Photographer: In The Wings | From the show Peter and the Wolf
Opening moment of The Pillowman | Photographer: Johan Perrson | From the show The Pillowman
Creature rises | Photographer: Mike Eddowes | From the show Frankenstein
Photograph from Little Shop of Horrors - lighting design by David Kidd
Little Shop Of Horrors | Photographer: Richard Davenport | From the show Little Shop of Horrors
Sergey Girin and Barry Aird | Photographer: Mike Eddowes | From the show Tchaikovsky and the Queen of Spades
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David W Kidd

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David’s extensive work worldwide includes theatre, opera, ballet, music events, corporate theatre and commercial pantomime. Dance and opera productions include The Silverlake (ETO), The Seraglio (ETO), Dido and Aeneas (ENO/Unicorn), ETO Digital  Machaut and Josquin, (A) Thread (Jean Abreu Dance Company); Absent Made Present (New Commissions for ROH2 Linbury, Royal Opera House), Peter and the Wolf (European/UK Tour and New York), Secret Garden Ballets (Hatch House, Somerset),  Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Bulgarian National Ballet), Caracalla’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London and Toronto) and Die Walkuré (Denmark New Opera). Theatre credits include Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour), Bang Bang! (UK Tour), Secret Cinema presents Stranger Things (London), Sweeney Todd (Derby Theatre/Mercury Colchester), Baddies - The Musical (Unicorn Theatre),  The Silver Sword (Sell A Door/ Coventry Belgrade and UK Tour), Martyr (Actors Touring Company), Little Shop Of Horrors (Salisbury); Albion (Bush Theatre, London); Educating Rita, Macbeth (Mercury, Colchester); Grand Guignol (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse); Blues In The Night (Hackney Empire); Smallholding (Hightide Festival and Soho Theatre); Bloodshot (UK Tour, Chicago, Canada, Vienna, St James’s Theatre, London), The Pillowman and The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Leicester Curve); The Sound Of Music (Cork Opera); Mad About The Boy (Unicorn, Young Vic and Bush Theatres); Mother Goose (Hackney Empire). FEN (Finborough/National Theatre Studio), Independent Means (Library Theatre, Manchester), Nostalgia (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), White Boy (Soho Theatre), Resident Alien (New End Theatre), Milestones (Watford Palace Theatre), A Tribute to Siegfried and Roy (London Palladium), Relish (Shoreditch Tramshed), Little Eyolf and On Approval (Jermyn Street), The President’s Holiday (Hampstead Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew and Dick Barton - Special Agent (Nottingham Playhouse). Other recent Unicorn productions include Minotaur, Henry The Fifth, Dr Korczak’s Example, A Winter’s Tale, Hannah and The Velveteen Rabbit. David has lit many productions at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton including God Of Carnage, Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block, Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Earth & Sky, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Playboy of the Western World, A Streetcar Named Desire, She Stoops To Conquer, Don Quixote and Three Sisters (2002 TMA Award Best Design). Off Broadway designs include Unsuspecting Susan starring Celia Imrie and Tabloid Caligula. David is an Associate of Iron Shoes, the resident associate company of The Bush Theatre, London.

Previous productions

Current credits

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Closes
Andersen's Fairy Tales Dance Sophia Opera House
National Ballet of Bulgaria
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Christine Sundt
Set designer: Bruce French
31 Jan 2100
Peter and the Wolf Dance Theatre Carre, Amsterdam, then touring
In The Wings
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Didy Veldman
Set designer: Paul Gallis
01 Feb 2100

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Baddies - The Musical Musical Unicorn Theatre, Lonodn Lighting Designer Director: Purni Morrell
Set designer: James Button
Nov 2015
Hatch House Ballets with Carlos Acosta Dance Covent Garden Dance Company Lighting Designer Choreographer: Various
Jul 2015
Little Shop of Horrors Musical Salisbury Playhouse and Colchester Mercury Lighting Designer Director: Gareth Machin
Set designer: James Button
Apr 2015
The Pillowman Theatre Curve
Leicester Theatre Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Paul Kerryson
Set designer: Juliet Shillingford
Feb 2009
A Streetcar Named Desire Theatre Nuffield Theatre
Nuffield Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick Sandford
Set designer: Robin Don
May 2008
Nostalgia Theatre Drum
Plymouth Thetare Royal
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Stokes
Set designer: Robin Don
Feb 2008
Tchaikovsky and the Queen of Spades Theatre Nuffield Theatre, Southampton Lighting Designer Director: Patrick Sandford
Set designer: Vadim Tallerov
May 2007
Don Quixote Theatre Nuffield Theatre
Nuffield Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick Sandford
Set designer: Juliet Shillingford
Apr 2006
Nelson Theatre Nuffield, Southampton
Nuffield Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick Sandford
Set designer: Juliet Shillingford
Oct 2005
Die Walküre Opera Musikhuset, Esbjerg
Denmark New Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Troels Kold
Set designer: Roy Bell
Sep 2005
Frankenstein Theatre Nuffield Theatre Southampton
Nuffield Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Patrick Sandford
Set designer: Robin Don
Sep 2004
Murder In The Cathedral Theatre Southwark and Westminster Cathedrals
National Youth Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ed Wilson
Set designer: Lotte Collett
Aug 2003
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Appearing here soon... a collection of articles from the Focus magazine archives.

Press quotes

A Streetcar Named Desire

Scorched in the terracotta sunsets of New Orleans, bruised in the pale blue of the past - Blanche Duboir's descent into madness and confusion is depicted with a contemporary staging and lighting that arouses the senses.... an all round sensuous sensation.''
Bonnie Redfern, Listed Magazine 21/05/2008

Peter and the Wolf

'...It looks lovely, part picture book in concept, and is expertly lit by David W Kidd.''
Gerald Dowler, Dancing Times 19/04/2008
'Designer Paul Gallis provides a birch-forest which looks beautiful in the evocative colours of David W Kidd's lighting.''
Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate 15/04/2008
'Inventive lighting adds much to the In the Wings production of Prokofiev's famous tale....... The highlight of the show is the atmospheric lighting, which transforms from a warm autumnal forest into a truly spooky place when the wolf prowls out.''
Thom Dibdin - Edinburgh Evening News, EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

Die Walküre

'...but it is David W Kidd's lighting design that creates the magic and supports the opera's dramatic mood changes in an extraordinary way'
Fyens Stiftstidende 09/09/2005
'In Roy Bell's grand scenery and costumes; in David W Kidd's impressive lighting; in Troel Kold's movement and clever direction and with the secure playing of Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra under Lars Ole Mathiasen's fitting leadership, a chosen group of well known soloists present Wagner's 'Valkyrien' at the Denmark Ny Opera in Esbjerg.'
Ulrik Cold, Børsen 05/09/2005


Sensational effects are conjured into being by Robin Don's design, eerily lit by David W Kidd
Jeremy Kingston, The Times 25/10/2004
The staging is atmospheric and haunting, with few props: a ship's mast ,a buried chest, a pair of doors at the back of the stage and various small props carried on and off. The lighting is superb, as are the costumes and music.
Hazel Brown, Reviewsgate 03/10/2004

Murder In The Cathedral

It is also beautifully lit by David W Kidd to constantly focus attention in a difficult space and to show the cathedral's epic scale
Mark Shenton, The Stage 11/09/2003