Guy has been designing lighting for dance, theatre and opera for 20 years; he has been based in London since 1998 as a freelance designer but creates work throughout the UK and internationally.
At time of writing, he is in pre-production for a number of projects in the UK and abroad but due to the global pandemic many of these face an uncertain future; some have been cancelled, others postponed.
Recent designs for dance include Akram Khan’s Chotto Xenos and Mark Bruce’s Return to Heaven, both of which were on tour when the pandemic brought theatres to a close. He had been about to travel to Switzerland to light a triple bill for Tanz Luzern; he was also due to premiere new pieces at Sadler’s Wells for Alexander Whitley Dance Company and New Movement Collective in April and was working on a revival of Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis which won the South Bank Award for Dance in 2012; Mark Bruce’s Dracula which he also lit, went on to win the South Bank Award for Dance in 2014. Many of his dance works have toured internationally; Chotto Desh ,The Metamorphosis, Mischief and Havana Rakatan have all played in New York. Rafael Bonachela’s The Land of Yes and The Land of No - which was originally created in the UK - was remounted in Australia by Sydney Dance Company; Ben Wright’s This Moment Is Your Life was remounted at Malmö Opera by Skånes Dansteater, where he subsequently designed three new works; Henri Oguike’s Front Line was taken into the repertory of Aterbaletto in Italy and CNB in Portugal after many years of touring; more recently he designed #minaret for the Lebanese company Maqamat which he toured extensively in Europe and presented in Beirut in 2019. The work had been due to be presented in Russia in June 2020. In the UK he has designed works for Ben Ash, Mayuri Boonham, Christopher Bruce, Robert Clark, Theo Clinkard, James Cousins, Dan Daw, Laïla Diallo, Robin Dingemans, Eleesha Drennan, Darren Ellis, Jo Fong, Ruth Gibson, Shobana Jeyasingh, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, Ludovic Ondiviela, Seeta Patel, and Nuno Silva.
Since 2015 he has been collaborating with Gandini Juggling on several cross-artform pieces, three of which Spring, Sigma and 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures were touring internationally when performances worldwide were abandoned. The company are currently pressing ahead as best they can with a new project which will hopefully premiere in early 2022.
In London, his theatre designs include Julie, The Deep Blue Sea, Here We Go and Strange Interlude for the National Theatre; Clarence Darrow for the Old Vic; A Doll’s House for the Young Vic (which subsequently transferred to the West End and New York); Wife at Kiln Theatre; Roots, Serenading Louie and Be Near Me for the Donmar Warehouse; One For Sorrow, NSFW and In Basildon for the Royal Court; Little Revolution, A Delicate Balance and Waste for the Almeida. He also designed the Northern Broadsides production of Othello which played in the West End after an extensive UK Tour and the Theatre Royal Bath production of The Father which also toured the UK after two runs in the West End. 2019 saw his debut on Broadway, designing Sea Wall / A Life at the Hudson Theatre.
Opera credits include The Firework Maker’s Daughter (nominated at the 2014 Olivier Awards for Best New Opera Production) for the Royal Opera House (co-produced by Opera North and the Opera Group); Jakob Lenz for English National Opera; American Lulu for The Opera Group (co-produced by Bregenz Festival, Scottish Opera and the Young Vic); The Cunning Little Vixen for The National Theatre, Brno; he has also designed Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried for Longbrough Festival Opera and more than twenty productions for English Touring Opera over nine seasons, including the 2014 Olivier award-winning season of King Priam and Paul Bunyan. When the pandemic hit he was on the verge of starting rehearsals for a new production of The Turn Of The Screw at the Royal Opera House.
Around the country he has designed in-house productions for Chichester Festival Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Sheffield Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Playhouse, Leicester Curve, Theatr Clywd; The Citizens’ in Glasgow and The Traverse in Edinburgh.
In 2010, he was nominated for Best Lighting Designer at the TMA Awards (for A Christmas Carol); He has been nominated three times at the Knight of Illumination Awards - in 2009, 2012 and 2013 (in Opera for The Magic Flute; in Dance for The Metamorphosis; and in TV for the filming of The Metamorphosis).
Guy is currently an Associate Artist at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.