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The Linbury Prize is the UK's most prestigious award for Stage Design.

A unique opportunity for graduating designers, the Prize offers twelve finalists the chance to work with some of the UK's leading theatre, opera and dance companies.

Application details for the 2017 Prize will be posted on this website soon - register to be informed when they become available.

Four winners will be selected, each of whom will gain a professional commission and win a cash prize.

Read about one winner's experience of Linbury Prize, from application to announcement.


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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:

Venue: National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX in the Duffield Studio (enter via Dorfman Theatre foyer)

This event is aimed at stage design final year students, interested in designing for theatre, dance and opera, who are eligible to apply for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017.

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.


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