John B. Read was consultant lighting designer to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He is largely responsible for establishing lighting as an integral part of dance presentation. He has worked with many major choreographers, notably Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan, Anthony Tudor, Glen Tetley, Jerome Robbins, Rudolf Nureyev, Anthony Dowell, David Bintley, Natalia Makarova, Ronald Hynde, Christopher Bruce, Wayne Eagling, Ulysses Dove and Ashley Page. Works for Birmingham Royal Ballet include Elite Syncopations, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and La Fin du jour, and, for The Royal Ballet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, Mayerling, Anastasia, Frankenstein, La Bayadère and The Prince of Pagodas. He works regularly with ballet companies throughout Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East. He has lit frequently revived productions for Rambert, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, London City Ballet, English National / London Festival and Scottish Ballet and designs regularly for opera and theatre.