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Mark Bailey

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Mark Bailey has designed over 150 productions of theatre, opera and ballet ranging from the National Theatre, English National Ballet, Opera North, National Theatre of Norway and the Gate Theatre, Dublin, to Cardiff's The Other Room and London's Arcola 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 was an Associate Artist for 18 years.

Recent International work includes "Macbeth", "Hamlet" and "King Lear" at Chicago Shakepeare Theater and sets for "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" for Los Angeles Opera and "The Snow Queen" for English National Ballet, National Ballet of Lithuania, Czech National Ballet and Vienna Staatsballett.

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), "The Sleeping Beauty" (Hong Kong Ballet), "A Time There Was" (Tivoli Ballet Copenhagen), "Nijinsky, God of the Dance" (Slovak 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, "Madama Butterfly" (Nevill Holt 2010 and Grange Park 2012), 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", "The Glenn Miller Story" and "Ghost, the Musical" (also Moscow). For Television Mark has designed "Broken Lives" (BBC).

Future projects include "Chaplin the Tramp" Slovak National Ballet and "The Provok'd Wife" RSC.