James Turner

Designer

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James studied English and Drama at Manchester University and graduated in 2009 from the Motley Theatre Design Course.  He was  awarded Best Set Design at the 2013 Off-West End Awards for Mercury Fur.

Great stacks of books dominate James Turner's set. They bulge from the shelves and the piles heaped above the door frame makes you fear for whomever dares to enter. It's a fitting metaphor for how Rita is about to have her life shaken up in Hull Truck’s revival of Willy Russell’s play
The Stage on Educating Rita (Hull Truck)

this excellent and highly welcome revival ... grittily designed by James Turner
The Telegraph on Toast (Park Theatre)

In its creepy squalor, the set, by James Turner, itself sends a flurry of chills down your spine
New York Times on Cuddles (59E59, New York)

 

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2019

Secret Cinema

Associate Designer

2019

RADA (GBS Theatre)

By Anna Jordan
Dir. Lucy Skilbeck

2018

RADA (Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Dir. Matthew Xia

2018

Park200

By Danny Robins
Dir. Hannah Price

2018

World Tour

Dir. James Grieve

2018

Tackroom Theatre/Southwark Playhouse

Dir. Abbey Wright

2018

Malvern Theatres/UK Tour

Dir. Sophie Boyce Couzens

2017

RADA (GBS Theatre)

By Caryl Churchill
Dir. Simon Dormandy

2017

Snuff Box Theatre/Soho Theatre/UK Tour

Transfer
By Charlotte Josephine
Dir. Ed Stamboullian
Nominated for Best Set Design, 2017 Off West End Awards

2017

Salisbury Playhouse

By Rodney Ackland, after a short story by Somerset Maugham
Dir. Ryan McBryde

2017

Cardboard Citizens/Bunker Theatre

Dir. Adrian Jackson and Caitlin McLeod
Shortlisted for Best Ensemble, 2017 Off West End Awards

2015 - 2016

European, Australian, American and UK Tours

Dir. Ed Stambollouian
Recorded as a YouTube Red Original Movie

BONCAS AWARDS

2016

London Palladium/FlipSide Media

Event Design
Dir. Ed Stamboullian

2016

Hampton Court Palace

Event Design
Dir. Michael Fentiman

2016

RADA (GBS Theatre)

By Bruce Norris
Dir. Michael Fentiman

2016

Snuff Box Theatre/Underbelly Cowgate

By Charlotte Josephine
Dir. Ed Stamboullian

2016

Hull Truck

By Willy Russell
Dir. Mark Babych

2016

National Tour/59E59, New York/Snapdragon Productions

Revival Production
By Richard Bean
Dir. Eleanor Rhode
Critics Pick, New York Times

2016

LAMDA at the Pleasance

By William Shakespeare
Dir. Adam Meddigo

2016

LAMDA at the Pleasance Theatre

By Liz Lochead
Dir. Michael Fentiman

2015

RADA (Vanbrugh Theatre)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Dir. Michael Fentiman

2015

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

By Will Mortimer
Dir. Caitlin McLeod

2015

HighTide Festival/The Yard Theatre

By E.V. Crowe
Dir. Caitlin McLeod
Shortlisted for 2015 Off-West End Award for Best Production

2015

Orange Tree Theatre

By Sharman Macdonald
Dir. Eleanor Rhode
Nominated for 2015 Off-West End Award for Best Set Designer

2015

Eastern Angles/Edinburgh Festival

By Molly Davies
Dir. Steven Atkinson

2015

Central School of Speech and Drama

By Nikolai Erdman
Dir. Ben Naylor & Anna Healey

2015

Watermill Theatre

By Terence Rattigan
Dir. Douglas Rintoul

2015

Orange Tree Theatre

By Adam Barnard
Dir. Rania Jumaily

2015

UK Tour/59E59, New York

Revival
By Joseph Wilde
Dir. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

2015

UK Tour/C Venues, Edinburgh Festival (2014)

