Photograph from New Years Eve 2022 - lighting design by Durham Marenghi
Old Royal Naval College NYE 2022 | Photographer: Kois Miah | From the show New Years Eve 2022
Photograph from Space Centre Bremen - lighting design by Durham Marenghi
A Borg in the Corridor | Photographer: Louise Stickland | From the show Space Centre Bremen
Photograph from Classical Spectacular - lighting design by Durham Marenghi
STEALTH rig courtesy of Raymond Gubbay Limited | Photographer: Durham Marenghi | From the show Classical Spectacular
Photograph from WYWSIWYG - lighting design by Durham Marenghi
The Golden Jubilee, Palace model by Miguel Ribeiro | From the show WYSIWYG
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Durham Marenghi

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Durham Marenghi has designed the lighting for a wide variety of Theatre, Opera, Dance, Trade, Concert, Heritage and Television Productions, in Britain and throughout the world and is the first British lighting designer to have lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of an Olympic Games.

THEATRE designs include the current world tour of DIAMONDS for Holiday on Ice; previous designs include the British tour of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER; ROMEO AND JULIET at the Piccadilly Theatre; PETER PAN at the Royal Festival Hall; DASH and THE HOT SHOE SHOW for Wayne Sleep; BACK WITH A VENGEANCE for Barry Humphries at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; THE WOMEN at The Old Vic; THE ANCIENT MARINER for Michael Bogdanov at The Young Vic; DAPHNE and TAMBURLAINE for Philip Prowse at Opera North; ICE ADVENTURES for Torvill and Dean; ICE MAJESTY and ELECTRIC ICE for Robin Cousins; ICECAPADES tour of Canada and LE ICE SHOW at the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas.

LENNON, THE MUSICAL at the Astoria Theatre; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for Michael Attenborough; LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and IL SERAGLIO for Giles Havergal at The Welsh National Opera; THE REPRESENTATIVE and JOAN OF ARC at The Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow; PRISONER OF CELL BLOCK H with Lily Savage at the Queen's Theatre; SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at the Musical Dome Cologne and European tours of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

TRADE designs include the Creative Direction of a multimedia event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the TAJ HOTEL Mumbai, India; the lighting design for the Volkswagen 'Big Box' multimedia theatre at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2001; the 1999 JORDAN FORMULA 1 car reveal at the London Palladium; BRITISH AIRWAYS IMPACT DAY, a multi-media event on the River Thames and over two hundred product launches, conferences and exhibition designs for a wide variety of business clients worldwide.

CONCERT events include BACK TO THE EARTH, a mammoth son-et-lumiere for Isao Tomita on the River Hudson, New York; CLASSICAL SPECTACULAR for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall and arenas and stadia throughout Europe and Australia; EXPO'92 BRITISH DAY CONCERT for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in Seville; EQUALITY '94 AND '95 featuring Sting, Elton John, Alison Moyet and East 17; the European tour of ANDREA BOCELLI for Barry Marshall and THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER in the grounds of Woburn Abbey and at St Paul's Cathedral.

FASHION events include THE CLOTHES SHOW LIVE at the NEC, Birmingham; THE BRITISH FASHION WEEKEND for the DTI in Warsaw, Poland; PHILIP TREACY at the London, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks and the illumination of exhibitions at the DESIGN MUSEUM in London for Philip Treacy, Manolo Blahnik and Peter Saville.

TELEVISION broadcasts include the critically acclaimed DIAMOND JUBILEE CONCERT on June 4th 2012 and the QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE LIGHT AND FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA at Buckingham Palace on the 3rd of June 2002; the NEW YEAR'S EVE Light and Fireworks show from the LONDON EYE since 2004 and across London in 2021 and 2022; the event lighting of THE WALL for Roger Waters in Berlin 1990, arguably the biggest rock show of the last decade; THE WORLD STUDENT GAMES opening ceremony from Sheffield Stadium; RED SQUARE INVITES, an Arts festival from Moscow featuring Jose Carreras and the Mosseiyev Ballet; THE CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS from the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall, London and SHIRLEY BASSEY IN AUSTRIA for Andrew Bridge.

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME broadcast from the QEII in Cherbourg Harbour on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day with Bob Hope and Dame Vera Lynn; A GOSPEL SPECIAL from the London City Temple, broadcast on Christmas Day; Channel Four Gospel Singer of the Year 2002; OMAN NATIONAL DAY '94 AND '95, stadium spectaculars featuring 25,000 Omani children; A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS from Vienna with Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Natalie Cole; The HONG KONG HANDOVER CEREMONY on June 30th, 1997 and MY SECRET PASSION for Michael Bolton at the Bellini Opera House in Catania, Sicily.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at the Royal Albert Hall; STANDING STONE at the Royal Albert Hall and WORKING CLASSICAL at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for Sir Paul McCartney; THE CLASSICAL BRIT AWARDS 2000 from the Royal Albert Hall; the 2005 DUBAI WORLD CUP Opening Ceremony on the occasion of the famous horse race's 10th Anniversary; T200 from Trafalgar Square celebrating the 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR; the Royal Opening Ceremony of the ASPIRE SPORTS COMPLEX in Doha, Qatar; a BBC CHILDREN’S GARDEN PARTY at BUCKINGHAM PALACE in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's 80th Birthday; the WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES and the PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY in Turin 2006 and the SUMMER OLYMPICS OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES in Rio 2016.

