Photograph from Why The Whales Came - lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas
© Leanne Dixon Why The Whales Came | Photographer: Leanne Dixon | From the show Why The Whales Came
Photograph from Now & Then - lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas
© PBGStudios Now&Then | Photographer: PBGStudios | From the show Now & Then
Photograph from The Secret Garden the Musical - lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas
© Danny Kaan The Secret Garden | Photographer: Danny Kaan | From the show The Secret Garden the Musical
Photograph from Rock Choir, Comic Relief Concert - lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas
© AriCreative Rock Choir, Comic Relief Concert | Photographer: AriCreative | From the show Rock Choir, Comic Relief Concert
Photograph from Dick Whittington - lighting design by Joseph Ed Thomas
© PDP Photography Dick Whittington | Photographer: PDP Photography | From the show Dick Whittington
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Biography

Joseph Ed Thomas, Lighting Designer.

Joseph trained at The ArtsEducational Schools London and RADA.

Joseph has designed shows in London and throughout the UK and Asia. Highlights include…

International Lighting Design Credits:                                                                                                                                                                                                         ONCE (Tokyu Theatre, Tokyo, Japan), ONCE (China Tour).

West End and Touring Lighting Design Credits: 
Carrie Hope Fletcher, An Open Book (UK Tour), Dr.Zhivago, Annie Get Your Gun, ONCE (London Palladium), Collabro, The Farewell Tour (UK Tour), Tango After Dark (Co-Design with Charlie Morgan Jones, Peacock Theatre), The Secret Garden, CAMELOT (London Palladium), John Owen Jones - Music of the Night Tour and Lucie Jones at Christmas (Her Majesty's Theatre, St Davids Hall Cardiff), Collabro, Greatest Hits Tour (London Palladium, Lowry Theatre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and more... UK TOUR), Julius "Call Me Caesar" Caesar (Arts Theatre, West End).

Lighting Design Credits:
Possession (Arcola Theatre), HELEN (Theatre503), Under the Black Rock*** (Arcola Theatre), CRACKED (The Vaults, Waterloo), Cabaret Havana, Why the Whale Came (The Mack, Mountview), Little Voice (UK Tour) as Associate Lighting Designer for Nic Farman, The Pleasure Garden (Above The Stag), 39 and Counting (PARK Theatre 200), Well-Behaved Women (Cadogan Hall), Our Girls Our Game (Alhambra Theatre, Bradford), Wind in the Willows (Theatre Royal Norwich, Turbine Theatre and LATITUDE), EVITA, Moments in Time and The Liberators (Eve Lyons Studio Theatre, PPA), John Owen Jones Celebrating his 50th Birthday - Live at Cadogan Hall, Lucie Jones and David Hunter LIVE! (Cadogan Hall), Rock Choir (Birmingham REP), Collabro, Christmas is Here (Cadogan Hall), Rags (PARK Theatre) as Associate Lighting Designer for Derek Anderson, LOST BOYS (Unity Theatre/Tour), Fight Like A Girl (Mountview), A Million Dreams (O2 Indigo). Amongst others…

​***Offie Nominated Best Lighting Design 2023
​**Offie Nominated Best Lighting Design 2021
​*Offie Nominated Best Lighting Design 2019

