Giles Thomas


Current and forthcoming projects include: EQUUS (English Touring Theatre); TAO OF GLASS (Manchester International Festival); PLENTY (Chichester).

Composer & Sound Design credits include: MACBETH (Unifaun Theatre, Malta); GRIMM TALES (Unicorn); COCK (Chichester Festival Theatre); HENRY V (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); OTHELLO (English Touring Theatre);  BUGGY BABY (Yard Theatre); THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (UK Tour 2018); WAIT UNTIL DARK (UK Tour); HANDBAGGED (Theatre by the Lake); DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal and Derngate); HOW MY LIGHT IN SPENT (Royal Exchange); OTHELLO (Tobacco Factory, Bristol);WISH LIST,YEN (Royal Exchange & Royal Court); CONTRACTIONS (Sheffield Theatres); CORRESPONDENCE (Old Red Lion); I SEE YOU (Royal Court); POMONA (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre); SPARKS (Old Red Lion); THE TITANIC ORCHESTRA, THIS WILL END BADLY, ALLIE (Edinburgh); LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS (Southwark Playhouse); OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (Theatre Royal Bath); BACK DOWN (Birmingham Rep); WOLF FROM THE DOOR, PRIMETIMEMINTPIGEONSDEATH TAXTHE PRESIDENT HAS COME TO SEE YOU(Royal Court); LIE WITH ME (Talawa); THE SOUND OF YELLOW (Young Vic); TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND BREATHETHE STREET (Oval House Theatre); STOP KISS (Leicester Square Theatre).  

Sound Design credits include: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Southampton Nuffield); THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES (Royal Exchange); HIJABI MONOLOGUES (Bush Theatre); DISCO PIGS (Trafalgar Studios & Irish Rep Theatre NY); THE UGLY ONE, A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON (Park Theatre); DYL (Old Red Lion);  WHAT SHADOWS (Birmingham Rep & Park Theatre); THEY DRINK IT IN THE CONGO (Almeida); THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Arcola, HighTide Festival); DECADES (The Brit School for Performing Arts); THE SNOW QUEEN (Southampton Nuffield & Northampton Royal & Derngate); ORSON’S SHADOW (Southwark Playhouse); DEFECT (Arts Ed); BETRAYAL (I Fagiolini, UK Tour); A HARLEM DREAM (Young Vic); KHANDAN (Birmingham Rep, Royal Court); SUPERIOR DONUTS (Southwark Playhouse); THREE MEN IN A BOAT (Original Theatre Company, UK Tour); KING JOHN (Union Theatre); ITS ABOUT TIME (Nabokov Theatre Company, Hampstead Theatre); SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT (Royal Court, Gate Theatre, Out of Joint, Paines Plough, National Theatre); HOUSE OF AGNES (Paines Plough) 

Associate Sound Designer on: MA RAINEYS BLACK BOTTOM (National Theatre); HENRY IV(Donmar Warehouse & tour); HENRY V(Michael Grandage Company, West End);1984(West End, UK Tour). 

Music Producer on: AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE WICKERMAN (National Theatre of Scotland). 

Screen credits include: AURELIA (Jade Edwards) IDENT (Anaya Productions); CERN HADRON COLLIDER EXHIBITION (Science Museum); STREET SPIRIT (Tom Bailey); LAST OF THE OAKS (Luis Baron). 

Giles was nominated for Best Sound Designer - Offie Awards 2015 - for his work on POMONA

22 February 2019

‘This is a play for our time!’ ★★★★★ Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS Soars

‘This is a play for our time!’  ★★★★★ Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS Soars

English Touring Theatre’s thrilling new production of Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS, directed by Ned Bennett, has received rave reviews from critics and audiences, performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East before heading out on national tour. Composition and Sound Design by MLR’s Giles Thomas. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

‘Tantalisingly situated at a point somewhere between Dysart's feverish nightmare and Alan's guilty orgasm, this is haunting, engrossing theatre. Troubling, rich and riveting, it's a must-see.’

