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 productions include the New York off-Broadway transfer of Tooting Arts Club's pie-shop Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre (Drama Desk Award Nomination - Outstanding Set Design for a Musical); Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera); and Cabaret at English Theatre Frankfurt.
His recent designs for theatre include a stage adaptation of the award-winning children's novel Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant by Guy Chambers (Northampton and West End); Black Men Walking (eclipse/Royal Exchange and tour); The Wind in the Willows (Sherman Cardiff); a national tour of Driving Miss Daisy with Siân Phillips; Peter Pan (Mercury Colchester); Billy The Kid - a new musical for NYMT at Curve; a new stage adaptation of Babette's Feast at the Print Room; a major revival of Martin Sherman's Rose at HOME with Dame Janet Suzman; Sleeping Beauty, The Ladykillers (Watermill); Platinum (Hampstead); Kander and Ebb's The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe; Caresses (HOME); Barbarians at the abandoned St Martin’s School of Art building in Soho, and 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 (both for Tooting Arts Club); Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse); Measure For Measure (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Border Force, an installation/performance/club event for Duckie in London and Brighton; a major new national touring production of Saturday Night Fever for Theatre Royal Bath; The Light of Heart, Ghosts (Theatr Clwyd); the UK premiere of Noel Coward’s This Was A Man (Finborough); The Picture of Dorian Gray, Venus in Fur, The Collector and Saturday Night Fever, all for English Theatre Frankfurt; UK tours of Absent Friends and Entertaining Mr Sloane (London Classic Theatre); ’Twas the Night Before Christmas - a new devised piece for small children at the Unicorn; two American Seasons at the Ustinov Studio, including In The Next Room or the vibrator play (also St James; Winner - Best New Play, Theatre Awards UK), 4000 Miles (also The Print Room), Fifty Words (also Arcola), Red Light Winter, and In A Garden; Sherlock’s Last Case, Sleuth (Watermill); Island at the National Theatre and touring around schools in London; and the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Feathers in the Snow (Southwark Playhouse).
Other theatre credits include The School for Scandal as part of Park Theatre’s opening season; the UK premiere of Bruce Norris’ Purple Heart (Gate); Good Grief (UK tour, Theatre Royal Bath); the twentieth anniversary production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Antigone, and the first major revivals of Eighteenth Century hits The Busy Body and The Belle’s Stratagem (all Southwark Playhouse); Run!: A Sports Day Musical (Polka Theatre); the regional premiere of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop for Derby LIVE; Palace of the End, Riff Raff (Arcola); a new adaptation of the award-winning children’s novel The Machine Gunners (Polka Theatre); 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; Seven Jewish Children (Hackney Empire); Gross Indecency for Duckie; Michael X (Tabernacle); revivals of the previously banned Young Woodley and Tea and Sympathy (Finborough); The Veiled Screen and True or Falsetto? with Ernesto Tomasini (Drill Hall, and international tours); Twelve Angry Men (Tricycle); The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge Arts); three national and international tours of new plays for British-Asian company Rifco Arts; 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, The Homecoming, Háry János and Orlando, all for Ryedale Festival; Albert Herring (Surrey Opera); A Night at the Opera (London Palladium and UK tour); Carmen (Hampstead Garden Opera).
He works regularly with drama and theatre production students; recent projects include Hitchcock Blonde, Angels in America, The Rimers of Eldritch, Woyzeck, Pillars of the Community and Machinal (Central School of Speech and Drama); Women of Twilight, The Workroom, The Madras House (RADA); Bonnie and Clyde, Legally Blonde, Evita, Tory Boyz, Our Town, Roberto Zucco (Arts Ed); Terrorism, In Flame (Manchester Metropolitan University); a promenade production of Watership Down (Oxford School of Drama at the Botanic Garden, Oxford); and a series of devised projects for Creative Partnerships.