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Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Diana the Musical Musical Hammersmith Apollo
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Director: Owen Horsley
Dec 2023
The Overtones - Good Times Tour Concert Indigo O2 + UK Tour Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Co-Lighting Designer: Craig Greenhalgh
Director: The Overtones
Set designer: Craig Greenhalgh
Nov 2023
Hans Zimmer in Concert Concert Cheltenham Race Course
The Studio Orchestra
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Campey
Sep 2023
The Trials Theatre Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: David Gilbert and Deborah Shaw
Set designer: Tara Usher
Aug 2023
Loose Women Live Concert London Palladium + UK Tour
Cuffe&Taylor/ LiveNation/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Director: ITV
Set designer: JET STREAM and Jonny Dickie
Aug 2023
ONCE (Japan Transfer) Musical Tokyu Theatre Orb
LambertJackson and Kyodo Tokyo
Lighting Designer Director: Dean Johnson
Set designer: JET STREAM and Jonny Dickie
Aug 2023
Possession Theatre Arcola Studio 1
Arcola Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Oscar Pearce
Set designer: Sarah Beaton
Jun 2023
Carrie Hope Fletcher - An Open Book Concert London Palladium + UK Tour
Cuffe&Taylor/ LiveNation/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Set designer: JET STREAM May 2023
Dr Zhivago Musical London Palladium
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Set designer: JET STREAM May 2023
WILD TANGO Dance European Tour
German Cornejo's Dance Company
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Co-Lighting Designer: Charlie Morgan Jones
Apr 2023
Annie Get Your Gun Musical London Palladium
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Set designer: JET STREAM Apr 2023
Once Musical London Palladium
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Director: Dean Johnson
Set designer: JET STREAM
Mar 2023
Under The Black Rock Theatre Arcola
Bluebird Productions Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Kavanagh
Set designer: Ceci Calf
Mar 2023
COLLABRO, Farewell Tour Concert The Adelphi Theatre, London + UK Tour, then touring
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Pagan
Set designer: JET
Nov 2022
Darknet Theatre Chroma Q Theatre
Leeds Conservatoire
Lighting Designer Director: Yusuf Khamisa
Set designer: Lu Herbert
Oct 2022
Tango After Dark Dance The Peacock Theatre, London
Sadlers Wells
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Co-Lighting Designer: Charlie Morgan Jones
Choreographer: German Cornejo
Oct 2022
John Owen Jones - Music of Night Tour Concert Her Majesty’s London Lighting Designer Director: John Owen Jones
Sep 2022
The Secret Garden the Musical Musical The London Palladium
Cuffe&Taylor/ LambertJackson
Lighting Designer Director: Nick Winston
Aug 2022
Cabaret Havana Musical The Mack, Mountview
BYMT
Lighting Designer Director: Tiffany King
Set designer: Abi Brown
Aug 2022
Why The Whales Came Musical The Mack, Mountview
BYMT
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Kane
Set designer: Lu Herbert
Aug 2022
The Convert Theatre Above The Stag Theatre, Main House
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Director: Gene David Kirk
Set designer: David Shields
Jun 2022
Little Voice Theatre MAST- Southampton, then touring
Aria Entertainment
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Nic Farman
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Set designer: Sara Perks
Mar 2022
Jewish Hollywood Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Aria Entertainment
Lighting Designer Director: Cressida Carrè
Mar 2022
Camelot Musical London Palladium
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Butler
Feb 2022
Lucie Jones at Christmas Concert Her Majesty’s London
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Director: Eliza Jackson
Dec 2021
Cinderella - Pantomime Dance Millfield Theatre
Platinum Performing Arts
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Various
Dec 2021
Collabro, Greatest Hits Tour Concert UK tour
SJM
Lighting Designer Director: Collabro
Set designer: JET and Robins Audio
Oct 2021
