Tim Reed


"stylish sets by Tim Reed"

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

"Tim Reed's sets and costumes promiscuously straddle the Victorian and Edwardian periods...it looks a sumptuously colourful treat"

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

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Tim Reed has an international reputation as an opera and theatre designer. His opera credits include production for Paris Opera (Docteur Faustus), Netherlands Opera (L’Ormindo), English National Opera (The Merry Widow), Welsh National Opera (Die Fledermaus) and Opera Holland Park (Madam Butterfly). He has worked extensively in Sweden, designing Don Giovanni for Gothenburg Opera, and The Coronation of Poppea amongst others for Norrlands Opera. In Ireland he has worked for Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Northern Ireland where designs have included Il Mondo della Luna, Macbeth and Falstaff. He designed Le nozze di Figaro for Kirov Opera and La Traviata for New Israeli Opera and his productions have also been seen in Madrid, Monte Carlo and Marseilles.

He works regularly with prominent theatres in London’s West End and beyond, designing Stephen Bill’s Curtains, (Hampstead & Whitehall Theatres), Frank McGuinness’s Bag Lady (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh), The York Mystery Cycle with Steven Pimlott (Gate Theatre Dublin), a Tom Murphy series at Irish National Theatre and the premiere of Anthony Minghella’s Two Planks and a Passion (Northcott Theatre Exeter). For The Grange Festival he has designed Albert Herring and The Abduction from the Seraglio.

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The Abduction from the Seraglio

The Grange Festival (July 2018)

Tim Reed's designs gave us an attractive period nod to Ottoman style, enhanced by a beautifully lit sea-and-sky backdrop, and his costumes boldly riffed on Eastern-promise stereotypes of turbans, extravagant gowns, Janissary uniforms, pointy sandals et al.

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

Albert Herring

The Grange Festival (June 2017)

Tim Reed’s sets and Prue Handley’s costumes perfectly recreate the rural-period ambience.

George Hall, The Guardian ****

In Tim Reed’s beautiful, mobile sets and 1940 costumes, Copley’s staging had a fluidity that recalled Peter Hall’s classic Glyndebourne staging of 1985, yet the scene changes were effected in front of the audience.

Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine​

Tim Reed’s Production List

Production List

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