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Garance Marneur – Linbury Prize 2007 Winner

Garnace Marneur is the overall winner of the Linbury Prize 2007. She won for designs created for Brecht’s Turandot at Hampstead Theatre. Originally from Chartres, France, Garance graduated this year from Central St Martin with a first class honours degree in Design for Performance. She has already designed work for number of productions and events including an exhibition at Bankside Gallery and a short film, The Shooting, which was screened as part of the East London Short Film Festival in 2006.

Garance Marneur with Lady Anya Sainsbury and Nicholas Hytner.Garance (From Chartres, France) graduated this year from Central St Martin with a first class honours degree in Design for Performance. She has already designed work for number of productions and events including an exhibition at Bankside Gallery and a short film, The Shooting, which was screened as part of the East London Short Film Festival in 2006.

Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre, presented Garance with the award which she won for her designs for Brecht’s Turandot, a forthcoming production at Hampstead Theatre. Hosting the awards ceremony was the prize’s founder Lady Anya Sainsbury; attending were Alastair Spalding, artistic director, Sadler’s Wells; David Lan, artistic director, Young Vic; actors Simon Russell Beale and Sir Donald Sinden; and the artistic directors from this year’s participating companies, Anthony Clark (Hampstead Theatre), John Fulljames (The Opera Group), Rupert Goold (Headlong Theatre) and Nicolas Kent (Tricycle Theatre).

The three runners up were:

Tom Scutt for Headlong Theatre

Rhys Jarman for The Opera Group

Helen Goddard
for the Tricycle Theatre

The Linbury Prize is worth £66,000 in prize money and design commissions which is shared between the four winners and the companies they work with. Designs and models by the four winners and the eight other finalists can be seen at:

Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design Exhibition

Until 5 January 2007
Lyttleton Circle Foyer
National Theatre SE1
Opening Hours: 0930hrs – 2300hrs. Closed Sundays.

Admission free

Twenty Years of Success

The Linbury Biennial Prize celebrates 20 years of success in 2007. The Prize is responsible for uncovering some of the UK’s most well-known stage designers including Tim Hatley, winner of an Olivier award for Humble Boy and a Tony for Private Lives; Vicki Mortimer, designer for Closer, Jumpers and A Matter of Life and Death at the National Theatre; Anthony Ward, designer for Mary Stuart, Macbeth and Glengarry Glen Ross; and Es Devlin who recently worked with Kanye West on his US tour and with director Sally Potter on a ground-breaking production of Carmen at the English National Opera.

It was also announced at the awards ceremony that management and administration of the Prize is soon to be handled by the National Theatre. This follows a long and close relationship between the Linbury Prize and the National Theatre which has hosted the exhibition of designs by the twelve Linbury finalists since 1989. However, the Prize will continue to be artistically independent and will continue to work with theatre, opera and dance companies from around the country, to provide young stage designers with an unparalleled opportunity for development and exposure at a crucial moment in their career.

There are two other opportunities open to designers entering the Linbury Prize:

• The Jocelyn Herbert Award is given by the family of this ground-breaking designer to a Linbury applicant who most epitomises the spirit of Jocelyn’s work. This year Tom Scutt, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is the recipient of the award.

• The Royal Opera House offers two bursaries to applicants each lasting three months, creating an opportunity to become familiar with the creative process of staging opera or dance in a large-scale house.The recipients of these two bursaries will be announced shortly.

Lady Anya Sainsbury, founder and chairman of the LInbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design said: “I am delighted that Garance Marneur has won the overall Linbury prize 2007 as indeed I am for three other winners who will each receive a commission to design a production. We all look forward to seeing the fruit of their labours in the coming year. The standard has been high amongst all the finalists and I wish them successful careers in the future. Working with and for young designers for the past 20 years has been a wonderfully rewarding experience which I hope continues for many years to come.”

Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director, National Theatre said: “The Linbury Biennial is an irreplaceable asset to British stage design. It encourages the most promising young designers by awarding them the most valuable prize of all: the opportunity to work at the highest level. I’m delighted that the National will be more closely involved in years to come.”

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