Joshua Carr

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Recent credits include: HAMLET (Leeds Playhouse); TRUE WEST (Vaudeville Theatre); DEALING WITH CLAIR (Orange Tree Theatre); SWEET CHARITY (Nottingham Playhouse); HANGMEN (Atlantic Theatre Company, New York); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Hull Truck); TIGER BAY (Wales Millennium Centre & Cape Town Opera); TERROR (Lyric Hammersmith); ROMEO AND JULIET (West Yorkshire Playhouse); EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE (Sheffield Theatres); HENRY V(Regent’s Park Theatre); HANGMEN (Royal Court & West End); SLEEPING BEAUTY (Watermill); STEWART LEE: CONTENT PROVIDER (London & UK Tour); LUNCH AND THE BOW OF ULYSSES (Trafalgar Studios); WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble, National Theatre of Wales & Wales Millennium Centre); RAZ (West End); SONGS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Vault Festival, Battersea Arts Centre); DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Park Theatre); ALBERT HERRING (RCM); THE DISSIDENTS (Tricycle Theatre); THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE & BRITAIN'S BEST RECRUITING SERGEANT (Unicorn Theatre); THE WASP, IN THE VALE OF HEALTH (Hampstead Theatre); THE REALNESS (Big House Theatre Company); EXIT THE KING (Theatre Royal Bath); BREEDERS (St James Theatre); HOLES (Arcola Theatre); THE SAINTS, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN THE WORLD (Nuffield); LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: BLACK (Assembly Edinburgh, Soho Theatre, Homotopia Festival, Liverpool & UK Tour); YELLOW FACE (National Theatre, Park Theatre); ALL MY SONS, THE MISER (Watermill Theatre), SOME GIRL I USED TO KNOW (West Yorkshire Playhouse and UK Tour), UNSCORCHED,THE NORTHERNERS (Finborough); AMYGDALA (The Print Room); AS YOU LIKE IT (Luxembourg & UK Tour), THE LOVE GIRL AND THE INNOCENT, PORT AUTHORITY (Southwark Playhouse); JEKYLL & HYDE (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Southwark Playhouse), HOUSE OF CARDS at Kensington Palace (Coney); PRESIDENT AND THE PAKISTANI (Waterloo East); MANSFIELD PARK (UK Tour), STAGE FRIGHT (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds);ONE HOUR ONLY (Old Vic New Voices); MUDLARKS (High Tide Festival); DICK WHITTINGTON (Stafford Gatehouse);HIS TEETH (Only Connect – Nominated of Offie Award for Best Lighting Design); LOVE OF A NIGHTINGALE, THREEPENNY OPERA, ANTIGONE, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (fourth Monkey); THE SONG OF DEBORAH  (The Lowry); THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Soho Gallery); CINDERELLA (Young Actors Theatre) BREATHING CORPSES (Curving Road/Theatre Delicatessen); BILLY ELLIOT (Young Actors Theatre).


14 March 2017

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is given a vibrant new staging in Amy Leach’s production, designed by Hayley Grindle with lighting by Joshua Carr. Running in Leeds until the 25th March.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“It’s notable how, as the action progresses, the pillars and flyovers of Hayley Grindle’s set accrue the increasingly familiar sight of cellophane-wrapped flowers signifying pointless, premature deaths.”

“a hot and hormonal Romeo and Juliet”

The Stage ★★★★

“A thrilling, intelligent and intense vision of youth destroyed by hatred”  

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Hayley Grindle’s spare set, all concrete walkways and harsh sunlight proves infinitely adaptable”

“an involving, energetic update which takes risks and largely succeeds”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.”

“excellent production”

“creative and imaginative adaptation”  

16 February 2017

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at Sheffield Crucible Theatre

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at Sheffield Crucible Theatre

Jonathan Butterell directs this new musical with music by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. Based on the BBC Three documentary “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16”, EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE plays in Sheffield until 25th February. 

The Stage ★★★★★

“courageous and outrageous.”

“Heartwarming new British musical that tells a true story with power and poignancy” 

The Times ★★★★★

“quite a special piece of theatre.” 

“This show has the tingle.”

The Telegraph ★★★★ 

“Sends you out on a feel-good bubble of happiness”

“funny, outrageous, touching”

“feels as fresh, coltish, exciting and turbulent as adolescence itself”

Financial Times ★★★★ 

“joyous and witty.”

“This story won’t stop here.” 

Broadway World ★★★★★

“fizzes with excitement”

“the quickest standing ovation I've ever seen” 

Attitude ★★★★

“premieres in Sheffield to screaming ovations for a screaming queen, and a red sequinned star is born.”

“a feel-good, triumphant, pop song sensation.”  

24 November 2016

Simon Kenny and Joshua Carr open SLEEPING BEAUTY at the Watermill Theatre

Simon Kenny and Joshua Carr open SLEEPING BEAUTY at the Watermill Theatre

Rufus Norris quirky re-telling of the classic fair story is directed by Bill Buckhurst and plays in Newbury until 1st January. Simon Kenny is Designer and Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer. 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“sharp, funny, pacy and energetic” 

“Joshua Carr’s lighting is suitably illuminating and Simon Kenny’s set compensates width for height in the confined space: a raised recessed blue circle is the centrepiece with a tangled framework of wheels at its edges.” 