‘Giles Thomas' melancholic, supple music and sound design contribute immeasurably to the uncompromising overall vision.’

The Observer ★★★★★

'You will not see a better production of this grim masterpiece.'

Broadway World UK ★★★★★

'Everything about the creative vision works. Bennett's direction is as precise and playful as you'd expect, Giles Thomas' sound unnerves you in your seat, and Jessica Hung Han Yun's lighting is exceptional - you could even go as far to say that it's some of the best use of stage lighting I've ever seen.

The Telegraph ★★★★★

'It is testament to the unique power of Shaffer’s script, and Bennett’s deft revival, that almost half a century on from its first performance, Equus continues to provoke shivers.'

Evening Standard ★★★★★

'What a magnificent evening this is. Director Ned Bennett, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre, revolutionises Peter Shaffer’s can-be-ponderous 1973 modern classic about a disturbed teenager and turns it into an intoxicating event that drips with physicality and theatricality.' 

The Stage ★★★★

‘Just as the play looks at the futility of putting the square peg of Strang’s mind into the round hole of ‘normal’ society, so Bennett takes this carefully structured, well-written play and tries to make it fit with a visual aesthetic to which it’s not naturally suited – the effect is stark and striking, and really quite brilliant.’ 

The Guardian ★★★★

'Directors can also renew a familiar work – which is precisely what Ned Bennett does in his exhilarating staging of Peter Shaffer’s modern classic. I was present at the first performance in 1973 but, without violating the text, Bennett’s production has enabled me to see the play through fresh eyes.'

The Times ★★★★

'Predominantly, though, we are put in the thick of a story that asks whether it is God, shame or repressed sexuality that prompts an extraordinary act. This is Equus with the reins off.'

London Theatre ★★★★

‘But that's not the only innovation and provocation in Bennett's boldly stripped-back, theatrically intense and focused production. With billowing white curtains surrounding the playing area, it only employs minimal props and set pieces to establish locations and mood, with the help of Jessica Hung Han Yin's piercing (and occasionally blinding) lighting and Giles Thomas's soundscape.’

The Arts Desk  ★★★★

‘But it's the sheer theatrical excitement of Bennett's vision — sometimes ferociously passionate, sometimes movingly gentle, and, at the first act climax, absolutely billowing with grandeur — that stays with you. Yes, this is a play for our time!’ 

04 April 2018



Featuring Sound Design by MLR’s Giles Thomas, this updated production was directed by Chelsea Walker – winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award.

The Times ★★★★

“intimate, charged and gripping”

“The production makes palpable the long hot summer and Blanche’s moods; petals in the air and Blondie on the speakers, say, as she frays at the edges.”

The Guardian ★★★★

“…there are some extraordinary moments.”

“Walker makes us believe in the magic of theatre, and then she dismantles the set to show us it was only an illusion.” 

The Stage ★★★★

“small explosions of excitement are carefully chosen to be like sharp pinpricks to the skin”

“it’s Streetcar scraped back to the bone, a darker and more solemn interpretation”

21 March 2018

BUGGY BABY opens at the Yard Theatre

BUGGY BABY opens at the Yard Theatre

With Sound Design by Giles Thomas, BUGGY BABY opened at the Yard Theatre in a production directed by Ned Bennett.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

Giles Thomas and Jess Bernberg max the sound and lights to make Buggy Baby a visceral watch that swings from humour to horror in a flash.”


The Stage ★★★★

There’s so much colour here, and so much noise in Giles Thomas’ sound design; it’s a constant sensory overload, full of looming things that are funny one second and disturbing the next – a baby’s eye view of the world.”

“bizarre, baffling, brilliant”

The Guardian ★★★★

“Like a surreal Harold Pinter play, Josh Azouz’s brilliantly warped fairytale… is very weird and uncomfortably funny.”

“This show is beautifully put together, from Max Johns’s cunningly simple design… to the growing sense of danger evoked by Giles Thomas’s sound design.”

thespyinthestalls ★★★★

“a beautiful elision of the comic and the tragic, the everyday and the fantastical”

“The piece is impeccably designed all round, from the fantastically creative set by Max Johns, which works beautifully with Jess Bernberg’s excellent lighting design, to the ominous sound, composed and designed by Giles Thomas.”

