Linbury Prize 2017: Finalists announced

Posted on 03 Tue 10 2017

This year the twelve finalists are: Laura Albeck, Emily Bates, Basia Binkowska, Eleanor Bull, Abby Clarke, Dylan Howells, Maxwell Nicholson-Lailey, Sonya Plenefisch, Khadija Raza, Fin Redshaw, Jessica Staton and Jasmine Swan.

The finalists will each get the chance to work with one of the participating companies and four of the twelve will win a commission to realise their designs, with one designer being awarded the overall winner's title.

Khadija Raza, Maxwell Nicholson-Lailey and Sonya Plenefisch will design Dido, a co-production between the Unicorn Theatre and ENO, to be directed by Purni Morell. Basia Binkowska, Jessica Staton and Dylan Howells Othello / Macbeth directed by Jude Christian and Sean Holmes for the Lyric Hammersmith. Jasmine Swan, Laura Albeck and Eleanor Bull will be working on designs for Windrush: Movement of the People choreographed by Sharon Watson for Phoenix Dance Theatre. Emily Bates, Fin Redshaw and Abby Clarke will work on designs for a new musical called Pieces of String by Gus Gowland and directed by Daniel Buckroyd for Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

All twelve designs will feature in an exhibition at the National Theatre from 1 November – 2 January 2018 in the Lyttelton Lounge.


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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