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Ten Best Soutra Gilmour Stage Designs

Soutra Gilmour is an award-winning designer for performance whose work has graced the finest stages across the country. She is the designer for Guards at the Taj. Here are some of her beautiful past productions.


10. Les Blancs, National Theatre (2016)

Les Blancs at the National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Les Blancs at the National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

“Soutra Gilmour’s design conjures precariousness. A fragile wooden mission building revolves through an atmosphere made viscous by smoke and the smell of incense.” Observer

“the sensuous sweep of Farber’s production… deploys a revolving Soutra Gilmour set” Guardian

9. Angels in America, Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith

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Angels in America, Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith

Angels in America, Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith

Angels in America, Headlong/Lyric Hammersmith. Photo: Graham Michael Photography

8. Into The Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2010)

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Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

“an inspired idea to stage this show in the magical, sylvan surroundings of Regent’s Park, and designer Soutra Gilmour has come up with a marvellously rickety, adventure playground of a set” The Telegraph

“dazzling revival… Soutra Gilmour’s design also brilliantly exploits the sinister beauty of the outdoor setting” Guardian

7. Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage (2011)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sheffield Crucible/Northern Stage. Photo: Robert Day

“Soutra Gilmour’s expansive, period set – at once book-lined and desolate – with symbiotic attention to physical detail.” The Telegraph

6.  Bull, Young Vic (2015)

Bull, Young Vic. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Bull, Young Vic. Photo: Carol Rosegg

“The analogy with bull-fighting is set up, of course, by the play’s title, and also by its staging: Soutra Gilmour’s superb design sees the audience corralled into rows around a central ring. We think of the plaza de toros; we think of boxing; and, courtesy of the ugly office carpet and water-cooler, we think of every office any of us has ever worked in.” The Telegraph

“Soutra Gilmour’s design emphasising the nightmarish mix of real and surreal in the writing” FT

“Hats off to Soutra Gilmour and the design team for yet another innovative use of this small space” Londonist

5. The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, RSC (2008)

The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, RSC/Wilton's Music Hall

The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, RSC/Wilton’s Music Hall

“Handsomely staged by Soutra Gilmour” Evening Standard

“Soutra Gilmour’s terrific three-tiered set” Londonist

4. Urinetown (2014)

Urinetown. Photo: Johann Persson

Urinetown. Photo: Johann Persson

Urinetown

Urinetown

“Soutra Gilmour’s hulking designs are the height of sewer chic” Time Out

3. The Crucible, Old Vic (2014)

The Crucible, Old Vic

The Crucible, Old Vic

The Crucible, Old Vic

The Crucible, Old Vic

“a production of electrifying intensity” The Telegraph

“everything about this production is of a piece, from the distressed walls of Soutra Gilmour’s set – clearly derived from Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord – to the subliminal creepiness of Richard Hammarton’s music and sound”

2. Strange Interlude, National Theatre (2013)

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Strange Interlude, National Theatre

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Strange Interlude, National Theatre

“gripping production, brilliantly designed by Soutra Gilmour” The Telegraph

“whips us through, in well under three-and-a-half hours, from the aftermath of the Great War to a futuristic New York metropolis (great design by Soutra Gilmour) and a Ploughkeepsie boat race in 1945″ The Independent

“deftly designed by Soutra Gilmour” Guardian

“transformed seamlessly from rooms and corridors interlocked on the hexadecagon, into a boat which took up the entire width of the Lyttleton Theatre and was effortlessly moved around by the stage hands and received applause. It was breathtaking” Rebekah’s Reviews

1. Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic (2012)

The Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic

The Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic

The Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic

The Duchess of Malfi, Old Vic

“Soutra Gilmour’s stunning design conjures up a dark Renaissance palace of gilded staircases, vertiginous pillars and flickering candlelight.” Telegraph


And on that note, Guards at the Taj designed by Soutra Gilmour and directed by Jamie Lloyd is at the Bush Theatre until 20 May 2017.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the set:

Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner

Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre. Photo: Marc Brenner

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