Lez trained at Central School of Art and Design, gaining a degree in Theatre Design. He graduated in 1984 and started his career with his first design for the popular feature film Letter to Brezhnev.
Lez is an Associate Artist of Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures for whom he has designed Highland Fling, the multi-award-winning production of Swan Lake (1999 Toni Award for Best Costume Design and two 1999 Drama Desk Awards for Set and Costume Design); Cinderella (1998 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance), The Car Man, Romeo and Juliet, The Red Shoes, Sleeping Beauty, Edward Scissorhands, Lord of The Flies, Dorian Gray, A Play Without Words, and Cinderella.
In 1999 Lez won the Barclays Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in dance for his designs for Carmen, The Huntchback of Notre Dame, Giselle, Dracula, and A Christmas Carol for Northern Ballet. His other work for NB includes The Brontes, Strange Meeting and Romeo and Juliet.
Other designs for dance include Greymatter (Rambert), Just Scratchin’ the Surface, choreographed for Adam Cooper, and Night Life choreographed by Tim Rushton.
For Scottish Ballet, Lez has designed The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, The Secret Theatre, and Starstruck.
His work in theatre and opera includes Malory Towers (Bristol Old Vic); Merry Wives of Windsor, The Rover, The Empress, Much Ado About Nothing (RSC); Me and My Girl, Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester); Twelfth Night, Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe); Flowers for Mrs Harris, Showboat, Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible); 946 (Kneehigh/Globe Theatre); Oh What A Lovely War (Stratford East/West End), Hysteria (Hampstead Theatre); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Under The Blue Sky (West End); Sister Act (West End/ Worldwide); Women Beware Women, Really Old Like 45 (National Theatre); Hedda Gabler, Design For Living, Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic); Duet For One (Almeida/ West End); My City, Measure For Measure (Almeida); L’Elisir d’Amore (Glyndebourne)
He designed, co-wrote & co-directed Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Adam Cooper (Japan/Sadler’s Wells).
Lez was awarded an Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s New Year Honours 2022 for services to Dance and Theatre.