Stage Lighting Design

The Art, the Craft, the Life

  • 528 Pages
  • 8x10 Paper
  • Color and B&W Illustrations
  • Drama Books / QSM
  • 9780896762350
  • 0-89676-235-1

Stage Lighting Design, successor to Pilbrow’s hugely successful first book, Stage Lighting, has become the defining text for lighting designers. Pilbrow addresses the aesthetic and technical aspects of lighting design, its history, the mechanics of the craft, and the realities surrounding life of the professional designer. The book received a Theatre Crafts International Lighting Product of the Year Award for 1998.

Stage Lighting Design covers the complete history, theory, and practice of lighting design. It contains 450 black and white half tones, 60 color photos and innumerable diagrams, lighting plots etc. Stage Lighting Design is arranged in four sections:

Design: the basic principles, illustrated with reference to specific productions;

History: a brief survey of the historical development of stage lighting;

Life: interviews with 14 other lighting designers, plus notes on Pilbrow’s own career; and

Mechanics: a vast section dealing with all the technical data today’s designer will need.

Pilbrow’s work has been seen in more than 300 productions in London, New York, Paris, Vienna, and Moscow. Founder of numerous companies in the fields of lighting design and theatre consulting, Pilbrow’s been responsible for revolutionizing theater in Great Britain.

Stage Lighting Design is a comprehensive, insightful and inspiring book that every designer and would-be designer should own.



Richard Pilbrow

Richard Pilbrow occupies a truly unique position in the theater. He is a West End and Broadway lighting designer. He also is a West End theater producer and a world renowned theater consultant as well as a film and theater producer.

Pilbrow is a pioneer of modern stage lighting and was retained by Lord Olivier to be theater consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. His lighting has been see in over 300 productions in London, New York, Paris, Vienna, and Moscow.

Nominated for many awards including the Tony, and winner of the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Circle Critics Award, and others in Toronto and Vancouver, Pilbrow is a leading figure in the world of lighting design.

He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, Zorba. On Broadway he was lighting designer for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Rothchilds, and at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Four Baboons Adoring The Sun (1993 Tony Award nomination).

Pilbrow is also a 2008 winner of the Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2011 Knights of Illumination Lifetime Award, and received an Honorary Fellowship to Royal Central School in 2012.