The Pleasure Garden Musical Above The Stag Theatre, Main House
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Director: Fenton Gray
Set designer: David Shields
Sep 2021
39 and Counting Theatre The Park Theatre, 200
Oxford School of Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Gemma Aked-Priestley
Set designer: Natalie Johnson
Sep 2021
Well Behaved Women Musical Cadogan Hall
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Director: Julie Atherton
Sep 2021
Tommy On Top Theatre Above The Stag Theatre, Main House
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Director: Bryan Hodgson
Set designer: David Shields
Aug 2021
Baskerville Theatre Mercury Colchester Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Jo Town
Aug 2021
PLATINUM TRENDING Dance Millfield Theatre
Platinum Performing Arts
Lighting Designer Jul 2021
The Wind in the Willows Musical Norwich Theatre Royal
Paul Taylor-Mills and Turbine Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Sasha Regan
Set designer: David Shields
Jul 2021
Evita Musical Eve Lyons Studio Theatre
PPA
Lighting Designer Director: Lizzi Gee
Jul 2021
Moments In Time Musical Eve Lyons Studio Theatre
PPA
Lighting Designer Jun 2021
The Liberators Theatre Eve Lyons Studio Theatre
PPA
Lighting Designer Director: Michelle Payne
Jun 2021
John Owen Jones - Celebrating his 50th Birthday Concert Cadogan Hall
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Jun 2021
Lucie Jones and David Hunter Live Concert Cadogan Hall
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Lambert
, Director: David Hunter
, Director: Lucie Jones
May 2021
Rock Choir, Comic Relief Concert Musical Birmingham Rep
Rock Choir
Lighting Designer Mar 2021
Collabro Christmas is Here Concert Cadogan Hall
Lambert Jackson
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Lambert
Nov 2020
Robes Charity Sleep In Live from Southwark Cathedral Television Southwark Cathedral
Robes Charity
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Co-Lighting Designer Will Alder
Nov 2020
Guys and Dolls Theatre Rose Theatre, Ascot
St Mary’s Ascot
Lighting Designer Mar 2020
39 Degrees Theatre The Vaults - Cage
RedBellyBlack
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Wilkinson
Mar 2020
Who Cares Theatre The Vaults - Cage
JustAddMilk
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Bellerby
Set designer: Justin Williams
Feb 2020
Welcome to Shangri-La Theatre Hope Mill Theatre
Broken Biscuits
Lighting Designer Director: Joel Parry
Set designer: Abby Clarke
Feb 2020
The Spark of Creation Concert Park Theatre
Aria Entertainment
Lighting Designer Jan 2020
RAGS the Musical Musical Park Theatre 200
Aria Entertainment, Knockhardy Productions and Park Theatre
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Derek Anderson
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Set designer: Gregor Donnelly
Jan 2020
The Love of The Nightingale Theatre The Tower Theatre
The MTA
Lighting Designer Director: Tilly Vosburgh
Set designer: Stewart J Charlesworth
Dec 2019
Dick Whittington Musical The Tower Theatre
The MTA
Lighting Designer Director: Howard Samuels
Set designer: Stewart J Charlesworth
Dec 2019
I Do, I Do Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Joseph Hodges Entertainment
Lighting Designer Director: Joe Hodges
Set designer: Emily Bestow
Oct 2019
Now & Then Musical Above The Stag Theatre
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Director: Harry Blumenau
Set designer: David Shields
Sep 2019
Lost Boys Theatre Unity Theatre, Liverpool, then touring
National Youth Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Zoe Lafferty
Set designer: Jasmine Swan
Sep 2019
Fight Like A Girl Musical Mountview Main House
British Youth Music Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Nick Stimson
Set designer: Talia Sanz, Set designer: Asst. Annie Cross
Aug 2019
Woyzeck Theatre Greenside Infirmary Street - Forest Theatre
Missing Cat Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joshua Silverlock
Set designer: Fran Jones
Aug 2019
Julius "Call Me Caesar" Caesar Theatre Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh
Andrew Maxwell
Lighting Designer Director: Russell Bolam
Set designer: Maeve Black
Jul 2019
Making P*rn Theatre Above The Stag Theatre
