Patrick Woodroffe (lighting designer)

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Patrick Woodroffe OBE RDI (born 11 June 1954 in Oxford) is a lighting designer working in the worlds of music, dance, fashion, art and architecture.[1][failed verification]


Woodroffe began his career in lighting in the mid Seventies and since then has lit and directed productions for many artists including ABBA, Adele, Bob Dylan, The Police, Take That, Peter Gabriel, Simon and Garfunkel, Genesis, Rammstein, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Lady Gaga, Donna Summer and Elton John.

Woodroffe has worked with The Rolling Stones since 1982 as the lighting designer and creative director for their live shows. He lit Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light, the record of the Stones' live performances at the Beacon Theatre.

In 2009 Woodroffe lit the "This Is It" show for Michael Jackson[2][failed verification] and subsequently worked on the feature film that remains the sole record of that production.

In opera, ballet and dance he has lit many productions, including West Side Story for the Salzburg Festival and various productions at the Vienna State Opera and Finnish National Opera where the lighting took the place of the scenery.

In musical theatre he has lit productions of Bat Out of Hell, The Band, Mama Mia the Party, Batman Live, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chess at The Coliseum in London. He also created the lighting for the Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera Anniversary Concerts. He also lit the Queen's Jubilee concert in 2002 that took place in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.

He has been responsible for the lighting all the Vanity Fair Oscar parties in Los Angeles and Cannes for the last seventeen years.

He has created temporary light installations at the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath and the gardens at Highgrove House for the Prince of Wales. He created a lightscape at Somerset House[3][failed verification] 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[4][failed verification] in London.

In 2000 Woodroffe was involved with the then Millennium Dome, lighting both the show inside and the exterior of the building. He created The Lake of Dreams at the Wynn Hotel[5][failed verification] in Las Vegas.

In 2012 he lit the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games and London 2012 Paralympic Games.[6][failed verification]

In 2013 he created the lighting consultancy, Woodroffe Bassett Design with long-term associate Adam Bassett.

In 2013 he was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA and he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to the arts.[7]


  1. ^ Interview on Front Row about the creative process of lighting a show
  2. ^ Interview after the death of Michael Jackson
  3. ^ [failed verification]Technical look at Somerset House installation
  4. ^ Article on The V&A Museum installation
  5. ^ Article about the Wynn Lake of Dreams
  6. ^ Article on Patrick in the Sunday Times Culture section following the Olympic Opening Ceremony
  7. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b16.

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