Award-winning designer Rob Howell gave a fascinating Masterclass on stage design and brought along the model box for his design for Venus in Fur, playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

There was an opportunity to ask questions.

About Rob

Rob Howell’s work in theatre includes The Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Battle Royal and Howard Katz for the National Theatre; Matilda the Musical (also West End, Broadway, Australia and US Tour), The Shakespeare Review, The Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, Richard III, and The Family Reunion for the RSC; The Ferryman, Simpatico, Hard Fruit, and Real Classy Affair for the Royal Court; Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa, Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea and Hedda Gabler (also at the Duke of York’s Theatre) for the Almeida; Fathers and Sons. Philadelphia, Here I Come, Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre) and Proof for the Donmar; Stephen Ward, Deathtrap, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Private Lives, Tom & Clem, Tell Me On A Sunday, The Caretaker and Our House in the West End; Ghost the Musical in Manchester, the West End and Broadway; The Graduate in the West End, Australia and on Broadway; Sunset Boulevard on UK Tour; True West at the Circle in the Square, New York; Wild Honey, and Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (and in the West End) at Hampstead Theatre; Betrayal at the Theatre D'atelier, Paris, and on Broadway; Simply Heavenly at the Young Vic; Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Bristol Old Vic; Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Julius Caesar at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Eddie Izzard tours in 1998 and 2000; Endgame at the Albery Theatre, Bash at the Trafalgar Studios, Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and Broadway, Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Toronto; Groundhog Day (also on Broadway), The Caretaker, The Master Builder; The Lorax; Future Conditional; A Flea In Her Ear, Inherit The Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed the Plow and Complicit at the Old Vic and The Last Cigarette at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios.

Rob’s opera credits include Turn of the Screw for the Welsh National Opera, Sophie's Choice for the Royal Opera House and for The Metropolitan Opera in New York; Carmen, Werther and Manon Lescaut (also for The Festspielhaus, Baden Baden).

Rob has received numerous Olivier and Tony nominations and has been awarded Oliviers for Best Set Designer in the years 2000 and 2006. For Matilda the Musical he won the Olivier award in 2012 as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and Tony awards in 2013.