Ian started with the Lord Delfont Group, Henry Lenny; The Nolan Sisters; Cannon & Ball and Dick Emery Shows. With over six hundred and fifty operas, musicals, plays and events including Sir Peter Hall’s Blithe Spirit at London’s Savoy Theatre; Michael Flatley’s Feet of Flames world tour; Evita and Chicago in Lebanon’s amphitheatre. Chichester Festival, Birmingham Stage Company, English National Opera. American illusionist David Blaine and the Broadway musical See Saw by Cy Colman. Ian’s music arena tours for Iron Maiden, Robbie Williams; Pete Waterman; West Life; Blur; The Spice Girls; Peter Gabriel; Thomas the Tank Engine and Disney (TV) Corporation; Sony Media and five Royal commissions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II .
UK tours and West End productions of All The Fun of the Fair, Proof, The Horrible Histories; Treasure Island, Pirate’s in the Caribbean. Sangre at The Riverside Studios Qdos Entertainment; all their new productions since 2006. Santa Clause and the Christmas Adventure, Ambassadors Theatre. TVs Misfits, Ellie Goulding on The X-Factor
Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) world arena tour. P&O. Britannia, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Mary and Victoria ships. Ian designed and created the Crystal Diamond and Crown, along with the six meter high National Beacon for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. The first pantomime at The London Palladium in 30 years, awarded best set design by the British Pantomime Awards and two further palladium pantomimes.
The London Palladium
The London Palladium pantomimes were world famous for their big named stars and lavish productions. The Palladium had not seen a Pantomime staged for over thirty years. My brief from Director Michael Harrison was to create a beautiful spectacular show. The scripts and the designs were developed alongside each other, as the cast were booked so the designs changed along with the scripts. We all knew that we had to create the best Christmas show that London had ever seen
Outline designs started in February, and by August we started building & painting which took my team at 3D Creations four and half months to complete. With over 1,500 large costumes and large special flying effects, stage space was at a premium. The show portals were the foundations of the design, they echoed a white fairy tale Victorian Gothic with elements of celestial sky’s.
Teresa Nalton, Hugh Durrant, Mike Coltman
Alan McHugh & David Mc Gillivray
Nick Thomas QDOS