Durham has an Architectural lighting company LUMITECT to offer theatrical integrity of lighting design to Architects and their clients. Installations include the interior specialist lighting for THE SPACE CENTRE in Bremen Germany, at that time the largest indoor theme park in Europe for which Durham won an International Illumination Design Award of Excellence; KING HENRY'S KEEP at Dover Castle; THE GLASS HOUSE in St Helens and S.P.A.C.E. a charity project providing an environment for handicapped children utilising lighting for sensory therapy.

Durham is a member of The Society of British Theatre Designers, The Society of Television Lighting Directors, The Association of Lighting Designers and Equity.

To discover more about Durham’s work visit his website at

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
New Years Eve 2022 Television Across London Lighting Designer Dec 2021
Classical Spectacular Concert UK, Europe, Australia
Raymond Gubbay Limited
Lighting Designer Mar 2017
Rio Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies Television Maracana Stadium Rio
Ceremonias Cariocas
Lighting Designer Director: Fernando Meirelles
, Director: Andrucha Waddington
, Director: Daniela Thomas
Aug 2016
Sochi Winter Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies Television Sochi Olympic Stadium Lighting Designer Director: Daniele Finzi Pasca
Mar 2014
Diamond Jubilee Concert Concert Buckingham Palace Lighting Designer Director: Geoff Posner
Set designer: Mark Fisher
Jun 2012
New Years Eve at the London Eye Television BALE River Thames
Jack Morton Worldwide
Lighting Designer Director: Jim Donald
Jan 2007
Orascom Telecom Corporate & Industrial Pyramids at Giza
Lighting Designer Director: Giacomo Carissimi
Dec 2006
Turin Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Theatre Olympic Stadium Turin
Lighting Designer Director: Marco Balich
Set designer: Mark Fisher
Feb 2006
Space Centre Bremen Environmental Bremen Space Park
Space Centre Betriebs GmbH
Lighting Designer Director: Bill Gorgensen
Feb 2004
Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee Environmental Buckingham Palace
Unusual Services Limited
Lighting Designer Director: Sir Major Michael Parker
Jun 2002
The Classical Brit Awards 2000 Television The Royal Albert Hall
ITV / Carlton
Lighting Designer Director: Janet Fraser Crook
Set designer: Peter Bingemann
May 2000
Saturday Night Fever Musical Musical Dom Cologne
SNF Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Matthias Davids
Set designer: Jens Killian
Sep 1999
Location availability:
  • Worldwide
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

07774 881754

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  • International
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • International
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • International
  • Large scale
  • International
  • UK National Company
  • International Event
  • Arena Touring
  • Conferences
  • Open Air Events
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Fashion Shows
  • Product Launches
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Commercial & Retail
  • Leisure & Entertainment
  • Theme Parks


Durham Marenghi has been appointed by CC2016 as Lighting Designer for the RIO 2016 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
8 years 4 months ago

Press quotes

Classical Spectacular

"...At all the performances of Classical Spectacular this Autumn there has been a renewed and spontaneous standing ovation after the 1812 Overture. The creativity that has gone in to the new production has I believed resulted in one of the best shows we have ever done so thank you all once again for your continued support..."
Anthony Findlay MD of Raymond Gubbay Limited,
"...Durham Marenghi's Lighting added a new dimension to concert going..."
Chris Aspin, Manchester Evening News
"...the real star of the show was Durham Marenghi with his cascade of computer controlled lights..."
Michael Boon, Western Mail

Rio Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies

"...with those lights you didn't need anything else!"
Associate of Director Fernando Meirelles,

Diamond Jubilee Concert

"... a Triumph of Illumination that made us all gasp..."
Ben Hoyle on the Diamond Jubilee Concert, The Times
“...The lighting was awesomely imaginative and innovative, despite many restrictions. It supported the performance and looked good from every angle despite little rehearsal. It created a wonderful sense of scale, and stunning and tasteful use of projection mapping, making Buckingham Palace a performer in its own right..."
Royal Television Society Craft and Design Award Judges.,
"...As the sun set, the pictures started to take on a magical quality, and when it got completely dark, we were in fairyland. The stage lighting and the visuals were extraordinary, and your skill in transforming the stage was produced, without doubt, the most exciting lighting design I've ever worked with ..."
Geoff Posner Television Director for the Diamond Jubilee Concert.,

New Years Eve at the London Eye

"...Thankyou for an invaluable contribution - the event was an enormous success with almost 10 million watching on BBC television - Images of this spectacular event were carried across the Globe..."
London Mayor Ken Livingstone,

Turin Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

"...We took up a challenge and thanks to your positive attitude, talent and enthusiasm, we overcame it - It will be my honour to work with you again..."
Marco Balich Executive Producer,

Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee

"...As a culturally savvy, triumphantly modern spectacle, I've never seen anything like was the most extraordinary modern and so uniquely British: no other nation would have had the bottle..."
India Knight, The Times
"...Buckingham Palace turned neon pink and beautiful images were beamed onto it. The building became a work of art - the kind of art that speaks volumes to my generation..."
India Knight, The Times
"...That was a triumph - it could not have been better or more spectacular..."
Producer Sir Major Michael Parker,