Charles has worked in the UK and internationally designing opera, ballet, drama, musicals and pantomime. He designed the European premières of Sondheim’s Follies and Pacific Overtures.
Internationally Charles has designed ballets and operas including: Giselle (English National Ballet); Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Cavelleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Estonia); Romeo and Juliet (Indianapolis Ballet International); Nabucco, Aida, Don Carlos, The Wall (Rock Ballet), Otello, Der Rosencavalier, Cavelleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Germany); Il Trovatore (Hong Kong Opera); Spartacus (Hong Kong Ballet); Casse–Noisette (Ballet du Capitole, France).
Charles was honoured to have his costumes for Alice in Wonderland exhibited at the National Centre of Costume and Scenography in France.
Recent productions include: Chicago (Pitlochry); Dracula (West Australian Ballet); forthcoming Nutcracker (Germany); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK National Tour).
Other productions include: Hello Dolly (co-design with Phil R Daniels, Germany); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Rigoletto, Carousel, Pinocchio, 39 Steps, West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, A Waltzdream (Austria); Raymonda (Estonia); Alice in Wonderland (Ballet du Capitole, France); Spamalot (Tour in Germany and Switzerland); Glass Menagerie, Cider with Rosie, Cinderella (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre); Kiss Me Kate, Rocky Horror Show (Germany); The Nutcracker (West Australian Ballet).
He was the recipient of the Theatre Management Association Award for Best Designer in 1993 and the Evening News Award for Best Designer in 1986.