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. Opera includes the Paris Opera premier of Docteur Faustus, L’Ormindo for Netherlands Opera, Verdi Macbeth in Madrid, La traviata, The Turn of the Screw and Hänsel und Gretel in Israel, and in Dublin, Cosi fan tutte, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus and La traviata. He has worked extensively in Sweden designing L’elisir d’amore for Gothenburg Opera and The Coronation of Poppea and The Marriage of Figaro for Norrlands Opera in Umeå. He has worked at Wexford Festival on numerous occasions, where designs include Il maestro di capella, La serva padrona, La serva e l’ussero, Un giorno di regno, Il mondo della luna, Cendrillon and La vedova scaltra. For Opera Northern Ireland designs include Macbeth, Falstaff, also staged in Monte Carlo and Marseilles; Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera and Ariadne auf Naxos and Le nozze di Figaro also staged for the Kirov Opera in St Petersburg. Most recent productions include Albert Herring and The Abduction from the Seraglio for Grange Festival.

Theatre work includes The York Mystery Cycle with Steven Pimlott, The Beaux’ Stratagem and The Field for the Abbey, Exit, Entrance and The Shadow of a Gunman for the Peacock, and Happy Days and The House of Bernarda Alba for the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Extensive work for Britain’s most prominent regional theatres and London’s West End include Stephen Bill’s Curtains, (Hampstead & Whitehall Theatres), Frank McGuinness’s Bag Lady at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and the premier of Anthony Minghella’s Two Planks and a Passion for the Northcott Theatre Exeter. He designed Britten’s Albert Herring for Opera 80. In 1995 he returned to Gothenburg to design Don Giovanni with Clare Venables and then designed The Cunning Little Vixen for Opera Northern Ireland. He designed Hobson’s Choice, Spring and Port Wine and Horse and Carriage at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, A Whistle in the Dark and The Gigli Concert for the Irish National Theatre season of Tom Murphy plays for the Dublin Theatre Festival, as well as, most recently, Zindabad for Harappa Productions at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

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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​

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