Paule Constable

Paule Constable Portrait

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Current and forthcoming credits include: FOLLIES, PINOCCHIO (National Theatre); HEISENBERG: THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCPLE (Harper Elliott Productions, West End) and NORMA (Met Opera).

Theatre credits include: ANGELS IN AMERICA, MOSQUITOES, COMMON, THE RED BARN, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, THE SUICIDE, BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS, THE LIGHT PRINCESS, TABLE, THIS HOUSE, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (also West End and Broadway), A COMEDY OF ERRORS, DANTON, THE POWER OF YES, PHEDRE, DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN, WAR HORSE (also West End, Toronto, Australia, US Tour and Broadway), SOME TRACE OF HER, WOMEN OF TROY, TRIPLE BILL, SAINT JOAN, ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE, CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, WAVES, SOUTHWARK FAIR, PAUL, CORAM BOY, TRANSLATIONS, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, HIS DARK MATERIALS, PLAY WITHOUT WORDS, THREE SISTERS, JUMPERS, IVANOV, DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH and HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES all for the National Theatre; A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Also on Broadway), PETER AND ALICE and PRIVATES ON PARADE all for the Michael Grandage Company in the West End; WOLF HALL (also West End and Broadway), AS YOU LIKE IT, THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG, THE SEAGULL, TALES FROM OVID, THE DISPUTE, UNCLE VANYA, BECKETT'S SHORTS and THE MYSTERIES all for the Royal Shakespeare Company; HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH, CLYBOURNE PARK, POSH, THE CITY, KRAPPS LAST TAPE, FORTY WINKS, BOY GETS GIRL, NIGHT SONGS, THE COUNTRY, DUBLIN CAROL, and THE WEIR (also West End and Broadway) all for the Royal Court; ELEGY, TEDDY FERRARA, LUISE MILLER, IVANOV (Donmar at the Wyndhams), THE CHALK GARDEN, THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE, RSC THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK, OTHELLO, ABSURDIA, THE CUT, PROOF and LITTLE FOXES all for the Donmar Warehouse; HAPPY DAYS, FEAST, THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, GENERATIONS, VERNON GOD LITTLE, THE JUNGLE BOOK, AS I LAY DYING, 12TH NIGHT, MORE GRIMM TALES and OMMA all for the Young Vic; SEVENTEEN, HERONS, BLASTED, THREE SISTERS, THE SERVANT, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and OLIVER TWIST all for the Lyric Hammersmith. DON CARLOS (Sheffield Crucible and West End – 2006 Olivier Award for Best Lighting); LOVE NEVER DIES, OLIVER and EVITA (West End); LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (London O2 Arena), LES MISERABLES (25th Anniversary Production - Broadway and International); PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (New Production); MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, AMADEUS and PLAYHOUSE CREATURES all for the Old Vic; THE STREET OF CROCODILES, OUT OF A HOUSE WALKED A MAN, THE THREE LIVES OF LUCIE CABROL, A MINUTE TOO LATE and CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE all for Theatre de Complicite.

Opera credits include: CARMEN, FAUST, RIGOLETTO, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, THE MAGIC FLUTE and MACBETH all for the Royal Opera House; NOTHING, ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, DIE MEISTERSINGER, BILLY BUDD (also BAM), RUSALKA, ST MATTHEW PASSION, COSI FAN TUTTI, GIULIO CESARE (also Metropolitan Opera, New York), CARMEN, THE DOUBLE BILL and LA BOHEME all for Glyndebourne; BENVENUTO CELLINI, COSI FAN TUTTI, MEDEA, IDOMENEO, SATYAGRAHA (also Metropolitan Opera New York), CLEMENZA DI TITO, GOTTERDAMERUNG, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA ,THE RAKES PROGRESS and MANON all for ENO; ROBERTO DEVEREUX, CAV AND PAG, THE MERRY WIDOW, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, DON GIOVANNI and ANNA BOLENA all for the Metroplitan Opera, New York; TALES OF HOFFMAN (Salzburg Festival); POPPEA (Theatre Champs Elysees); AGRIPPINA and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (La Monnaie); COSI and THE RING CYCLE (Opera National du Rhin); TRISTAN AND ISOLDE (New National Opera, Tokyo); PETER GRIMES, DON GIOVANNI, LA TRAVIATA, MAGIC FLUTE and ROSENKAVALIAR all for Opera North; INNES DI CASTRO and MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Scottish Opera) and DON GIOVANNI, THE SACRIFICE and KATYA KABANOVA all for WNO, as well as productions throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Dance credits include: ELIZABETH and PINOCCHIO for Will Tuckett, THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS for Kim Brandstrup, SEVEN DEADLY SINS (The Royal Ballet), NAKED (The Ballet Boyz), LA BAISER DE LA FE (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and SLEEPING BEAUTY, DORIAN GRAY and PLAY WITHOUT WORDS for Matthew Bourne. 

Paule is an Associate of the National Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith and for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. 

She has won the Oliver Award for Best Lighting Design a record four times (for CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, THE CHALK GARDEN, DON CARLOS and HIS DARK MATERIALS) and the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design twice (for CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and WAR HORSE). She has also won the Knight of Illuminations Award for Best Lighting Design for SAINT JOAN, the LA Drama Desk Award for both LES MISERABLES and WAR HORSE, the New York Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for both CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and WAR HORSE, wasthe first recipient of the Opera Award for Lighting and received the Hospital Award for Contribution to Theatre.

 

 

07 September 2017

FOLLIES opens at the National Theatre

FOLLIES opens at the National Theatre

FOLLIES, by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman, is directed by Dominic Cooke in the Olivier at the National Theatre. Nick Skilbeck is the Music Supervisor, Nigel Lilley is the Music Director & Conductor and Paule Constable is the Lighting Designer. 

