James Stokes


My Work

Lighting Design

James has worked across the UK as a lighting designer, and has recently become particularly experienced with designing efficient and effective lighting for rural touring and nontraditional spaces, as seen in his designs for LOOP (Theatre In Black, 2019) and Pepper & Honey (Notnow Collective, 2019-20).

In 2021, James was Assistant Lighting Designer for Ben Cracknell on Grease The Musical (UK Tour, directed by Nikolai Foster).

Into The Woods, Curve Leicester 2019 (Photo by Matt Cawrey)
Pepper & Honey, Notnow Collective 2019-21 (Photo copyright Notnow Collective)

Lighting Programming

James developed his Eos programming skills at Curve Theatre in Leicester, and has programmed for various designers including Jane Lalljee (Giraffes Can’t Dance, Curve/Rose Kingston/Simon Friend 2019-20) and Ben Cracknell (My Beautiful Launderette, Curve/Leeds Playhouse/Cheltenham Everyman/Belgrade Theatre 2019).

More recently, he has programmed By The Waters of Liverpool for designer Ian Scott, which James also relit on tour in 2020. In 2021, James programmed the world premiere of Into Battle for designer Alex Stafford.


About Me

James is a lighting designer and programmer based in Leicester, and working all over the UK, in theatres and in nontraditional performance spaces alike.

Having developed a love for theatre while at university studying a degree in archaeology and anthropology, James has so far enjoyed a career that has taken him from fringe theatre to the West End, and everywhere in between.

As a designer, James enjoys working on a wide range of projects, but is particularly interested in new writing and adaptations with a strong social motive. He is fascinated by the ability of light to tell stories and support narratives and seeks to investigate that relationship in all of his projects.


Current Projects

Programming and relighting Mugabe, My Dad, & Me (LD Alex Stafford, produced by English Touring Theatre)

Lighting Designer for Pepper & Honey (dir. Tilly Branson, produced by Notnow Collective) – touring spring 2022

Assistant Lighting Designer for the 2021 remount of Grease The Musical on tour (LD Ben Cracknell, produced by Curve and InTheatre Productions)


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