The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Neil Murray

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  • Wings of Desire


Neil is Associate Director and Designer at Northern Stage. Since 1992 his directing credits with the company include "The Threepenny Opera","Carmen","They Shoot Horses Don't They?","Therese Raquin","The Tiger's Bride","The Bloody Chamber","Pandora's Box"(with Emma Rice),"Great Expectations","Kaput", "Cinzano and Smirnova's Birthday", "The Swan" and numerous Christmas shows including "The Snow Queen","Beauty and the Beast","Grimm Tales" and "The Little Prince".

He has also designed most of the company's other work, including "Wings of Desire", "Pandora's Box", "Blood Wedding", "A Clockwork Orange", "The Ballroom of Romance", "Animal Farm", "1984", "The Black Eyed Roses", "Romeo and Juliet", "Twelfth Night", "Edmund", "Not I", "The Dumb Waiter" and "Homage to Catalonia". His design for "Homage to Catalonia", (a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Teatre Romea,Barcelona and MC Bobigny '93,Paris) was selected for inclusion in the UK exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial 2007.
He continues to work with other companies. Recent work includes designs for "1001 Nights Now" and "Wings of Desire" for Betty Nansen Theatre,Copenhagen; "Laurel and Hardy","Mrs Warren's Profession","Vanity Fair","Mary Rose","Copenhagen"and "Confessions of a Justified Sinner" for Royal Lyceum,Edinburgh; "Maeternal" for BalletLORENT; "Like Water for Chocolate" for Theatre sans Fronteirs; the realisation of Tilda Swinton and John Byrne's installation "Belsayland" which formed part of "Picture House" at Belsay Hall; "Tutti Frutti" for National Theatre Scotland; "Brief Encounter" for Kneehigh at Cinema Haymarket,London,UK/USA tours and "A Tender Thing" for the RSC.
In 2008 he won the Evening Standard award for Best Design and was nominated for the award for Best Design - both for "Brief Encounter". In 2009 he won the Critic's Circle award for Best Design and was nominated for the Olivier award for Best Design - both for "Brief Encounter".