Oli Townsend

Set & Costume Designer

This is Oli’s first show at the Rose.  He has worked with Chris Haydon several times, including on Macbeth (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic), and Grounded, The Christians, and Wittenberg (all at the Gate Theatre). 

Other set and costume designs include: Oh Mother, The Darkest Corners, Two Man Show and We Want You To Watch (RashDash); Choir of Man (Arts Theatre West End & Worldwide Tour); Old Bridge (Papatango); Cinderella: The Awesome Truth (Polka); Cosi Fan Tutti, Pelleas et Mellisande, Werther, and The Tales of Hoffmann (English Touring Opera); Islands, Incognito (The Bush Theatre); The Art of Dying (Royal Court); The Measures Taken (Alexander Whitley Dance); L’Elisir D’Amore, Rodelinda (Scottish Opera); The Gamblers, Dead To Me, Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Greyscale);  The Coronation of Poppea, Macbeth (Blackheath Halls Opera); Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate). Between 2013 & 2016, Oli designed the sets for the Lyric Hammersmith Christmas panto.

Costume credits include: Wozzeck (English National Opera); The Lighthouse (ROH Linbury); Big Maggie (Druid); In Wonderland, a film by Iona Firouzabadi.  He had also provided art direction for branded content with Jungle Creations & Seldom Differ. In 2018, Oli cycled from Bristol to Bangkok, working on In Tandem Stories in partnership with the non-profit kindness.org.  He has written about the experiences for The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and WildBounds.