Patrick Woodroffe (lighting designer)
Family and education
Patrick Woodroffe grew up in Singapore and Germany was educated at The Knoll Preparatory School, Marlborough College and Copford Glebe School.
Patrick is married to Lucy and has two children, Alice (22) and Laura (18). His brother, Simon Woodroffe, is the founder of Yo! Sushi.
Woodroffe began his career in lighting in the mid Seventies working primarily with Rock and Roll groups in Europe.
In 1980 he moved to the United States and for the next five years lit shows for various artists including Cher, Raquel Welch and Donna Summer in Las Vegas, as well as touring productions for Rod Stewart, Earth, Wind and Fire, Robert Palmer and ABBA, for whom he lit their last concert appearance at the Budokan in Tokyo in 1980. Woodroffe returned to the UK in 1985, lighting many of the seminal names in the rock world. These include among others, groups and singers as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan, The Police, Take That, Peter Gabriel, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, Genesis, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Brightman and The Bee Gees
Woodroffe has worked with The Rolling Stones since 1982 as their lighting designer and show director, and has been responsible for the direction of many important shows for the group, including the concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Working with Oscar winning cinematographer, Bob Richardson, Woodroffe lit the Martin Scorsese film, Shine a Light, the record of the Stones' live performances at the Beacon Theatre in 2006.
Woodroffe lit a production at the Vienna State Opera of Gunod's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jurgen Flimm, where the lighting took the place of all the scenery. He lit Trovatore at the Bregenz Festival, directed by Robert Carsen. He also lit Swan Lake for the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall.
He has been responsible for lighting all the Vanity Fair Oscar parties in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years as well as other events for magazine in London and Cannes for the film festival there. He created the son et lumiere at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino in Las Vegas - The Lake of Dreams, as well as all the landscape lighting for both Wynn Las Vegas and its sister hotel, Encore Las Vegas.
In theatre and dance he has lit the A Tribute for The Blues Brothers and Ducktastic for producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, The Boy From Oz, in Sydney with Hugh Jackman. Also shows for Joaquin Cortez, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and Wheel of Life the show featuring the martial arts of the Shaolin Monks.
He has created temporary light installations at the River Cafe in London, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the opening of the Globe Arena in Stockholm and the gardens at Highgrove House for the Prince of Wales. He lit the gardens at Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Jubilee concerts in 2002. In 2000 Woodroffe was involved with the then Millennium Dome, lighting both the show inside and the exterior of the building where he created a giant light clock. He created a lightscape at Somerset House in London, which allows the facades of the building to change colour depending on the events which are taking place within the courtyard, and also a permanent scheme for the Madjedski Garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
In 2007, working with the Spanish director of photography, Daniel Arroya, Woodroffe lit the theatrical scenes in High School Musical 3, directed by Kenny Ortega. Woodroffe worked on the "This Is It" show for Michael Jackson and subsequently worked on the feature film that remains the sole record of the production after Jackson's sudden death. Working with Oscar winning cinematographer, Bob Richardson, Woodroffe lit the Martin Scorsese film, Shine a Light, the record of the Stones' live performances at the Beacon Theatre in 2006.
In 2012 he lit the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2013 he created the lighting consultancy, Woodroffe Bassett Design with long-term associate Adam Bassett.
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- Interview on Front Row about the Hayward Gallery "Light Show" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q8nrd
- Interview on Front Row about the creative process of lighting a show http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pgh65
- Article on Patrick in the Sunday Times Culture section following the Olympic Opening Ceremony http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/music/pop_and_rock/article1099133.ece
- Profile in Live Design http://livedesignonline.com/mag/lighting_beyond_rock_roll/
- Interview after the death of Michael Jackson http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2009/06/26/michael-jackson-recaptured-electric-form-24hours-before-he-died-115875-21473850/
- An interview with Patrick http://www.spotlight.st/lighting/features/woodroff/index.html
- Technical look at Somerset House installation http://www.techietalk.co.uk/2009/07/03/news/anolis-led-installation-somerset-house/
- Article on The V&A Museum installation http://www.acspecialprojects.com/architectural/heritage/v-and-a.asp
- Article on The Somerset House relight http://www.acspecialprojects.com/architectural/heritage/somerset_house.asp
- Article about the Wynn Lake of Dreams http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/2/7/9/1
- Patrick Woodroffe's Website http://www.patrickwoodroffe.com
- Patrick Woodroffe's IMDB listing http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940414/
- Woodroffe interviewed about the Olympics opening ceremony