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Director: Andrew Beckett
Set designer: Andrew Beckett
Jul 2019
Woyzeck Theatre Quirkspace
Missing Cat Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joshua Silverlock
Set designer: Fran Jones
Jul 2019
PROM! the Musical Musical Oldham Coliseum
Oldham Theatre Workshop
Lighting Designer Director: James Atherton
Jul 2019
Perfectly Ordinary - A New Musical Musical Hope Mill Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Rankcom
Set designer: Frankie Gerrard
Jul 2019
Julius "Call Me Caesar" Caesar Theatre The Arts Theatre, West End
Andrew Maxwell
Lighting Designer Director: Russell Bolam
Set designer: Maeve Black
Jul 2019
A Million Dreams Dance Indigo at the O2
Make Believe
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Various
Jul 2019
Boy Toy Dance Above The Stag Theatre
Above The Stag
Lighting Designer Choreographer: William Spencer
Set designer: Andrew Beckett
Jun 2019
The Psychic Project Theatre The Vaults, London
David Narayan Magic
Lighting Designer Director: David Narayan
Jun 2019
Sister Act the Musical Musical The Vaults, London
Associated Studios
Lighting Designer Director: Cameron Menzies
Jun 2019
Ad Libido Theatre Soho Theater, London Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Peter Small
May 2019
PURGE Theatre The Lowry, Manchester Lighting Designer Director: Kayleigh Hawkins
Mar 2019
PURGE Theatre Oldham Coliseum Lighting Designer Director: Kayleigh Hawkins
Mar 2019
Digging Deep Theatre The Vaults, London
JustAddMilk
Lighting Designer Director: Alistair Wilkinson
Set designer: Emily Nobel
Feb 2019
MYDIDAE Theatre Hope Mill Theatre
Wonderhouse
Lighting Designer Director: Laura Woodward
Set designer: Natalie Johnson
Feb 2019
Of Our Own Making Theatre Tara Arts, London
Something Underground
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Brown
Set designer: Sorcha Corcoran
Jan 2019
AISHA Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre
AILIA UK
Lighting Designer Director: AJ
Set designer: Alys Whitehead
Jan 2019
AISHA Theatre Old Red Lion
AILIA UK
Lighting Designer Director: AJ
Set designer: Alys Whitehead
Dec 2018
Proof Theatre Hope Mill Theatre
Hope Mill Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Joseph Houston
Set designer: Frankie Gerrard
Nov 2018
An Honourable Man Theatre The White Bear Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Jolly Gosnold
Set designer: Mike Lees
Nov 2018
Tainted - A New Musical Theatre The Vaults Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Bryan Hodgson
Set designer: Mike Lees
Oct 2018
Lost Boys New Town Theatre The Hope Theatre
National Youth Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Zoe Lafferty
Set designer: Jasmine Swan
Sep 2018
Closets the Musical Musical Hope Mill Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan
Aug 2018
Perfectly Ordinary - A New Musical Theatre GLive Guilford Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Rankcom
Set designer: JT
Jul 2018
The 43 Club Theatre The Other Palace Lighting Designer Director: Leah Fogo
Set designer: JT
Jul 2018
The Jury Musical The Brindley
Ashley Walsh Productions Ltd. & Josh Hankey
Lighting Designer Director: Joseph Meighan
Jul 2018
Shakespeare's Sister Theatre The Courtyard Theatre
The Courtyard Theatre Co.
Lighting Designer Director: Jake Smith
Set designer: Jamie Simmons
May 2018
The Blue Electric Wind Theatre Bush Theatre, London
ArtsEd Extra
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Goodwin
May 2018
A Chorus Line Theatre ArtsEd - London
ArtsEd
Lighting Designer Director: Mark Ferrington
May 2018
Drowned or Saved Theatre Drayton Arm Theatre - Kentish Town
StormBlast
Lighting Designer Director: Geoffrey Williams
Feb 2018
Lobster Theatre Theatre503
Snapper Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Kayla Feldman
Set designer: Jamie Simmons
Jan 2018
Down The Hatch Theatre GBS Theatre, RADA
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Lighting Designer Director: Vivian Munn
Set designer: Eleanor Field
Dec 2017
Miracle on 34th Street Theatre BridgeHouse Theatre SE20
Climar Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Guy Retallack
Nov 2017
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News

