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Nancy Surman

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  • Far From The Madding Crowd
  • Far From The Madding Crowd


Nancy’s recent work includes The Corstorphine Road Nativity (adapted from The Flint Street Nativity by Tim Firth for the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh); The Daughter-in-Law and Dangerous Corner (New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent); an outdoor production of Animal Farm (the old prison yard in Oxford); and Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Oldham Coliseum).

She designed the world premieres of Get Ken Barlow (Watford Palace Theatre); The Swing of Things (Stephan Joseph Theatre, Scarborough) and A Stinging Sea (Glasgow Citizens Theatre). Also the stage premieres of Hanif Kurishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and My Beautiful Laundrette (SNAP Theatre Company).

Her touring work includes major National tours of Dad’s Army and ‘Allo Allo (Calibre Productions); Aspects of Love and Noel and Gertie (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage); a Far East tour of Noel Coward’s Private Lives; and tours of The Road to Hell and Johnny Watkins Walks on Water (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).

Other productions include designs for Indian Ink, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waters of the Moon, The Duchess of Malfi, The Rivals and The Winter’s Tale (Salisbury Playhouse); The Accrington Pals (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Private Lives (Bolton Octagon) and The Final Appearance of Miss Mamie Stuart (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven).

Nancy designed Maxim Gorky’s Barbarians (Salisbury Playhouse) for which she was nominated for the TMA best designer award 2003.