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Es Devlin

Es Devlin Overview

Es Devlin is a multi-award winning international stage designer whose work crosses a wide range of genres including drama, dance, opera and pop.

She studied English Literature at Bristol University, Fine Art Foundation at Central St Martins and Stage Design at the Motley Theatre Design Course.

Es's recent designs include Kanye West Yeezus (Arena Tour), Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House), Miley Cyrus Bangerz (Arena Tour), The Master and Margarita (Complicite at Barbican Theatre and Avignon Festival), Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA, New York), Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, and the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Theatre, for Headlong, includes The Nether (Royal Court), American Psycho and Chimerica (Almeida Theatre). Other theatre includes Betrayal and Hinterland (National Theatre), The Spanish Golden Age Season, Antony and Cleopatra and Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dumbshow and Yard Gal (Royal Court), Hamlet (Young Vic), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Machinal (Roundabout Theatre, New York) and many more at the Bush Theatre.

Dance includes Afterlight IAfterlight II and The Rodin Project (Russell Maliphant), Four Scenes and God’s Plenty (Rambert) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Northern Ballet Theatre). 

Concert tour designs include Lady Gaga Monsterball (US Theatre/Arena Tour), Kanye/ Jay Z Watch the Throne (Arena Tour), Muse Resistance (Arena Tour), Pet Shop Boys Electric, Pandemonium and Fundamental (Arena Tours), Nitin Sawhney (IMAX Cinema), Take That Progress and Circus (Stadium Tours), Imogen Heap Eclipse (Tour) and Massive Attack V Adam Curtis (Armory, New York and Manchester International Festival).

Es has designed operas for  Barcelona, Vienna, La Scala, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, as well as Les Troyens and Salome at the Royal Opera House, Carmen and Gadaffi at English National Opera and Imago at Glyndebourne.

Film production design includes shorts by Mike Figgis and costume design for Sally Potter’s film RAGE.

Television production designs include the MTV Europe Music Awards (2010 and 2011), and performances for U2, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Pet Shop Boys.

Es was awarded the Olivier Award for Stage Design 2014 for Chimerica; a Tony nomination 2014 for Machinal; Critics Circle Award for Stage Design 2013; Red’s Creative Woman of the Year 2012l; TPi Stage Designer of the Year Award 2012, 2011 and 2010; Olivier Award for Costume Design 2006; TMA Award for Stage Design 1998 and the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 1996. She recently won this years Evening Standard Award for Stage Design for American Psycho.

Current projects include Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet at the Barbican, Carmen on the Lake at Bregenz, Otello at the MET Opera, New York, the Brit Awards for ITV, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Der Freischutz for the Royal Opera House and U2 Arena and Stadium Tours.


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