Rory was recently 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, Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera.

Previous productions include: Summer Holiday (Octagon Theatre); Così fan Tutte (Opera Holland Park); Lovely Ugly City (Almeida Theatre); 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); The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, Radamisto, Dido and Aeneas (all English Touring Opera); 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 (Company Three); Fame!, Rent, Legally Blonde, Cats (Albany Theatre, Coventry); The Tempest (Scottish Youth Theatre); Così fan Tutte (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Tell Us Who We Are (Y-Dance/Scottish Youth Theatre).

Future designs include: Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Octagon Theatre); Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College of Music); Macbeth, Idomeneo, Elizabeth I (English Touring Opera).

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

Once real-life night fell, he conjured some spellbinding exterior effects
— WhatsOnStage, "Così fan Tutte" (Opera Holland Park)
It helps that the staging looks so beautiful: Rory Beaton’s subtle lighting casts an alluring glow...
— The Telegraph, "Radamisto"
...a mixture of restraint and drama [...] Rory Beaton’s chiaroscuro lighting...
— The Times, "Dido and Aeneas"
Light-hearted and colourful… throbbing with neon lights
— The Stage, "Dishoom!"
..Beaton’s lighting design... delicately accentuates the romantic atmosphere...
— Plays To See, "Così fan Tutte" (Opera Holland Park)