Rory is a freelance lighting designer working both in the UK and internationally. In 2018, he was nominated for a Knight of Illumination Award for his work on Così fan Tutte at Opera Holland Park. In 2016, he was awarded the Michael Northen Award by the Association of Lighting Designers.

Rory has worked with companies such as Danish National Opera, The Hampstead Theatre, Wexford Festival Opera, Chichester Festival Theatre, English Touring Opera, The Watermill, Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera.

Previous productions include: Kiss Me, Kate (Watermill); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Summer Holiday (Octagon Theatre); Così fan Tutte, L’arlesiana, Manon Lescaut (Opera Holland Park); Lovely Ugly City (Almeida Theatre); West End Producer - Free Willy! (Cuffe & Taylor); 70 Års Opera (Danish National Opera); Edward II (Arts Theatre, Cambridge); Dishoom! (UK Tour); Dubliners (Opera Theatre Company); Mad Man Sad Woman (Head for Heights); Macbeth, Idomeneo, Elizabeth I, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, Radamisto, Dido and Aeneas (all English Touring Opera); The Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Summer Holiday (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Der Freischütz (Blackheath Halls Community Opera); Betty Blue Eyes, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Trinity Laban); Maklena (UK Tour); Tumble Tuck (King's Head Theatre); Rigoletto, La Scala di Seta, Riders to the Sea, Il Campanello, The Bear (Wexford Festival Opera); Boat, The Best Day Ever (Company Three); Fame!, Rent, Legally Blonde, Cats (Albany Theatre, Coventry); The Tempest (Scottish Youth Theatre); Così fan Tutte (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College of Music); Tell Us Who We Are (Y-Dance/Scottish Youth Theatre).

Future designs include: How Love is Spelt (Southwark); Skylight (UK Tour) and Mysterious Bruises (Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts), amongst others.

Rory is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Lush lighting design by Rory Beaton...
— The Stage, "Kiss Me, Kate!" (Watermill)
Once real-life night fell, he conjured some spellbinding exterior effects
— WhatsOnStage, "Così fan Tutte" (Opera Holland Park)
...a mixture of restraint and drama [...] Rory Beaton’s chiaroscuro lighting...
— The Times, "Dido and Aeneas"
It helps that the staging looks so beautiful: Rory Beaton’s subtle lighting casts an alluring glow...
— The Telegraph, "Radamisto"