Chris Whybrow - Sound Designer

“Rob, who has consistently proven himself as one of my top choices of operators. Throughout our numerous collaborations, Rob has demonstrated an exceptional level of technical knowledge, coupled with an acute sense of auditory precision. His ability to mix a perfect show and maintain that high standard throughout is unparalleled.

Rob's experience is second to none. His expertise in fault finding and sound mixing is superb, ensuring that any issues are swiftly and effectively resolved. This has been invaluable in delivering seamless performances. We have worked together on a range of productions, including American Idiot, Singing in the Rain, and Our House. In each case, Rob's contributions have been integral to the success of the show.

 Furthermore, Rob's leadership within the department has been exemplary. He manages his team with professionalism and insight, fostering an environment where technical excellence thrives. His commitment to the craft and ability to lead by example has made a significant impact on our productions.

In summary, Rob is an outstanding operator with a wealth of technical knowledge and a great set of ears. His fault finding and mixing skills are superb, and his experience is unmatched. I can always rely on him to deliver a flawless performance. I look forward to many more successful collaborations with Rob in the future.“

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Chris Whybrow

Sound Designer

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"Rob is, without a doubt, by far one of the best in his profession. He has proven himself to be excellent at this job whilst maintaining a friendly working relationship with other departments."  

Chris Ma Musical Director

Musical Director

"Rob's experience and passion allows him to deliver only the very best on every project he works on. I can not recommend Rob highly enough for all things theatre sound related."


"On a personal level, Rob has shown a great deal of integrity and has been a delight to work alongside. Amiable and honest, he has never lost his passion for keeping the show at it’s absolute best."

graham hubbard

Resident Director

"His mixing ability is of the highest standard and his knowledge of theatre practices is with out doubt and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done." 

tony gayle sound

Sound Designer

"Rob is regarded as one of the industry’s best Sound Operators and Sound Designers. I would have no hesitation in engaging Rob on my future productions and projects."   

Daniel sparrow


"Rob's ability to deal with ‘difficult’ personalities together with his obvious ability for mixing a large scale production made him an invaluable member of the team."

nick sagar

Sound Designer

"Rob was always concerned with the detail of the design, working hard to balance the clarity and quality of the vocals and music whilst serving the wishes of the director and producers and led the sound team well."

john payton


"Rob Summers is a consistent, solid and dependable Head of Department. I would have no reservation in recommending him to future productions."

Sound Designer

"Rob has very good technical skills combined with a natural flair for mixing music and a solid, practical approach to problem solving. He also shows good skills as a strong team-leader and would be a valuable asset to any production."

brian Buchanan

Sound Designer

"Rob's contribution has been consistently of the highest standard and has helped make this production"

Justin teasdale

Sound Designer

Chris Whybrow

Chris Whybrow Sound Designer was first introduced to the idea of sound designering when he joined the National Youth Theatre working on The Threepenny Opera and Immaculate Conceit (The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith). Chris is very well respected within the sound industry and has worked with many well-known bands and artists over the years. He has also worked with Orchestras such as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

Chris Whybrow Sound Designer Career

Chris Whybrow has worked extensively throughout the world, his sound design credits include:

American Idiot (Arts Theatre, London & UK Tour) Winner of BWW Award for ‘Best Sound Design’; Madagascar the Musical (UK Tour); The Producers (International Tour); TriOperas (The Peacock Theatre, London); Thriller Live (West End, Worldwide Theatre/Arena Tours); The Wizard of Oz (Blackpool Opera House); Guys & Dolls; Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2018 (Kilworth House Theatre); Knights of the Rose (Arts Theatre, London).

