2015 Linbury Prize winners announced

Posted on 08 Tue 12 2015

The winner of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design has been announced as Grace Smart, whose winning design for Saint Joan will be produced at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast next year.

The twelve finalists have been given the opportunity to work with four production companies, and four of the twelve have won a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies:

Camilla Clarke (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), who will design Human Animals at the Royal Court Theatre, London.       
Jen McGinley (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), who will design Autumn at the Traverse, Edinburgh
Grace Smart (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), who will design Saint Joan at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Philippa Brocklehurst (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) who will design A Passage to India at the Nuffield, Southampton.

In conjunction with the British Council a further winner, Minglu Wang (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), will design a production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale in Ukraine in 2016.

Congratulations to Grace, Camilla, Jen, Philippa, and all this year's finalists. You can see their work in an exhibition at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Lounge until 3 January.


2013 Awards ceremony at the National Theatre
2013 awards ceremony at the National Theatre

Madeleine Girling, photo by Sheila Burnett
2013 Winner, Madeleine Girling

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The twelve finalists will work on a design brief on an upcoming production from one of the four commissioning companies and exhibit their designs at the National Theatre. Four will win a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies, and one designer will be awarded the overall winner's title.

Twelve finalists for the Linbury Prize have been chosen and will soon be announced. Three designers will work with each of the following companies: Octagon Theatre Bolton, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Leeds Playhouse, to create a design for an upcoming production.

Candidates for the Linbury Prize can start submitting their portfolios from Wednesday 1 May. Deadline for submissions is Monday 1 Jul 2019.


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