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John Bishop

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Award-winning, international Theatre Lighting Designer working freelance all over the world designing lighting for large scale operas, ballets, musicals and plays.

I have created original Lighting Designs for more than 200 productions over an extensive and very successful 30 year career.  At the start of my professional career I also toured Europe for Vari*Lite with Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Toto.

I am absolutely passionate about light and I am also a very accomplished theatrical, portrait and wedding photographer.

I am represented by Dennis Lyne at the Dennis Lyne Agency, 503 Holloway Road, London N19 4DD

To check my availability, please call me on: +44 (0) 7785 333428 or contact my agent Dennis Lyne on: +44 (0)20 7272 5020

Previous productions

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Dracula Dance West Yorkshire Playhouse, then touring
Northern Ballet Theatre
Lighting Designer Choreographer: David Nixon
Set designer: Ali Allen
Sep 2005
The Most Beautiful Man from the Sea Opera Wales Millenium Centre
Welsh National Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Esra Hjlarmarrson
Set designer: Richard Aylwin
Aug 2005
Ascanio in Alba Opera Buxton Opera House
Buxton Festival
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Lawless
Set designer: Ashley Martin Davis
Jul 2005
The Merry Wives of Windsor Opera Buxton Opera House
Buxton Festival
Lighting Designer Director: Aidan Lang
Set designer: Ashley Martin Davis
Jul 2005
The Woman in Black Theatre Madinat Theatre, Dubai
UK Touring Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Elli Jones
Set designer: Cleo Pettit
Jun 2005
Ernani Opera The Coliseum
English National Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Mike Ashman
Set designer: Maria Bjornson
May 2000
Das Rheingold Opera Oslo
Den Norske Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Mike Ashman
Set designer: Kathrine Hysing
Jun 1997
Location availability:
  • Africa
  • Australasia & Asia Pacific
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • Far East & East Asia
  • Middle East & West Asia
  • North America
  • Scotland
  • South America
  • UK London
  • UK Provinces
  • Western Europe & Scandinavia
  • Worldwide
Contact method Details
Mobile phone

+44 7785 333428

Email address

Agent name

Dennis Lyne Agency

Agent phone

+44 (0) 20 7272 5020


Agent email

Agent website

  • International
  • West End
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Commercial Tour
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Pantomime
  • Touring relights
  • International
  • Large scale
  • 'Country House'
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
  • International
  • UK National Company
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
  • Touring relights
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Training


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

Press quotes


David Nixon's brand new interpretation of the Bram Stoker story has bold imagery, dramatic drive and an impressive atmosphere. ..... particularly when the breathtaking climax builds and explodes. ..... This ballet looks and sounds stunning throughout .....
Kevin Berry, The Stage 15/09/2005
Ali Allen (sets) and John Bishop (lights) pour on the Gothic atmosphere. We see castle ruins and arches, gnarled and spiked cemetery gates or beds with threateningly tall, shredded frames looming above them. The lighting ranges, approprietely, from blood-drenched to weak and pearly.
Donald Hutera, The Times 06/09/2005
The deisgns look like sets from expressionist cinema, with Ali Allen's elongated gothic arches and stylised cemetery perfrctly lit (or rather shadowed) by John Bishop's gloomy lighting.
Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian 06/09/2005


Set in Spain in the early 16th Century, against severe mirror-black marble floor and cleverly movable walls, scene after scene presents the glowing colours and fantastically elaborate costumes straight from a Velázquez painting. Indeed the first stunning entrance of the heroine Elvira, motionless in a large doorway with blue light behind her, gives just that impression. When she advances into the room and the walls close behind her, so that she is trapped with her own subdued reflection bouncing off every surface, we know she is not going to have much control over her own fate. When combined with a fine cast, the visual delights of the production and some very atmospheric lighting from John Bishop, the result is a very special evening.
Helen Wright,

Das Rheingold

... made one long for an empty stage and more of John Bishop's atmospheric lighting.
John Allison, Opera 21/09/1997
... John Bishop's stunning lighting. The gloomy caves of Nibelheim glow in what can only be called black light, Donner's thunderstorm is cataclysmic and the rainbow bridge to Valhalla a glorious spectrum of the richest colours.
David Self, The Stage 20/09/1997