Photograph from Pepper & Honey - lighting design by JamesStokesLX
© Notnow Collective Pepper & Honey 2019 | From the show Pepper & Honey
Photograph from Pepper & Honey - lighting design by JamesStokesLX
© Notnow Collective Pepper & Honey 2019 | From the show Pepper & Honey
Photograph from LOOP - lighting design by JamesStokesLX
LOOP, The Core at Corby Cube 2019 | Photographer: Matt Cawrey | From the show LOOP
Photograph from Pepper & Honey - lighting design by JamesStokesLX
© Notnow Collective Pepper & Honey 2019 | From the show Pepper & Honey
Photograph from LOOP - lighting design by JamesStokesLX
LOOP, The Core at Corby Cube 2019 | Photographer: Matt Cawrey | From the show LOOP
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James D Stokes

James is a lighting designer, technician, and programmer working across the UK, with experience of number 1 touring musicals, West End, regional theatres, and fringe. He has programmed several small-to-mid scale tours, including My Beautiful Launderette for LD Ben Cracknell, and By The Waters Of Liverpool for LD Ian Scott, which James also relit on tour. 

James' recent designs include LOOP, directed by Kathryn King, and Pepper & Honey, directed by Mathilda Branson; James has also recently expanded his design horizons as Assistant Lighting Designer for LD Ben Cracknell on the 2021 UK tour of Grease The Musical. Whereever possible, James loves to investigate how light can support the narrative of a production, especially in new writing or adaptations with a strong social motive, but it hardly needs mentioning that he can never resist the razzle-dazzle of a big musical or pantomime when the opportunity arises! 

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
Pepper & Honey Theatre Derby Theatre, then touring
Notnow Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Mathilda Branson
Set designer: Eleanor Field
30 Mar 2019, 09 Nov 2019, 01 Nov 2021

Current credits

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Closes
Into Battle Theatre Greenwich Theatre, London
In Soft Wings Ltd
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Alex Stafford
Director: Ellie Jones
Set designer: Ellen Cairns
31 Oct 2021
Grease the Musical Musical Curve Theatre Leicester, then touring
InTheatre Productions
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Ben Cracknell
Director: Nikolai Foster
Set designer: Colin Richmond
27 Nov 2021

In repertoire

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team
Pepper & Honey Theatre Derby Theatre, then touring
Notnow Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Mathilda Branson
Set designer: Eleanor Field

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
By The Waters Of Liverpool Theatre New Brighton Pavilion, then touring
Pulse Stage Productions
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Ian Scott
Director: Gareth Tudor Price
Set designer: Richard Foxton
Mar 2020
Giraffes Can't Dance Theatre Curve Theatre, Leicester, Studio, then touring
Curve Theatre
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Jane Lalljee
Director: Julia Thomas
Set designer: Simon Kenny
Dec 2019
LOOP Theatre The Core, Corby, then touring
Carbon Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Katherine King
Nov 2019
Pepper & Honey Theatre Derby Theatre, then touring
Notnow Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Mathilda Branson
Set designer: Eleanor Field
Mar 2019, Nov 2019, Nov 2021
My Beautiful Launderette Theatre Curve Theatre, Leicester, Studio, then touring
Curve Theatre
Lighting Programmer Lighting designer: Ben Cracknell
Director: Nikolai Foster
Set designer: Grace Smart
Sep 2019
Pepper & Honey Theatre Derby Theatre, then touring
Notnow Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Mathilda Branson
Set designer: Eleanor Field
Mar 2019, Nov 2019, Nov 2021
Dick Whittington Musical Hounslow Arts Centre
Ashby Ryder Pantomimes
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Ashby
Dec 2017
Theatre:
  • West End
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Commercial Tour
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Pantomime
Opera:
  • Small scale
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Plays

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