Other sound design credits include:

Our House (UK Tour); Top Hat & Kiss Me Kate (Kilworth House Theatre); Aladdin & Jack and the Beanstalk (New Wimbledon Theatre); Knights of the Rose (Arts Theatre, London); Footloose (UK Tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House Theatre); West Side Story (Kilworth House Theatre); Wonderland (UK Tour); Legally Blonde and Singin’ In The Rain (Kilworth House Theatre); 20th Century Boy The Musical (UK Tours & Coventry, Belgrade); Sleeping Beauty (New Victoria Theatre, Woking); Aladdin & Dick Whittington (Stoke, Regent Theatre); South Pacific & Sister Act (Kilworth House Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury, Waterside); My Fair Lady and Anything Goes (Kilworth House Theatre); Peter Pan (Manchester Opera House); The Sound of Music & Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre); Christmas with the Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (Wyndham’s Theatre, London); Little Shop of Horrors, The Pirates of Penzance & Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House Theatre); The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (The Adelphi Theatre, London)

Other credits include:

British Summer Time, Hyde Park 2017 & 2018; Wildlife Festival 2017; Sentebale, Kensington Palace; UCI
2016 Track Cycling World Championships; BAKU European Games HAA Arena; Opening & Closing Ceremonies Invictus Games 2014; Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Castle; Jaguar XE Car Launch Earls Court; Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; The 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warwick Castle;London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics, Velodrome; A Night At The Opera (UK Tour); Dancing in the Streets (Munich, Scandinavia & UK Tour); Swan Lake on Ice (UK Tour); What a Feeling (UK Tour); Sweet Soul Music (UK Tour); The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (UK Tour); Vega 4 (Ireland & UK Tour); Hybrid (Global Gathering); John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (UK Tour); Glen Campbell (UK Tour); Ricky Gervais Humanity Tour (European Arenas)

    Current & Upcoming Productions

    • BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER - Turbine Theatre
    • THRILLER LIVE – London West End and Worldwide Tours
    • CATS – Kilworth House Theatre

    Chris Whybrow Sound Designer Credits Includes

    • AMERICAN IDIOT – BWW Award for Best Sound Design – UK Tour & Arts Theatre London
    • THRILLER LIVE – West End, Worldwide Arena & Theatre Tours
    • MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – International Tour
    • THE PRODUCERS – International Tour
    • GUYS & DOLLS – Kilworth House Theatre
    • 20TH CENTURY BOY – BWW Award for Best New Musical – UK Tour
    • THE RAT PACK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS – The Wyndham’s Theatre, West End
    • OUR HOUSE – UK Tour
    • TOP HAT – Kilworth House Theatre
    • FOOTLOOSE – UK Tour
    • THE RAT PACK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS – The Adelphi, West End
    • KISS ME KATE – Kilworth House Theatre
    • THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE – Kilworth House Theatre
    • LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL – Kilworth House Theatre
    • WEST SIDE STORY – Kilworth House Theatre
    • THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Blackpool Opera House
    • SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Kilworth House Theatre
    • SISTER ACT – Kilworth House Theatre
    • KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – The Arts Theatre, London
    • SOUTH PACIFIC – Kilworth House Theatre
    • MY FAIR LADY – Kilworth House Theatre
    • ANYTHING GOES – Kilworth House Theatre
    • WONDERLAND – UK Tour
    • CINDERELLA – Manchester Opera House
    • THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Kilworth House Theatre
    • PETER PAN – The Blackpool Opera House
    • ME & MY GIRL – Kilworth House Theatre
    • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Kilworth House Theatre
    • PIRATES OF PENZANCE – Kilworth House Theatre
    • ALADDIN – New Wimbledon Theatre – Qdos Entertainment
    • JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – New Wimbledon Theatre – Qdos Entertainment
    • SLEEPING BEAUTY – New Victoria Theatre – First Family Productions
    • DICK WHITTINGTON – Regent Theatre Stoke – First Family Productions
    • ROBIN HOOD – Regent Theatre Stoke – Qdos Entertainment
    • ALADDIN – Regent Theatre Stoke – Qdos Entertainment
    • PETER PAN – Manchester Opera House – First Family Productions
    • SLEEPING BEAUTY – Aylesbury Waterfront Theatre – First Family Productions

    You can learn more about Tony Gayle Sound Designer, Justin Teasdale Sound Designer or Gareth Owen Sound Designer here