BroadwayWorld UK ★★★★

Theatre Bubble ★★★★

28 February 2018

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES opens at the Royal Exchange

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES opens at the Royal Exchange

THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, by Kendall Feaver is directed by Katy Rudd. It has Sound Designs by MLR’s Giles Thomas.

The Guardian ★★★★

“a funny, heartbreaking, acutely alive play”

“has a sneaky ability to make the audience keep shifting sympathies.”

The Times ★★★★

“This fine, ferocious play is strong meat, sliced cleanly and served raw.”

“Harrowing, humane — and full of hope.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“staged with stark, smartly lit finesse”

“the action bleeds quite naturally between domestic and institutional interiors and from everyday naturalism into expressionistic frenzies, this piece is powered by anger”

The Stage ★★★★

“balances humour with moments of emotional acuity”

“Funny, insightful and touching”

20 July 2017

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on DISCO PIGS at Trafalgar Studios

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on DISCO PIGS at Trafalgar Studios

John Haidar directs Enda Walsh’s two hander 20 years after it was first performed. Running at Trafalgar Studios until 19th August.

British Theatre Guide ★★★★

“hugely enjoyable and energetic”

“a high octane and loving production”

“Giles Thomas’s blistering 90’s club soundtrack dance with the actors, part rave and part play”

“a true genius and a worthy revival” 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“brought to full-blooded life in this production”

“Go see it.”

The Upcoming ★★★★ 

“A special hand must also go to the lighting and sound design of Elliot Griggs and Giles Thomas for producing a classic big night out without any real visual aids.”

“balances the buzz of youthful daring with a shot of emotional nostalgia.” 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“as sharp and relevant as ever” 

“exhilarating revival of a lively, inventive and moving play.” 

16 June 2017

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

THE UGLY ONE opens at the Park Theatre

Roy Alexander Weise directs Marius Von Mayenburg’s comedy, with Lighting Design by Amy Mae and Sound Design by Giles Thomas. The show has been nominated for 'Best Production' in the Off West End Theatre Awards and runs until the 24th June. 

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“the direction from Roy Alexander Weise, 2016 winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award, is precise in how it mines the script for smart humour.”

“The Ugly One is a definite success, with genuine performances complimented by superb direction”

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“a great night of theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise with humour and gusto this production is a masterclass in snappy creative direction”

“This is biting dark satire directed with real comedic precision that asks relevant questions about the importance of being beautiful.”  

Camden New Journal 

“Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the 2016 James Menzies-Kitchin Award, directs with panache.”

The Upcoming

“there are moments of striking originality under Roy Alexander Weise’s direction”

08 May 2017

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas are Lighting and Sound Designers on HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT at the Royal

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas are Lighting and Sound Designers on HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT at the Royal

Winner of the Judges’ Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwrighting, this new play by Alan Harris is directed by Liz Stephenson. Playing at the Royal Exchange until 13th May, then the Sherman Theatre from the 16th May – 27th May and finally at Theatre By The Lake from 31st May – 24th June. 


The Stage ★★★★ 

“A quirky, relevant, optimistic humanising play about the socially unseen”


The Guardian ★★★★

“burns brightly”

24 February 2017

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on OTHELLO at the Tobacco Factory.

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on OTHELLO at the Tobacco Factory.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres present this modern production, directed by Richard Twyman, playing in Bristol until 1st April. 

The Guardian ★★★★


The Stage ★★★★ 

“Articulate, dynamic and thrilling modern dress production of Shakespeare's cruellest play” 

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“wonderful production” 

“a rich night of theatre with an ending that even after 400 years blindsides you and argues persuasively that Othello may be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy.” 

Broadway World ★★★★

“fresh, vibrant and relevant”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement strip lighting.” 

