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. His work was recently selected to represent the UK at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design.
Current and upcoming productions include a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Nevill Holt Opera; Sondheim’s Assassins at Nottingham Playhouse and the Watermill; an adaptation of Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival); and Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet opening the new Boulevard Theatre in London.
His recent designs for theatre include Cabaret (English Theatre Frankfurt/Deutsches Theater Munich); Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses (Pilot Theatre, UK tour); 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); 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); Macbeth (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Princess and the Hustler, Black Men Walking (Eclipse, UK 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 Children, 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 Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera, as the inaugural production in their new opera house); Carmen (Prison Choir Project); 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); Suddenly Last Summer, 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.