Revival Production
By Stephen Dolignoff
Dir. Guy Retallack

2015

Trafalgar Studios 2

By August Strindberg, in a new version by Laurie Slade
Dir. Abbey Wright

2015

The Langham Hotel/Defibrillator Theatre

By Ben Ellis
Dir. James Hillier

2015

Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios 2

West End transfer
By Moses Raine
Dir. Nina Raine

2014

Drama Centre London

By Richard Nelson
Dir. Jonathan Humphreys

2014

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

By Atiha Sen Gupta
Dir. Douglas Rintoul

2014

Young Vic

Parallel Production
By Anton Chekhov
Dir. Anthony Lau

2014

Ovalhouse

By Joshua Conkel
Dir. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

2014

Theatre 6

By Alice Nicholas
Dir. Kate McGregor

2014

Park Theatre

By Richard Bean
Dir. Eleanor Rhode

2014

NYLon Productions/Rose Lipman Building

By Ben Jonson
Dir. Anna Jones

2014

Finborough Theatre

By St John Ervine
Dir. Emma Faulkner

2014

The Langham Hotel/Defibrillator Theatre

By Tennessee Williams
Dir. James Hillier, Anthony Banks and Jonathan Humphreys

2013

Southwark Playhouse

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Dir. David Mercatali

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

2013

Present Moment

By Shakespeare
Dir. Joss Bennathan

2013

Old Red Lion

By Noel Coward
Dir. Anthony Lau

CUDDLES

2013

Oval House

By Joseph Wilde
Dr. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

CAUSE CELEBRE

2013

Central School of Speech and Drama

By Terrence Rattigan
Dr. Guy Retallack

THE LONG LIFE AND GREAT GOOD FORTUNE OF JOHN CLARE

2013

Eastern Angles/Tour

By Tony Ramsay
Dr. Ivan Cutting

A LIFE

2012

Finborough Theatre

By Hugh Leonard
Dir. Eleanor Rhode

I AM A CAMERA

2012

Southwark Playhouse

By John Van Druten
Dir. Anthony Lau

STRONG ARM

2012

Underbelly, Edinburgh

By Finlay Robertson
Dir. Kate Budgen

ALL GOOD MEN

2012

Finborough Theatre

By Trevor Griffiths
Dir. Rania Jumaily

THE SLUTS OF SUTTON DRIVE

2012

Finborough Theatre

By Joshua Conkel
Dir. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

MERCURY FUR

2012

Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios 2

2013 Off-West End Award for Best Set Design
By Phillip Ridley
Dir. Ned Bennett

EXECUTION OF JUSTICE

2012

Southwark Playhouse

By Emily Mann
Dir. Joss Benethan

THRILL ME

2011

Charing Cross Theatre

By Stephen Dolignoff
Dir. Guy Retallack

PLAIN JANE

2010

Royal Exchange Studio

By Ali McDowell
Dir. Clive Judd

THAT MOMENT

2010

Underbelly, Edinburgh

By Dougie Blaxhall
Dir. Hannah Price

OVER THE MOON

2009

New Wimbledon Studio

By Oli Beavan
Dir. Rania Jumaily

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

2009

Arts Theatre

By Flaherty, Ahrens and McNally
Dir. Ben De Wynter

NO WONDER

2009

Library Theatre, Manchester

By Claire Urwin
Dir. Guy Jones

Other

ProductionCompanyNotes
2018

Apollo Theatre/Royal Shakespeare Company

Associate Designer
Adapted by James Fenton from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes
Dir. Angus Jackson, des. Robert Innes Hopkins

2017

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Associate Designer
By Arthur Miller
Dir. Ivo Van Hove, des. Jan Versweyveld

2017

Royal Shakespeare Company

Associate Designer (4 plays)
Dir. Angus Jackson, Iqbal Khan & Blanche McIntyre, des. Robert Innes Hopkins

2015

Young Vic/Wyndham's Theatre

Associate Designer
By Arthur Miller
Dir. Ivo Van Hove, des. Jan Versweyveld
2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play

2015

Barbican/International Tour

Assistant Designer
By Sophocles, trans. Anne Carson
Dir. Ivo Van Hove, des. Jan Versweyveld

2014

Leicester Curve

Assistant Designer
By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III
Dir. Paul Kerryson, des. Al Parkinson

2013

Bush Theatre/Paines Plough

Associate Designer
By Tom Wells
Dir. James Grieve, des. Lucy Osborne

2014

Theatre Royal Bath/ATG

Assistant Designer
By David Mamet
Dir. Lindsay Posner, des. Robert Innes Hopkins