The Artsdesk ★★★★★

“Music supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and conductor Nigel Lilley have elicited the best possible work; there are stunning contributions from some of the best wind and brass in the business”

“evocatively lit by Paule Constable”

“You leave giddy with the richness and complexity of it all. one of the great classics of the musical theatre is magnificently vindicated.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/follies-national-theatre-review-imelda-staunton-equal-first-stunning-company

The Independent ★★★★★

"The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace, what with the thrilling sound of the orchestra (under Nigel Lilley’s fantastic musical direction)"

"jaw-droppingly great"

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/follies-national-theatre-dominic-cooke-imelda-staunton-a7934266.html

The Guardian ★★★★★

“It is quite simply breathtaking.”

“a production that perfectly captures the sustained emotional arc of Sondheim and Goldman’s musical”

“Sondheim's showbiz stunner returns in breathtaking style”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/sep/06/follies-review-imelda-staunton-national-theatre-dominic-cooke

Time Out ★★★★★

“’Follies' is no folly but a perfect, devastating evocation of the pain of looking back”

“There's nothing like a Stephen Sondheim musical to make you wonder what the hell everybody else is playing at. Revived with considerable expense, a lot of style…frankly extraordinary”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/follies-review

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“Unmissable, really.”

“the opulent spectacle of the night”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/razzmatazz-poignancy-cracking-songs-unmissable-sondheim-revival/

The Stage ★★★★★

“This isn’t just triumphant, it’s transcendent”

“Every 10 minutes or so there's another stunner of a set piece, sung impeccably”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/follies-review-at-the-national-theatre/

The Financial Times ★★★★★

"an outstanding revival — spectacular, sassy, sorrowful and ultimately deeply sad. It’s as robust as an old trouper and as delicate as a cobweb, a brilliantly sustained reverie, superbly performed."

"the 21-piece orchestra bring the spectacle, while revealing in it the hollowness of fame and the damaging veneration of youth."

https://www.ft.com/content/002b0d5c-93bc-11e7-a9e6-11d2f0ebb7f0

Broadway World ★★★★★

“it's thrilling, heartrending and utterly vital.”

“Nigel Lilley's magnificent brassy orchestra”

“Sondheim super-fans will certainly consider it worth the wait, but for the dedicated and uninitiated alike, it's simply spectacular theatre”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Review-FOLLIES-National-Theatre-20170906

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“establishes the greatness of Follies once and for all”

“Its strength lies less in its spectacle than in the calibrated detail”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/follies-national-theatre-olivier-sondheim-staunton_44552.html?cid=homepage_news

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“lending clever pastiche with passages of uncomfortable introspection, it’s a genuinely fascinating study of the dangers of nostalgia.”

“real emotional weight — eloquent about desire, fantasy, illusion and regret”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/follies-theatre-review-imelda-staunton-gives-a-piercing-performance-in-gorgeous-sondheim-revival-a3628871.html

The New York Times  

"musical director Nigel Lilley’s 21-strong orchestra delivers the score with unusual luster: the brass section, by way of example, sends Buddy’s revelatory “The Right Girl” soaring"

"I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a “Follies” that carries the punch of the current staging"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/follies-sondheim-national-theatre-london.html

Variety

"Guess that’s why they call him God"

If the foursome all realize how much they’ve been faking, they also come to see that the whole world’s a ruse. Divine"

http://variety.com/2017/legit/reviews/follies-review-imelda-staunton-national-theatre-1202550230/

 

26 July 2017

Paule Constable and Paule Arditti are Lighting and Sound Designers on MOSQUITOES

Paule Constable and Paule Arditti are Lighting and Sound Designers on MOSQUITOES

Written by Lucy Kirkwood and Directed by the National Theatre Artistic Director, Rufus Norris, MOSQUITOES has Lighting by Paule Constable and Sound by Paul Arditti. It runs at the Dorfman Theatre at the National until September 28th. 

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“the kind of play that makes me want to punch the air in celebration”

“simple circular set, with a huge metal portal looming above it, is transformed by light”

“the play's constantly changing landscape…opens up whole worlds without ever losing its still centre or its capacity to hold the attention for every moment”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-mosquitoes-dorfman-national-lucy-kirkwood_44199.html?cid=homepage_news

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Paule Constable’s lighting and Paul Arditti’s sound design help to convey the momentousness of the Geneva experiments”

“wonderfully ambitious”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jul/26/mosquitoes-review-lucy-kirkwood-olivia-colman-olivia-williams

 

Broadway World ★★★★

“The science lectures are made palatable via immersive cosmic light shows - key contributions from Paule Constable, Paul Arditti”

“Hugely ambitious, intelligent and affecting, and a refreshing epic powered by two women who contain multitudes”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-MOSQUITOES-National-Theatre-20170726

The Times ★★★★

"intelligent, impassioned"

"exhilarating in its ambition"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/theatre-review-mosquitoes-at-the-dorfman-theatre-se1-9nvwp6r75

The Telegraph ★★★★

“dazzling”

“tackles giant themes with a swaggering showmanship”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/olivia-colman-devastatingly-good-lucy-kirkwoods-dazzling-new/

 

Timeout ★★★★

“Full of projected galaxies and cosmic cacophony… like an action movie…tough enough to handle it”

“wildly ambitious”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/mosquitoes

 

The Stage ★★★★

“It’s a joy though to see a play devote this much space and time to examining what it is to be a sister, a mother and a daughter, while also effortlessly contemplating the universe”

“Rufus Norris’ production takes the approach that, as this is a play about science stuff, it requires the deployment of all his toys”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/mosquitoes-starring-olivia-colman-review-national-theatre-london/

 

 

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