Rob Summers – Sound Design

Rob started his career on CATS at The New London Theatre before moving to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane to open Miss Saigon.

His sound design credits include  The Stripper (Hornchurch Theatre), The Sound of Music (QNCC Theatre, Doha), The Sound of Music (Jordan), Tommy Steele, In Concert (UK Tour), Michael Barrymore’s Laid Back Tour (UK Tour), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, (UK Tour) and Spirit of the Dance (World Tour).

As Production Crew: Stephen Ward (London), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Savoy Theatre), Rock of Ages (Shaftsbury Theatre), War Horse (UK Tour), Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre, London), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Million Dollar Quartet (Noel Coward Theatre), All New People (London), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Shrek (UK Tour), CATS (UK Tour), The Hired Man (St James Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (The Old Vic), Sleeping Beauty (UK Tour), South Pacific (UK Tour), Play Without Words (UK Tour), Nutcracker (UK Tour), Evita (UK Tour), The Lion King (UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftsbury Theatre), Witches of Eastwick (UK Tour), Spring Awakening (London), Spamalot (Palace Theatre, London), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Buddy (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (UK Tour), Scrooge (UK Tour) and Re-Arranged (Trafalgar Studios, London).

As Head Of Sound: TriOperas (Peacock Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Wimbledon), Sleeping Beauty Panto (Woking), American Idiot (The Arts Theatre/UK Tour, Singin’ in the Rain (Killworth House), CBeebies Christmas Show, Peter Pan (BBC, 2014), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), War Horse (New London Theatre), Mamma Mia (International Tour), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre, London), Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre, London), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), The King and I (The London Palladium), Fiddler on the Roof (The London Palladium), Spirit of the Dance (World Tour), Annie (UK Tour), Joseph (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Grease (UK Tour), Summer Holiday (Blackpool & UK Tour), Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre), Tommy Steele, What a Show (UK Tour), Pickwick (UK Tour), Scrooge (UK Tour), Carmen Jones (UK Tour), Jekyll (Bromley), Re-Arranged (Trafalgar Studios, London) Buddy (UK Tour) and Barnum (UK Tour).

Love to his two daughters Esme and Cora and his amazing fiancée Carolyn Maitland who has just finished playing Grace Farrell in Annie the Musical.


In 2014 I was lost. I hated sound and 95% of the sound industry hated me.

I was cocky (still am a little bit) and thought I was owed something because of the amount of experience I had.

I was applying for every new West End Musical but wasn’t even getting an interview and I put it down to the fact that I was over qualified and charged too much.

The real reason was because I wasn’t as good as I thought I was and was hard work.

That’s when I saw a post in the Audio Cartel from a sound designer I didn’t know.

I thought if he didn’t know me I would have a better chance of getting the job, so I sent him a message.

It read:

I just saw your post in the Cartel and wondered if you are looking for a new person getting into sound or a older gentleman with a little bit of experience. I’ve been looking to get back into mixing for a few months now and would love to do something like this.

Let me know if it’s worth sending over my CV.


That message was the start of a great friendship.

I want to thank Mr Chris Whybrow for giving that older gentleman a chance, because he has made me fall in love with sound all over again.

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