Stage Lighting Design

£22.50 £18.00

Second Edition

The Crowood Press 2018

Neil Fraser

Foreword by Richard Attenborough

Paperback, 208 pages. Photographs: 82 colour & 15 b&w

2 in stock

SKU: 9781785003677 Category:


Stage Lighting Design is a comprehensive introduction to the creation of lighting for performance, tracing the evolution of lighting design from ancient drama to contemporary theatre.

Neil Fraser covers everything that today’s designers will need to know, from the simple nuts and bolts of equipment, through to the complexity of a full lighting rig, including all aspects of the stage electrician and lighter designer’s roles.

This revised second edition includes new material on historical development, intelligent control systems and the latest advances in LED fixtures and luminaires.

Each chapter includes key exercises, now totalling 100, that enable the reader to practise their skills on a wide variety of lighting challenges. The work of current designers is showcased with examples from complete and detailed lighting designs.

  • Choosing and using equipment
  • Applying colour
  • Techniques for focusing
  • Lighting in the round an other stage layouts
  • Creating mood and atmosphere
  • Lighting effects and LED source fixtures
  • Planning, testing and executing a lighting design


Neil Fraser is an experienced lighting designer and one of the world’s foremost teachers of technical theatre in leading theatre schools across the globe. He brings to his teaching over thirty years’ experience of lighting professional productions for theatres worldwide, including major productions in London and New York. After seventeen years as Head of Lighting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he was appointed to his current position as RADA’s Director of Technical Training.

“An engaging and interesting practical introduction to the art of lighting design. There are potentially wider applications as well: as a starting point for building a lighting design curriculum for demonstrating to directors and producers the potential of light on stage, and as a ‘refresher’ for early- or mid-career lighting designers or those transitioning from technical to design careers. “
Review Type: Press 
Reviewed By: Focus Magazine of ALD 

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