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Simon Kenny

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Biography

Simon is a UK based set and costume designer working in theatre, opera and live performance. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Current work includes the West End transfer of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET from the oldest pie and mash shop in London to a purpose built pop-up pie shop on Shaftesbury Avenue (for Tooting Arts Club); a major new national touring production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER for Theatre Royal Bath; THE LIGHT OF HEART at Clwyd Theatr Cymru; a new UK tour of Ayckbourn’s ABSENT FRENDS; and BORDER FORCE, a major new event for Duckie.

His recent designs for theatre include GHOSTS at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare’s Globe; IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY (St James/Ustinov); VENUS IN FUR, THE COLLECTOR (English Theatre Frankfurt); two American Seasons at the Ustinov Studio, including 4000 MILES (also The Print Room), FIFTY WORDS (also Arcola), and RED LIGHT WINTER; SLEUTH (Watermill); ISLAND at the National Theatre and touring around schools in London.

Other theatre credits include the twentieth anniversary production of SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME and the first major London revivals of Eighteenth Century hit THE BELLE'S STRATAGEM, at Southwark Playhouse; the regional premiere of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play THE MOUNTAINTOP for Derby LIVE; new adaptations of the award-winning children’s novels THE MACHINE GUNNERS (Polka Theatre) and HOLES (New Wimbledon Studio); THERE'S ONLY ONE WAYNE MATTHEWS (Sheffield Crucible Studio); PEDESTRIAN, a new play for one man and a goldfish at Bristol Old Vic and on tour; TALES FROM THE BAR OF LOST SOULS, a British Council project with imitating the dog and the National Theatre of Greece; and as Associate Designer, DOUBLE FEATURE - a season of four new plays in a bespoke pop-up venue in the National Theatre Paintframe.

Opera includes two solo pieces for McCaldin Arts/Tȇte à Tȇte - VIVIENNE (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio), about TS Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, and A VOICE OF ONE DELIGHT (Riverside Studios), based on the writings of Percy and Mary Shelley; THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, THE PRODIGAL SON, HÁRY JÁNOS and ORLANDO, all for Ryedale Festival; ALBERT HERRING (Surrey Opera); and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (London Palladium and UK tour).

He works regularly with drama and theatre production students; recent projects include ANGELS IN AMERICA, WOYZECK, MACHINAL (Central School of Speech and Drama); WOMEN OF TWILIGHT, THE WORKROOM (RADA); LEGALLY BLONDE, EVITA, OUR TOWN, ROBERTO ZUCCO (Arts Ed); a promenade production of WATERSHIP DOWN (Oxford School of Drama at the Botanic Garden, Oxford); and a series of devised projects for Creative Partnerships.