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Mark Bailey

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Mark Bailey has designed over 150 productions of theatre, opera and ballet in Britain, Europe and North America. His work includes designs for the Royal National Theatre, English National Ballet, Opera North, National Theater of Norway and the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as well as many British Regional Theatres including Plymouth Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep., Nottingham Playhouse and Clwyd Theatr Cymru, where he is an Associate Artist.

Design Credits at Clwyd include: "Equus", "King Lear", "Private Lives", "Present Laughter", "Hay Fever", "Blithe Spirit", "Waiting for Godot", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Alexander Cordell Trilogy".

Other recent work includes "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" in Chicago and sets for "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" for Los Angeles Opera and "The Snow Queen" for English National Ballet.

His many West End credits include: "Legal Fictions", "Rent", "The Importance of Being Earnest" (also Toronto), "The Winslow Boy", "Present Laughter", "Iolanthe", "The Gondoliers", "Rat Pack Confidential", "Which Witch?" (costumes) and "Mack and Mabel".

Other work in Music and Dance includes "Melody on the Move" (English National Ballet), "L'Arlesienne" ENBS, "Varii Capricci" in celebration of Sir Peter Wright's 80th birthday, "Fiddler on the Roof", which won the TMA/Barclays award for Best Musical Production 2002, "The Gondoliers", which won the same award in 2001, "Cabaret" and "Irma La Douce", both also nominated for TMA awards, for the Watermill, Newbury, and "Ariadne Auf Naxos" for Opera de Lausanne and Maggio Musicale Florence, Buxton Festival Triple Bill, "Carmen" ROH Linbury Studio and productions for Almeida Opera.

Mark's designs on tour include "Hadrian VII", "Peace In Our Time", "Entertaining Mr Sloane", "A Judgement in Stone" and "The Rivals". For Television Mark has designed "Broken Lives" (BBC).

Future projects include Madama Butterfly (Nevill Holt 2010 and Grange Park 2012) and Sleeping Beauty (Hong Kong Ballet, 2010).