The Aliens
THE BUSH THEATRE, LONDON
"The song they perform from their back catalogue is full of goofy charm and, as the flashy
public fireworks explode in the sky..."
The Independent
"You could not imagine it all better done than it is. Lucy Osborne's design is another corker,
the music of Terry Davies perfect, and lighting of David Holmes (a great Fourth of July thump
of fireworks) impeccable."
WhatsOnStage
How to be an Other Woman
THE GATE THEATRE, LONDON
"The lighting is low and smoky and the chosen music (as ever at the Gate) is spot on.." MusicOMH
The Chairs
USTINOV, THEATRE ROYAL, BATH
"The design of this production is also a triumph. Garance Marneur litters the set with chairs, suspended from the ceiling with ropes and pullies, which the couple pull down to fill what becomes their arena, their circus ring. David Holmes' lighting and Tom Gibbons' sound design complete the transformation of the set from what is at first a bleak industrial neglect, into the magical playground of the couple's troubled minds." British Theatre Guide
"Garance Marneur's set design and David Holmes' lighting, were important factors in this accomplished production … The flashing lights and dramatic music recall the silent movies favoured by the Theatre of the Absurd, who used anarchic comedy to project the meaningless of man's existence in a universe ruled by chance." This is Wiltshire
Inside
JEAN ABREU DANCE
"Standing in a dim light, wearing only his skin, the dancer on stage is the picture of vulnerability." The Scotsman
"David Holmes's lighting casts the five dancers in a grim dusty glow as they move between ensemble pieces full of menace and aggression, rutting heads and brawling limbs, into more pensive solos. A prisoner basks in light that creates ambiguous shadows of sunshine rays and thick bars on the ground." Edinburgh Evening News
"But the moments when a simple crossing of the space has a shadowy form dragging at a man's heels hint at emotional baggage; of minds and not just bodies being locked down in oppressive darkness." The Herald
"Light filters shiftily in-between the bars of Alan MacDonald's gorgeous, austere set as the five, workwear-clad bodies on stage flick from the chain gang-hobbled conformity of yard drills, through power struggles with no real hierarchy, to the glittering knife-edge of violence." The List
"The set is stark: a black box with the band behind bars. Swirling mist, dim lighting and projected bars provide an unobtrusive but utterly apt backing for the dance and music.." Fringe Review
"The presence of the live band is fantastic, and the lighting possibly the best I have seen on the Fringe." EdFringe.com
"a very powerful [...] lighting design." Broadway Baby
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
NOVELLO THEATRE, LONDON
"The high-ceilinged, brightly-lit set is positively airy." Daily Mail
"[Director, Debbie] Allen has no qualms, with David Holmes' lighting and Richard Brooker's sound, in poeticising key moments" Whats On Stage
Days of Significance
RSC UK TOUR
"The ensemble of sound (Carolyn Downing), lighting (David Holmes), set (Lizzie Clachan), movement (Ayse Tashjkiran) direction (Maria Aberg) and the cast of sixteen made a formidable combination. To view such a company at its peak is a true privilege." Theatre in Wales
"Lizzie Clachan’s imposing set is also complimented wonderfully by a rousing lighting and sound design by David Holmes and Carolyn Downing, which coupled with a superb fight sequence by Malcolm Ranson created one of the most gripping and exciting opening sequences I have seen in the theatre in a long time. " The Public Reviews
After Miss Julie
SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
"Tom Scutt's lovingly detailed set [...] is outstanding and David Holmes' lighting design complements it beautifully." The Stage
"Tom Scutt’s below-stairs kitchen has authenticity stamped on it with meticulous attention to detail. ... David Holmes’ lighting design is paramount to this and perfectly complements. As the morning light filters through the shutters, it is not just the gloom of the kitchen that is slowly unmasked, but is symbolic of Christine’s silent realisation of her doomed relationship and the still glimmer of hope of escape for John. " Salisbury Journal
"With a stunning set and excellent lighting and sound, the technical aspects of this production were hugely accomplished." Southern Daily Echo
"Tom Daley directs this compelling drama which benefits from Tom Scutt's brilliant set design, excellent lighting by David Holmes and sound by Carolyn Downing." This is Wiltshire
Victory: Choices in Reaction
ARCOLA THEATRE, LONDON
"...the cast superb, the staging fast and furious, the bare set mood-evoking with the
imaginative changes of light..."
