios & Assembly); Berkoff’s Women  (The Ambassadors); Cooking with Elvis  (The Whitehall); Round The Horne…Revisited and Round The Horne…Revisited 2  (The Venue & UK Tours) and Under the Doctor  (The Comedy).


Other Theatre Design Includes:
The Special Relationship, Every Coin, The Archbishop and the Anarchist, The Long Road (Soho); There is a Field , Bleach/Hostage (Theatre 503) Pelleas and Mélisande (Glyndebourne Festival Opera) Array  59 Productions / City of London / Barbican Tunnel, Blackout  (Oval House) The Trial of Jane Fonda  (Park Theatre / Gatehouse, Highgate / Assembly) La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen  (Winslow Hall Opera); Private Ear Public Eye, The Handyman (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford and Tours) Mr Stink (UK Tour); Sign of the Times (Windsor Theatre Royal & UK Tour); The Tiger That Came to Tea  (various UK & International Tours); We’re Going on a Bear Hunt  (various UK & International Tours); Girls Night  (UK Tours); Stop Messing About  (The Rose Theatre, Kingston); Steptoe & Son  (Plymouth & UK Tour); Blue Orange (Watford Palace); The Flu Season, Habitats (The Gate); Falstaff, Hansel and Gretel (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London); Tuesday’s Child (Hampstead Theatre Studio); The Way of The World, The Weir, Waiting for Godot, Arcadia (Royal Theatre Northampton); Master Harold…and the Boys, Burn, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); The Lesson, The Merchant of Venice (Arcola Theatre); Small Miracle, Death of a Salesman, She Stoops to Conquer, Miss Julie, Blue Sky State, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Betrayal, Brass Balls, Our Country’s Good (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Emperor and the Nightingale (The Watermill, Newbury) and numerous other productions on London's Fringe Theatre Network.


Tony has worked extensively as an Associate Lighting Designer in London, on tour and internationally, productions include Satyagraha (Los Angeles Opera) Death in Venice  (Opera North) the National Theatre’s Life x 3 and An Inspector Calls  (both West End & various UK Tours); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (West End); Amadeus  (West End, UK Tours, New York & Los Angeles); The Woman in Black (eleven UK Tours, Hong Kong and Singapore); The Weir (Royal Court UK Tours, Sicily & Australia); The Shape of Things  (West End); Les Liaison Dangereuses (Mobil Touring Theatre) Patsy Cline – The Musical  (West End and UK Tours) Peter Pan – The British Musical (West End); Tapping Harlem (UK Tour) and Hobson’s Choice (Chichester and UK Tours).


Tony has also toured with the RSC, Welsh National Opera, and the Royal Opera House and has worked for the Lighting Departments of English National Opera, The Royal Court Theatre, White Light and Garsington Opera.



Professional Details

Tony trained at Middlesex University

Professional Designer member of the Association of Lighting Designers. 

Lighting Designer and Lecturer for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2004 - 2010

Lecturer for Birkbeck, University of London since 2003

Review Committee member for the National Council for Drama Training

British Actors Equity Theatre Designers Committee. 2002-2010 


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