Originally trained as a classical musician, Jon trained in Stage design Motley and was a Linbury Prize finalist in 2000. Since then he has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide. He designed the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London 2012, and has recently been nominated for an Emmy Award for his production design for the Red Bull parkour film featuring the world’s largest pinball machine.
Theatre includes: Bat Out of Hell (London/ Germany/Toronto/New York); Wicked (Stage Entertainment, Hamburg); True West (West End); Spirited Away (Toho, Japan); Oedipus (Tokyo); Tree (Young Vic/Manchester International Festival); The Band - the Take That Musical (West End/UK tour); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic/West End - Best Design UK Theatre Awards); Force Majeure (Donmar); The James Plays (National Theatre/National Theatre Scotland/world tour); Ghost Stories (West End/ Toronto/Moscow); What’s New Pussycat (Birmingham Rep); Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - winner Best Design UK Theatre Awards and Wales Theatre Awards) and You for Me for You (Royal Court).
As an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 season.
His extensive dance collaborations include designs for Rambert, the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House, Norwegian and Finnish National Ballets, Netherlands Dans Theater, and English National Ballet.
Opera design includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rigoletto (Oper Halle); Die Walküre (Bordeaux National Opera); Cendrillon (Glyndebourne); The Knot Garden (Theatre an der Wien); The Lighthouse (Teatro Poliziano, Montepulciano) and Agrippina (Grange Park Opera).
Forthcoming designs include: Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods with Terry Gilliam (Theatre Royal Bath); the fourth part of the James plays, James IV (NTS/ Scottish tour), and the opera Ainadamar (Scottish Opera/ Met Opera, New York).
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