An established and successful designer for drama, opera and ballet Michael has collaborated with leading arts companies around the world.
He has been associated with playwright Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for over 20 years where his numerous designs for this author/director include Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, Roundelay, Intimate Exchanges, The Safari Party, Taking Steps, Way Upstream, Man of the Moment and the much praised Othello with Michael Gambon, to name just a few. Michael has long associations with repertory companies and independent producers across the UK.
West End credits include the long-running West End success The Woman in Black; Absurd Person Singular, Whitehall Theatre; The Glory of the Garden, Duke of York’s Theatre; Rough Justice, Apollo Theatre and June Moon, Vaudeville Theatre. He designed Julius Caesar for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the highly successful centennial touring production of Charley’s Aunt.
International credits include Ayckbourn’s Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, Intimate Exchanges and Season’s Greetings New York; Woman in Black, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore and many productions for Den Nationale Scene, Bergen, the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas and the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna; Opera productions include collaborations with the Royal Opera House, Copenhagen; the Avignon Festival, France; the Knokke Opera Festival, Belgium and Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd for Brisbane Festival, Australia;
Michael has over thirty ballet designs to his credit including The Sleeping Beauty, Quartet and Romeo and Juliet for Northern Ballet and Madam Butterfly for the Hong Kong Ballet company.
Michael has also written a number of books on stage and costume design and has published a book on the plays of Alan Ayckbourn.
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