 The Gazette

“stylish production” 

“The addition of rock music and contemporary choreography and costumes bring an added dimension to the production”

17 January 2017

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Court

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Court

Katherine Soper’s debut play, which won the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, plays at the Royal Court until 11th February, following a run at Manchester Royal Exchange last year.

The Independent ★★★★

“beautifully compassionate, tender and at times gently humorous”

“eloquent production” 

“arouses due political indignation. A heartening debut.”


“Ciaran Cunningham’s lighting and Giles Thomas’s sound design do a great job of lifting the play above kitchen sink grimness by adding warmth and energy” 

Time Out ★★★★

“a wonderful, human play.”

“Stylishly directed by Matthew Xia, ‘Wish List’ is further freed from kitchen sink drabness by Giles Thomas’s pulsing sound design and Ana Ines Jabares-Pita’s superb conveyor belt set.”

“feels celebratory of humanity - society may be fucked, but people are still decent.”

British ★★★★ 

Financial Times ★★★★

The Upcoming ★★★★

“a quiet, tender and often funny exploration of a familial bond that cannot be broken and a work/home split that can barely be reconciled." 

The London Economic ★★★★ 

30 September 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer & Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Exchange

Giles Thomas is Composer & Sound Designer on WISH LIST at the Royal Exchange

Winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Katherine Soper’s debut play is directed by Exchange Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia and is a collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre. Playing in Manchester until 15th October.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“its emotional impact, in Matthew Xia’s fine production, is devastating.”

“a quietly essential and moving play”

The Stage ★★★★

“heartfelt and heartrending” 

“compassionate, funny and quietly troubling” 

British Theatre Guide

“Special mention must go to Giles Thomas’s sound design, too, which does great work evoking the worlds of the play, both external and internal.”

North West End ★★★★★

“utterly perfect” 


What’s On Stage

“Giles Thomas's sound design queasily evokes the race to meet targets and the throbbing tension of a life in which something, somewhere, has to give.”

01 July 2016

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas open CONTRACTIONS at Sheffield Theatres

Joshua Pharo and Giles Thomas open CONTRACTIONS at Sheffield Theatres

Mike Bartlett’s two-hander receives its regional premiere in the Crucible Lyceum Studio, starring Rose Leslie and Sara Stewart. With Lighting by Joshua Pharo and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas, CONTRACTIONS runs until 16th July.

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“impeccably paced production”

“black humour prevails and laughter and horrified fascination are conjoined.”

The Times ★★★★


“nigh on perfect” 

“an illuminated desk in the middle of a circle that is reflected, above, by a circularly lit ceiling.”

The Stage ★★★★ 

“disquieting, completely focused intensity”

“A gruelling, gripping, brilliantly written two-hander that packs a ferocious punch”  

The Guardian

“a sleek, hi-tech feel”

“a short, sharp shocker”

“outrageously funny”

Exeunt Magazine

“claustrophobic strip lighting.”

“The tension is expertly ramped up”

“Giles Thomas’s naggingly insistent score in between the interviews all just seem to amp up the intensity.”  


“an intense and painful, deeply thought-provoking piece of work.”

18 April 2016

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE at The Arcola

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SUGAR-COATED BULLETS OF THE BOURGEOISIE at The Arcola

Award-winning playwright Anders and HighTide director Steven Atkinson reunite for a breathtaking story about modern China and the makings of a superpower. Playing at the Arcola until 30th April, and plays as part of the Hightide Festival in September.

A Younger Theatre 

“There is a sound world created, and I mean world. Giles Thomas’s sound isn’t an undercurrent presence; it is in and of itself, as integral as the set and actors. It transports the audience from world to world, generation to generation, transcending moods as it goes.” 

Guardian ★★★★


“sharp and funny” 

“a big, ambitious, thought-provoking play that is given a fiercely lucid production”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Lustgarten and his director Steven Atkinson ace it.”

“this play will remain relevant for a long time to come.”   

Everything Theatre ★★★★ 

“a sweet and sour plunge into the recent history of this fascinating yet misconceived civilisation.”

