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 Spectrum and Something About Wilderness, two new dance pieces for Skånes Dansteater in Malmö; a number of new projects with Gandini Juggling, Seeta Patel and Theo Clinkard are also due to open in 2017 along with a new production of Wings at the Young Vic. He is in the early stages of development on a new piece with Mark Bruce Company to premiere in 2018.
Recent designs for dance include To See The World While The Light Lasts at Malmö Opera, Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh, Dan Daw’s Beast, and Mark Bruce’s The Odyssey. He designed the lighting for Arthur Pita’s The Metamorphosis and Mark Bruce’s Dracula which won the South Bank Award for Dance in 2012 and 2014 respectively. 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; and Henri Oguike’s Front Line was taken into the repertory of Aterbaletto in Italy and CNB in Portugal after many years of touring in the UK and abroad. He has also designed works for Ben Ash, Mayuri Boonham, Christopher Bruce, Theo Clinkard, James Cousins, Dan Daw, Laila 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.
In London, his theatre designs include 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); Roots, Serenading Louie and Be Near Me for the Donmar Warehouse; 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 toured the UK after two runs in the West End.
Around the country he has designed in-house productions for 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.
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.
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.