British Theatre Guide 

“Simon Kenny’s enchanted layered set strikingly creates the forest and the various locations and is atmospherically lit by designer Joshua Carr.”

“The production values are exceedingly high in this excellent seasonal show.”

The Reviews Hub 

“quirky adaptation of a classic tale is superbly told.”

“The production is full of atmosphere”  

29 June 2016

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on HENRY V at Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on HENRY V at Regents Park Open Air Theatre

HENRY V is directed by Donmar Warehouse Associate Director Robert Hastie, with Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry in the title role. Playing until 9th July.

The Stage ★★★★ 

“The theatre is flooded with white light” 

“a thoughtful, careful production”

“Potent…featuring a performance of measure and intelligence”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“beautifully back-lit”

“the whole show delivers a vital wake-up jolt to us all in terms of reinvigorating the Shakespeare canon.” 

The Guardian ★★★★

“highly intelligent production”

“excitingly staged”

Financial Times ★★★★

“draws us in gradually but compellingly”

British Theatre Guide

“spectacular lighting courtesy of Joshua Carr, building to a magnificent son et lumière at Agincourt.”

London Theatre 1

“Never a nicer evening was had in Regent’s Park than watching this production of Henry V under the stars.” 

Arts Desk ★★★★ 

“Joshua Carr’s rising floodlights silhouette tableaux of soldiers”

“as visceral as it is evocative”


“exceedingly potent”

London Theatre ★★★★ 


“fierce and blazing energy” 

“brilliantly conceived a production that shakes up the play throughout”

“magnificently illuminated -- in every sense -- by Joshua Carr's lighting design” 

Gay Times 

“joins a stunning setting with an intimidating cast of fierce performers.”  

31 March 2016

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on RAZ at Trafalgar Studios

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on RAZ at Trafalgar Studios

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Raz starts with a bang – the audience plunged into darkness, an uncomfortable mechanical sound filling with air – and doesn't let us out of its grip for the entire 65 minutes.”

“an atmospheric sound design…and lighting design by of Joshua Carr.”

“Such sustained dramatic tension is a rare accomplishment”

A Younger Theatre 

“magnetic to watch”


Arts Desk 

“With some help from Joshua Carr’s lighting and Ben and Max Ringham’s sound design, Cartwright the actor effortlessly and humorously dominates the stage and charmingly leads us through the events of the drink-spilled and vomit-spattered evening.”

08 December 2015

HANGMEN opens in the West End with Lighting by Joshua Carr

HANGMEN opens in the West End with Lighting by Joshua Carr

Transferring from the Royal Court following a sold out run, Martin McDonagh’s new play runs at the Wyndhams Theatre until the 5th of March. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“The designs lose none of their drama”

“Hangmen is one of the best shows in the West End at the moment: brutal, bizarre and blindingly funny.”

Official London Theatre 

“Joshua Carr’s evocative lighting and Ian Dickson’s sound is transformative” 

“wickedly funny, blackly surreal and surprisingly heart-warming” 

The Upcoming ★★★★★ 

“design was quite marvellous with the dank, luminous cell hosting Hennessy’s hanging in the opening scene” 

“undeniably the theatrical event of the year” 

Arts Desk ★★★★

“It’s as visually precise as McDonagh’s exquisite semantic dissection.”

Evening Standard ★★★★ 

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“wickedly funny and funnily wicked.”

“remarkable design by Anna Fleischle…with lighting by Joshua Carr…ensures that the set of Hangmen is one of the stars.”

03 November 2015

David Woodhead and Joshua Carr open DINNER WITH FRIENDS at the Park Theatre

David Woodhead and Joshua Carr open DINNER WITH FRIENDS at the Park Theatre

Directed by Tom Attenborough, this Pulitzer Prize winning play runs at the Park Theatre until 28th November. Designed by David Woodhead with Lighting by Joshua Carr.

London Theatre 1 ★★★★ 

“David Woodhead’s set looks beautiful and is used to good advantage, there’s a great sunset scene and simple touches that create effective changes from scene to scene.”

“a beautiful subtle play…movingly, brutally human.”  

The Upcoming ★★★★

“The blank white floor and minimalist set, changed by the actors themselves, quickly shifts into different locations. However, the shelved backdrop stays the same, the bottles and dishes placed upon them indicating the passage of time and the memories that remain in their shared experiences.” 

Arts Desk

“David Woodhead’s sleek fantasy kitchen is a constant reminder of social pressure to achieve, conform and display, and if the piece itself falls short of real profundity, it’s still an engrossing peek beneath that surface.”

02 October 2015

HANGMEN to transfer to the West End!

HANGMEN to transfer to the West End!

Joshua Carr is Lighting Designer on HANGMEN at the Royal Court which opened in September to rave reviews and is currently finishing a sold out run in Sloane Square (until 10th October). 

Martin McDonagh’s first UK play in over 10 years is directed by Matthew Dunster and stars David Morrissey, Johnny Flynn and Reece Shearsmith, and will open at the Wyndham’s Theatre from the 1st of December and play until the 5th March 2016.

Artistic Director of the Royal Court Vicky Featherstone said of the announcement: "We are delighted that Hangmen will have a future life in the West End. It's been thrilling to be able to continue the legacy of Martin McDonagh's work at the Royal Court. Hangmen will become a modern classic. This stunning production has been a huge success here and a commercial life will mean it can be seen by many more people - which is, after all why we make theatre." 

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