Blanche Marvin
London Theatre Reviews
Gurrelieder
LONDON PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA AT THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON
"David Holmes devised a miraculously subtle lighting plot that always enhanced the
chiaroscuro of Schoenberg’s astonishing leave-taking from the 19th century."
Sunday Times
"...doubtless Salonen was in agreement that [the lighting] made for a more subdued
atmosphere as he and the Philharmonia unveiled the composer’s diaphanous and
highly sensory soundscape."
The Independent
"Gurrelieder is an interpretative challenge, given the hybrid nature of the score (part-oratorio, part-opera, part-phantasmogoric dreamscape) – lighting, by David Holmes, was used to lift the performance from straightforward concert performance." MusicWeb
Dov and Ali
THEATRE 503, BATTERSEA
"Morgan Large's set design is outstanding, and is seamlessly complimented by
David Holmes' immaculate use of lighting..."
Whatsonstage.com
"Morgan Large's design and David Holmes' light creations help move events
convincingly between the small spaces of bedroom, study and classroom."
musicOMH.com
Othello
SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
"There is a moment in Raz Shaw's engrossing production when Othello seems to suck the last vestige of light out of the day as he contemplates Desdemona's murder that night - and it's breathtakingly powerful.
Shaw has been brilliantly served by his creative team who pile visual imagery on top of the textual references...
David Holmes' imaginative lighting illuminates Hannah Clark's set of a bomb-damaged fortress in 20th-century Cyprus with huge shadows, piercing shards of light and dramatic shifts from light to dark."





The Stage
"This is an excellent production... Hannah Clark, designer, David Holmes, lighting and Carolyn Downing, sound, must take credit for producing an environnment which enhances the production..."
UK Theatre Network
"...aided by David Holmes' atmospheric lighting..." Salisbury Journal
Rope
WATERMILL THEATRE, NEWBURY
"David Holmes’ lighting design is an equal participant setting a disquiet scene of macabre intensity with Lucy Osborne’s design..." The Stage
Ma Vie En Rose
YOUNG VIC, MARIA THEATRE
"...creating the dreamy, half-lit space of Ludovic's interior world. Visually it is a beautifully composed and cohesive piece, achieving striking and eloquent images." Financial Times
"...there are striking moments in Pete Harris' production. It has a pleasant dreamlike feel; the lighting is soft, shadowy figures shift behind translucent doors." musicOMH.com
"...visually beautiful." Southwark News
"The setting by Liz Cooke... when lit from behind provides depth and dimension." roguesandvagabonds.co.uk
Things of Dry Hours
STUDIO, MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE & THE GATE THEATRE, LONDON
"Raz Shaw's beautifully lit production..." The Stage
Cyrano de Bergerac
MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE
"Rae Smith's simple but cold set design recreates war in the round, which, along with David Holmes' brilliant lighting, compliments the piece." Whatsonstage.com
Tomorrow Morning
NEW END THEATRE, HAMPSTEAD
"... Philip Witcomb's effective set, well lit by David Holmes." Whatsonstage.com
The Leningrad Siege
TRON THEATRE GLASGOW, TOURING & WILTON'S MUSIC HALL, LONDON
"Ben Stones... David Holmes... together they have created an evocative, atmospheric set that makes the stage of the Phantom Theatre seem like a ghost itself." The Stage
"...design from Ben Stones, helped by intelligent lighting by David Holmes... evoke the old Phantom Theatre" Whatsonstage.com
"...clever deployment of the theatre setting (Ben Stones), lighting (a huge contribution by David Holmes)..." The British Theatre Guide
"Wiltons Music Hall is always so beautiful and atmospheric, and in this case offers a perfect setting and ambience for The Leningrad Siege, which is further enhanced by a brilliantly opaque lighting design (David Holmes)..." roguesandvagabonds.co.uk
Stallerhof
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
"Maria Aberg's elegant production is rendered visually impressive by a clever lighting scheme..." Evening Standard
"Impressively lit by David Holmes..." Time Out
"...a place of light and shadows... the perfect setting" The Guardian
"The design portrays an earthy, grimy domesticity with stark yet dusty lighting." CurtainUp.com
"...behold the lighting and set design of this play..." Whatsonstage.com
"Life in their barely-lit cottage is harsh..." The British Theatre Guide
A Brief Encounter with Jean Abreu: Fijis
DANCE UMBRELLA AT THE PURCELL ROOM, SOUTH BANK CENTRE
"...dancing on his own at the back, in a single line of white light ... this section was aesthetically pleasing."