“Lustgarten hits the nail on the head and has created a piece that is both enjoyable and enlightening.”

The Stage 

“brings satisfying, flesh-and-blood humanity to the ordinary protagonists of the Chinese state.”

“Fresh and often very funny” 

Financial Times

“thoughtful and engaging”

07 March 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on I SEE YOU at the Royal Court

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on I SEE YOU at the Royal Court

Written by Mongiwekhaya, I SEE YOU is presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project, and plays at the Royal Court until the 26th of March before heading to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Olivier-nominated Actress Noma Dumezweni makes her directorial debut.

Financial Times ★★★★

“proves a gripping, troubling evening.” 

“throbbing music add to the simmering unease of this fine, tense staging”

The Stage ★★★★

“Intelligent and gripping” 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“a classy production of a punchy piece”

“the piece is infused with the mounting tension of a thriller”

Gay Times 

“has all the tension and surprise of a thriller, but never lacking in bold commentary and cultural reflection.” 

The South African

“provocative, radical, ambitious and hugely absorbing" 

“drama of the highest order”  

The Guardian 

“gripping and beautifully acted”

02 February 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on YEN at the Royal Court.

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on YEN at the Royal Court.

Anna Jordan’s award winning play transfers to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs until the 13th of Feb after a celebrated run at the Royal Exchange in Manchester last year. 

British ★★★★★

“hugely important.” 

“a bruising piece of theatre that delivers a huge punch of perspective.”

The Londonist ★★★★

“a masterclass in the vivid and the visceral.”

The Stage ★★★★

“when it hits, it hits hard.” 

The Independent ★★★★ 

“terrifying, witty, and compassionate”

“splendid production is keenly alive to the flashes of bleak humour, the sense of impending violence, and the tragedy of desperate emotional denial and inarticulacy.”

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Ned Bennett’s production, aside from the puzzling omission of a crucial scene, faultlessly captures the play’s mix of violence and virtue and is acted with absolute conviction”

The Financial Times ★★★★

The Arts Desk ★★★★


19 January 2016

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on THIS WILL END BADLY at Southwark Playhouse

Giles Thomas is Composer and Sound Designer on THIS WILL END BADLY at Southwark Playhouse

Rob Hayes’ one-man dark comedy, directed by Clive Judd, plays at Southwark Playhouse until the 6th of February after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival.

The Stage ★★★★

“a gripping and often genuinely unsettling piece of theatre.”

What's On Stage ★★★★

“forceful, riveting"

Arts Desk ★★★★

“vivid language, harsh humour and fury of delivery in Ben Whybrow’s exceptionally winning performance.”

A Younger Theatre

“ thoroughly entertaining and deserves to be seen.” 

“takes the audience on an intense and exciting journey.”

02 December 2015

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on THE SNOW QUEEN at Northampton

In a co-production with Southampton Nuffield, Georgia Pritchett’s world premiere of THE SNOW QUEEN is directed by Gary Sefton and plays at Northampton  Royal until 3rd of January. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“incidental music, coupled with Giles Thomas's haunting soundscape, is highly atmospheric – one might even say chilling.”

“a festive treat”

Northampton Chronicle

“Music, choreography and imaginative puppeteering are all part of the magic and the show’s ending is so sweet that it seemed to send everyone out with a big smile.”

Northampton News 

“good use of sound suggests creaking edifices of ice”

Broadway World

"in combination with the lighting and sound effects it was really effective"

16 November 2015

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on SPARKS at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Giles Thomas is Sound Designer on SPARKS at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Simon Longman’s brand new play, directed by Clive Judd, runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington until 5th December 

Time Out ★★★★

“a beautifully low-key family drama that purrs with feeling.”

“Giles Thomas’s tingling sound design pulse in response.”

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Reunited with designer Jemima Robinson and sound designer Giles Thomas from Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Judd lifts the play by creating an increasingly dreamlike stillness out of their encounter.”

“A funny, dreamlike, but also achingly sad, new play about loss, hurt and the ties that bind us”  

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“spellbound from start to finish.”