The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 29, 2020 at V&A London

Martin Johns

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Martin started his career at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and became Head of Design for the Tyneside Theatre Company, York Theatre Royal and the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. During the latter period he designed the set for the West End production of "Me and My Girl" at the Adelphi Theatre and subsequently Broadway, Japan, Australia, South Africa and the British and American tours. The design was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award in America.
Other West End shows include: "Masterclass" (Old Vic and Wyndhams); "Passion Play" (Wyndhams); "West Side Story" (Her Majesty's); "The Hired Man" (Astoria); "The Entertainer" (Shaftesbury Theatre); "Brigadoon" (Victoria Palace); "A piece of My Mind" (Apollo Theatre); "The Secret Lives of Cartoons" (Aldwych); "Rolls Royce" (Shaftesbury); "Let the Good Stones Roll" (Ambassadors); "Mack and Mabel" (Piccadilly); and the set for "The Romans in Britain" (National Theatre).

Recent designs include: "A Different Way Home" and "The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari" (Watford Palace Theatre); "Breaking the Code" (Chester Gateway Theatre); and a re-design of the Kirby Gallery for the Senhouse Museum, Maryport.

Martin designed the 1998 Century Theatre season in Keswick and the models for these shows were shown at the Royal College of Art in the Time+Space Exhibition of British Theatre Design. He is now Resident Designer for the new Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.