"...David Holmes’ lighting added the icing on this spectacular dance cake, an ethereal dimension."
Londondance.com
"The lighting is simple, yet effective, often focusing on the action through various spotlights." Ballet.co
"...an atmospheric lighting design by David Holmes." The Stage
Woman In Mind
SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
"…the blue skies, the fantasy family dressed in sugar pink and pristine white and the rosy glow of sunlight on manicured lawns..." The Stage
"…fine acting, clever lighting and effective stage design work their magic." Blackmore Vale
House and Garden
HARROGATE THEATRE
"Designer Philip Witcomb and lighting designer David Holmes should have the model for their interconnecting sets put on display ... how adept and resourceful they have been." The Stage
L'Orfeo
TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC AT GREENWICH THEATRE
"Pete Harris's breathtaking, gimmick-free staging ... David Holmes' supremely successful lighting, exploring different moods with shifting colours. ... It would be hard to do justice to the intelligence and beauty of this wise, restrained, perceptive production." Opera Now
The Water Engine
YOUNG VIC DIRECT ACTION AT THEATRE 503, BATTERSEA
"David Holmes's lighting design, through an ever-present gossamer gauze of smoke, lends the playing area a sepia tinge – perfect for the period." The Independent
"The set … is a rusty metal cage with only a couple of phones and two crates bathed in moody light." The Times
"Wright creates plenty of atmosphere with … moody lighting and, yes, a hint of Hitchcock." Evening Standard
The Fantasticks
HARROGATE THEATRE
"…David Holmes’s delicious lighting bathes the scene in golds, rose and moonlight. Reviewsgate.com
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
STUDIO, MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE
"Much of its impact is due to David Holmes’ subtle lighting…"
"…a first-rate cast and technical team."
The Stage
"This beautiful production is hard to take your eyes off for a second. The mise en scène is rich with detail and oozes atmosphere. …David Holmes stunning lighting highlights the mixed feelings of despair and youthful abandon." Whatsonstage.com
"David Holmes’ lighting and Andrew Green’s score sustain the atmosphere as Shaw’s expert production moves between time-zones." Reviewsgate.com
Be My Baby
SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE
“Lighting Designer David Holmes sends pools of sunlight to penetrate the gloom…” The Stage
“Like the lighting by David Holmes all is tight and grim, with only occasional flashes of rock and roll to lighten the mood.” Reviewsgate.com
The Mentalists
NORTHCOTT THEATRE, EXETER
“Subtly lit by David Holmes…” The Stage
Twelfth Night
CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE
“David Holmes' approach to lighting was a simple one … it was tremendously effective. Particularly delightful was the ingenious use of lighting in the scene between Malvolio and Feste acting the part of Sir Topas.” Varsity
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
“Under Raz Shaw’s direction and against the beautifully lit timbers of Jaimie Todd’s set…” The Stage
The Difficult Unicorn
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
“…and David Holmes’s imaginative lighting adds just the right touch of mystical sparkle.” The Times
The Secret Rapture
MINERVA THEATRE, CHICHESTER
“Like David Holmes’s patchy lighting…” Evening Standard
“…enhanced by [David Holmes’s] superb lighting…” The Stage
Too Far To Walk
KING'S HEAD THEATRE, ISLINGTON
“…the good ideas from designer Kevin Freeman’s set and David Holmes’s lighting…” The Stage
The Sleeper's Den
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
“…with some understated set and lighting design from Rachel Blues and David Holmes…” Time Out
“The Sleepers Den boasts a fine set (Rachel Blues) and subtle lighting (David Holmes).” The Stage
Antigone
STUDIO, WIMBLEDON THEATRE
“…stunningly lit by David Holmes…” The Borough News
The Curse of Iain Banks
GILDED BALLOON II, EDINBURGH
“…and excellent lighting design from David Holmes.” The Stage
Hospitality & Blue Funk
OLD RED LION, ISLINGTON
“…while David Holmes’s lighting and Chris Keniger’s sound brilliantly evoke hot noisy exteriors.” What's On