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 Stage Debut Awards are the only UK awards that specifically recognise breakthrough theatre talent, celebrating emerging actors and creatives from around the country. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on September 23, 2018.

Stage Designers can now register their interest for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2019. Further details will be sent out in due course.

Productions designed by finalists of the prestigious Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been realised at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester in their production in spring 2018 Pieces of String designed by Fin Redshaw. Phoenix Dance Theatre continue to tour throughout 2018 their production Windrush: Movement of the People with design by Eleanor Bull. The design by Basia Binkowska, will feature in the production opening later this year of Othello / Macbeth for the Lyric Hammersmith.


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