Ben Jacobs | Lighting Designer
Theatre, Dance, Opera

Carmen 1808 - Union Theatre


Carmen 1808

Union Theatre

Directed by Phil Wilmott

Designed by Justin Williams & Jonny Rust

Costumes by Penn O'Gara



This original musical will adapt the plot, score and characters of Bizet’s opera Carmen to tell a new love story set amidst events in Francesco Goya’s paintings of the Dos de Mayo Uprising in 1808. Gypsy freedom-fighter, Carmen, is adept at seducing low-ranking enemy soldiers to learn military secrets during Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and relaying them to the student resistance. She takes great pride in never falling in love herself but as she attempts to trick an officer, revolution, treachery and violence grip the city and they are plunged into a passionate, destructive romance.


"The lighting and multi-levelled stage, designed by Justin Willians, Jonny Rust and Ben Jacobs, was very powerful. The use of smoke and subtle shifts in the lighting created a very atmospheric auditorium." - London Theatre 1

"Artful lighting from Ben Jacobs" - Reviews Hub


Photo Credit: Scott Rylander