Tom Piper, Associate Designer


Tom graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge before training in theatre design at the Slade School of Art.

For the RSC he has designed and primarily collaborated with director Michael Boyd on: The Broken Heart, Spring Awakening, A Patriot for Me, Much Ado About Nothing, The Spanish Tragedy, Bartholomew Fair, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, A Month in the Country, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VI, Richard III, The Tempest, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and The Histories, As You Like It, The Drunks, The Grain Store, Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth and Boris Godunov.

Other theatre design work includes: The Birthday Party, Blinded by the Sun, Oh! What A Lovely War (RNT), Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Frame 312, A Lie of the Mind, Three Days of Rain, Helpless (Donmar) Pants, Mince, Twelfth Night, Duchess of Malfi, Happy Days (Dundee Rep), Mother Courage (Olympia, Dublin), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Loot  (Bristol Old Vic), Stiff!, The Master Builder (Lyceum, Edinburgh), The Danny Crowe Show (Bush), Penny for a Song (Whitehall and UK tour), The Spirit of Annie Ross (Gate Theatre, Dublin), The Frogs, The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse), Dealer's Choice (Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna), Scissor Happy (Duchess Theatre), Wallace and Gromit – A Grand Night Out (Peacock Theatre and tour), Kindertransport (Vaudeville, Watford and Soho Theatre Co), The Crucible, Six Characters In Search of An Author , The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Backpay, Cockroach, Who? (Royal Court), Waking, Tulipfutures, Ripped, My Goat, Rockstation, Opening 4 play season (Soho Theatre Co), Endgame, Dumbstruck, Macbeth, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), The Price (Theatre Royal York), The Way of the World, Spyski (Lyric Hammersmith), The Duchess of Malfi (Wyndham's, Greenwich and tour), Sweet Panic, The Philanderer, Disposing of the Body (Hampstead Theatre),  Insignificance (Sheffield), Babette's Feast (Royal Opera House), As You Like It, The Tempest and Richard III (Bridge project BAM and Old Vic), Zorro the Musical (Garrick Theatre and World Tour), Fit and Proper People (Soho Theatre), The City Madam (RSC), Vera Vera Vera  and Goodbye to All That (Royal Court, Young Writers Festival), King Lear (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Plough and the Stars (Abbey Dublin and UK tour), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre). Later this year he will design Tarell Alvin McCraney's Antony and Cleopatra for The Swan Theatre; the production will then tour to Miami and New York.

Tom runs the RSC's Design Trainee scheme for young theatre designers. He has won the London Fringe Best Design Award twice, and an Olivier Award for his costume designs for The Histories. In 2012 he collaborated on the exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World at the British Museum.


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