Linbury Prize Design Festival

Posted on 23 Fri 10 2015

To tie in with this year's Linbury Prize, there is a festival of design events hosted at the National Theatre, Theatre Design - Stages of Creation.

There's an overview of the events below - click on the titles for more information and to book.

Workshop: Creative Design and Wig-making for Theatre 
Tuesday 1 December, 1 – 6pm 
Create a dramatic piece of wig design on a grand scale.

Putting it into Practice – Theatre Design Day
Monday 7 December, 11am – 3.30pm 
A day of talks and discussion on various aspects of theatre design at the NT and elsewhere.

Talk: Designing
Tuesday 8 December, 3.30-5pm

Meet the designers responsible for creating the world of - Rae Smith (Set Design), Katrina Lindsay (Costume Design) and Lysander Ashton of 59 Productions (Projections).

Wednesday 9 December, 5 – 6.30pm
As a theatre designer what should sustainability mean to your practice?
Portfolio Advisory Day 
Wednesday 2 December, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Bring your portfolio and meet with representatives from the performing arts industry including designers, directors, and production managers.
To book, and for more information about the time slots throughout the day, please email 
Talk: Beyond the Linbury Prize
Thursday 10 December, 5.30-6.30pm
Meet the Linbury Prize winners from 2013 to hear about their experiences as finalists and of going on to realise their winning designs.
(Booking details to follow)
Talk: Jocelyn Herbert Archive talk 
Friday 11 December, 4-5.30pm
Designer, Sophie Jump, presents an illustrated talk of the work of Jocelyn Herbert through her Archive.
(Booking details to follow)

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

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

Latest News


Leeds Playhouse are opening their new production of Dr Korczaks Example by David Greig. The production is directed by James Brining and is designed by Linbury Prize Winner Rose Revitt. 

Rose has written a brilliant piece for what’s on stage and was featured on an interview on Entertainmemt Focus about the stage design.







This year’s overall winner of the Linbury Prize is Sami Fendall, who will be designing a newly commissioned dance work as part of Ballet Now for Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Also announced were three other winners Zoe Hurwitz designing ACID for Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Rose Revitt designing Dr Korczak’s Example for Leeds Playhouse and TK Hay designing An Adventure for Octagon Theatre Bolton.

2019 marks 30 years since the Linbury Prize was first held at the National Theatre. The first exhibition for emerging designers took place in 1987 at the Theatre Museum, arranged by Anya Sainsbury. In 1989 the first Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design was held at the NT and the Prize is still held here today.  Over the 30 years, more than 1,200 young designers have entered the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.