Appearing here soon... a collection of articles from the Focus magazine archives.

Press quotes

Fight Like A Girl

"Joseph Ed Thomas managed the lighting well, creating some memorable and appropriately epic effects, as well as highlighting the small-scale, intimate story at the heart of the piece."
Julian Eaves, British Theatre.com 11/09/2019

PROM! the Musical

Joseph Ed Thomas’ atmospheric lighting design compliments the simple yet effective set beautifully
Nikki Cotter, Opening Night 26/07/2019
The lighting... was also better than I have seen in most provincial theatres and I was really impressed by the impact of this on the production quality as a whole. One of my favourite moments using elements of design was the dramatic arrival of the students from the magical world of Defixus Academy, into the real world of Delawick. The choreography and lighting of this sequence was wonderful.
Johanna Hassouna-Smith, North West End 24/07/2019

Boy Toy

...drawn largely from the original score that starts with an overture to which Joseph Ed Thomas matches a lively lighting display round the multiple doorways of Andrew Beckett’s simple set.
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide 02/07/2019
...but it is Spencer’s choreography and direction along with Joseph Ed Tomas’s lighting design and Andrew Beckett’s set and costume design that really brought out the humour, love and power in equal measure in that climactic moment.
Christopher Kelsey, Broadway Baby 30/06/2019
The staging of the show is extremely impressive with four neon lit red doors echoing the more salubrious and salacious aspects of Soho; very clever indeed.
Stephen Vowles, Boyz 29/06/2019

Sister Act the Musical

The joy of Sister Act was a godsend (sorry) during the recession when it came to London a decade ago, and it’s a godsend now with the world being what it is. Overall, this is a slick and well-paced production with a palpable feel-good factor. Rejoice!
Chris Omaweng, LondonTheatre1 07/06/2019

Digging Deep

Wilkinson heightens the exchanges between the main character's internal monologue and what happens around him, creating an atmosphere that turns increasingly bitter and personal with Joseph Ed Thomas' lighting design.
Cindy Marcolina, BroadwayWorld.com 21/02/2019

AISHA

Kudos to everyone involved, they've knocked this out of the park.
David James, London City Nights 07/12/2018
Offie Nominated Best Lighting Design 2019
OffWestEnd.com, OffWestEnd

Proof

Joseph Ed Thomas and Dan Pyke’s sound and light subtlety and beautifully enhance the emotional arc of the piece, allowing the narrative timeline to be clearly depicted.
Ben Hipkiss, Pocket Size Theatre 29/11/2018
Joseph Ed Thomas’ lighting design veers from the naturalistic, bringing changing seasons and even some delicate snow in moonlight to the stage, to the harshly dramatic, assaulting the audience’s retinas with blazing back-lighting that has no mercy.
Thalia Terpsichore, Number9Reviews 28/11/2018

Closets the Musical

The audience is taken on a big, bold, catchy and beautifully realised journey... Joseph Thomas deserving his own special shout out for his impressive lighting design
Jack The Lad Mag, Jack The Lad Mag 21/08/2018
While Joseph Thomas perfectly lights William Whelton’s punchy choreography.
Nikki Cotter, Opening Night
The “technicolour” lighting, as designed by Joseph Thomas, is another production element that stands out. It makes Henry’s dream of wanting to be onstage dynamic and alive, and the darker moments of the musical rather poignant.
Sam Lowe, TheReviewsHub

Perfectly Ordinary - A New Musical

Excellently marked out by Joseph Ed Thomas’ floor LEDs
Rochelle Bisson, RochelleBalBoa

The Jury

“Joseph Thomas’s lighting design is simple but stunning. Working with the mood of each musical number emulating the characters emotion and the turmoil one must feel when deliberating a man’s fate.”
Abbie Rippon, The Reviews Hub
“With some startling lighting... as the cast of twelve miss-matched jurors appeared.”
Barbara Sherlock, Reviewer Number 9

Lobster

There is also beautiful lighting by Joseph Ed Thomas
Shanine Salmon, ViewFromTheCheapSeat

Miracle on 34th Street

Heartwarming and slickly produced radio broadcast version of an American Christmas classic
Dave Hollander, The Stage
Lighting (Joseph Ed Thomas) is used well to transition between busy scenes and more intimate conversations.
Ella McCarron, SpyInTheStalls