The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Conor Murphy

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  • The Government Inspector
  • Salome: The Page
  • The Magic Flute


Conor trained at Wimbledon School of Art and completed an MA in scenography in Utrecht.

His opera designs include 'Orphée et Eurydice' for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 'Elektra' for Gothenburg Opera, 'La clemenza di Tito' for Opera North, 'Lohengrin' for Royal Swedish Opera, 'The Turn of the Screw' for Nationale Reisopera, 'The Rake’s Progress' for Angers-Nantes Opéra, 'The Rape of Lucretia' for Opera Vlaanderen, 'Salome' for Opéra National de Montpellier, 'Die Zauberflöte' for Korean National Opera and the world premières of 'Wake' by Klaas de Vries, 'Facing Goya' by Michael Nyman, 'Die Versicherung' by Jan Müller-Wieland and 'The Country of the Blind' by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

He has designed theatre productions for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin ('The Crucible', 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui', 'The Government Inspector', 'Woman and Scarecrow'), for the Bristol Old Vic ('The Birthday Party', 'Juno and the Paycock', 'Madame Bovary'), the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse ('Educating Rita'), the Royal Exchange Theatre ('The Playboy of the Western World', 'Major Barbara') and West Yorkshire Playhouse ('Richard III') amongst others.

His dance designs include 'Tomorrow' and 'Labyrinth of Love' for Rambert and 'The Four Seasons' for Birmingham Royal Ballet.

His work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, at the V&A and at the World Stage Design exhibitions where he was awarded a bronze medal for Exceptional Achievement across all categories in 2013. His designs for 'Orphée et Eurydice' were awarded bronze for Performance Design at WSD2017 in Taipei.