Jon Clark studied theatre design at Bretton Hall, LeedsUniversity, and works prolifically in theatre. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has also worked extensively for the National Theatre among many other theatres and opera houses in the UK and Europe. In 2015 he received an Olivier Awards nomination for Best Lighting for King Charles III.
His opera lighting design includes: Hamlet (Glyndebourne), The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House and Metropolitan Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Étoile, (ROH) Krol Roger (ROH and Opera Australia), The Winters Tale, Wozzeck, Caligula and The Return of Ulysses (ENO); La Boheme (Der Nederlandse Opera and ENO) Macbeth (Royal Danish Opera); The Perfect American (Teatro Real Madrid and ENO); Written on Skin (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, other European houses and Lincoln Center); Orest (Nederlands Opera); Clemency (ROH2 London); Street Scene and The Lion’s Head (Opera Group).
Jon Clark’s work at the National Theatre includes Amadeus, As You Like It, Beaux Stratagem, The Roof (Fuel Theatre), Othello, Hansel and Gretel, The Effect, Damned by Despair, Collaborators, Greenland, Beauty and The Beast, Hamlet, The Cat in the Hat (also Paris), Pains of Youth and Our Class. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has lit Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Homecoming, King Lear, A Winter’s Tale and Merchant of Venice.
Other theatre productions include: The Life of Galileo, Cat On The Hot Tin Roof, Once In A Lifetime, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Season in the Congo (Young Vic) Fatherland (Frantic Assembly), Richard III, American Psycho, King Lear and The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida); Dr Faustus, The Maids (Jaime Lloyd and ATG) The Lorax (Old Vic), King Charles III (West End, UK Tour, Australian Tour and Broadway); Apologia and The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios); Trelawny of the Wells, Moonlight and Polar Bears (Donmar); Tipping The Velvet (Hammersmith Lyric), Luna Gale (Hampstead Theatre) Ten Billion, Red Bud, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Gone Too Far and The Pride (Royal Court); Salome (Headlong Company and tour); the Olivier-winning Into the Woods (Regent’s Park); Painkiller (Belfast) and Four Quartets (Lincoln Center, New York).
West End work includes the musicals Made in Dagenham, I Can’t Sing and The Commitments, The Pride, The Little Dog Laughed, Three Days of Rain (Olivier nomination for Best Lighting), Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection, and Pinter’s People.
He has lit dance productions for ROH2 in London, Bern:Ballett and Scottish Dance.
Upcoming projects include lighting Desire Under The Elms for Sheffield Theatres, Jungle for the Young Vic, productions for The National Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket among others.