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Young Designers Set for Success at the National Theatre (UK)

23 October 2007, London: The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design, the national search for the country’s most talented young stage designers, culminates in a two month long exhibition at the National Theatre, it was announced today. Four winners will go on to share around £66,000 in prize money and a production commission.

  • Exhibition Dates: 10 November 2007 — 5 January 2008
  • Private View: Wednesday 15 November 2007 1800hrs — 2000hrs
  • Winners Announcement: Wednesday 15 November 1830hrs

This year the prize celebrates 20 years of discovering, supporting and promoting young stage designers, many of whom have gone on to become internationally recognised in their field and receiving numerous awards. These include Tim Hatley, winner of an Olivier award and a Tony for Humble Boy and Private Lives; Anthony Ward, designer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, My Fair Lady and Rupert Goold’s Macbeth; Vicki Mortimer, designer for Closer and Jumpers for The National Theatre and currently working on Much Ado about Nothing; Es Devlin, designer for ENO’s current production of Carmen and Kanye West’s recent US Tour and Adam Wiltshire whose work has twice been used by Royal Ballet choreographer Alastair Marriott at the Royal Opera House.

The Linbury Biennial Exhibition at The National Theatre showcases the work of 12 young stage designers chosen from over 100 applicants to the competition. Since July they have been working with four of some of the UK’s leading theatre and opera companies preparing their models and designs for forthcoming productions. The four Linbury Prize winners will be announced on 15 November and will receive a commission to realise their designs on stage, as well as a generous financial reward. This year the participating companies are Headlong, Tricycle Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and The Opera Group.

The National Theatre exhibition attracts leading figures from the theatre industry looking for new stage design talent making it an extraordinary opportunity for exposure and recognition at an early stage in the designers’ careers. Many previous finalists have gone on to win commissions from contacts made at the exhibition, and to forge highly successful careers, some receiving major awards for their work in stage design.  These include Anthony Ward, Vicki Mortimer and Colin Richmond.

Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director, National Theatre, said: “It is always an enormous pleasure to host the Linbury Biennial exhibition and I look forward with excitement to seeing what the new generation of stage designers are up to. The Linbury Biennial has consistently discovered and encouraged the best young designers and has become absolutely indispensable to the future of British theatre, opera and dance”.

The Linbury Biennial, founded in 1987 by Anya Sainsbury, is the only prize of its kind and gives recently graduated stage designers an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional theatre companies and collaborate with writers, directors, choreographers and technical teams at a crucial stage in their careers.

Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design Platform

13 December, 6pm (45 minutes), Cottesloe £3.50/£2.50
A discussion featuring contributions from major figures from the world of theatre design to coincide with this unique award and exhibition.

Tickets: 020 7452 3000 / http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk


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