SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
Current and forthcoming projects include: SHOWSTOPPER! (Costume & Props; The Lyric, West End, previously The Apollo, Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family - 2016); SIX (Costume: UK Tour, Edinburgh & Arts Theatre); BILLIONAIRE BOY (Set & Costumes; Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); MURDER FOR TWO (Set & Costumes; The Other Palace); REVELERS’ MASS (Costume: National Dance Company Wales).
Set and Costume credits include: MOLL FLANDERS (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); SPRING AWAKENING (Hope Mill Theatre); A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN (UK Tour); THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (UK Tour); CINDERELLA (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); LOOT (Watermill Theatre & Park Theatre); BODIES (Royal Court Theatre); MURDER FOR TWO (Watermill Theatre & The Other Palace); ROMEO AND JULIET; CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE; HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT? (National Youth Theatre Wales); THE IRIS MURDER (Traverse Theatre & Scottish Tour); KOMMILITONEN! (Welsh National Opera); STIG OF THE DUMP (UK Tour); WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Oxford Playhouse); BUMBLESCRATCH (Adelphi Theatre, Gala Performance); HENRY VI; RICHARD III (Wales Millennium Centre); HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL - WE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY (Edinburgh Festival & Vault Festival); LOVE BIRDS; HAPPY NEVER AFTER (Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Oxford Playhouse); ALBERT HERRING; COSI FAN TUTTI (Dora Stouzker Hall); HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL'S HOUSE PARTY (Latitude, Bestival & Vault Festival); THE MIRACLE; A CUCKOO IN THE NEST; A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre); DEAD BORN GROW (Frantic Assembly & National Youth Theatre Wales); SHE LOVES ME; THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (GSA); THE BLOOD IS STRONG (Finborough Theatre); HAPPY NEVER AFTER + PEOPLE LIKE US (Pleasance Theatre).
Costume credits include: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Vaudeville Theatre); THE LAST DAYS OF ANNE BOLEYN (Tower of London); WORKING (Southwark Playhouse); THE GREEN HOUSE (National Dance Company, Wales); IN THE HEIGHTS (Kings Cross Theatre, previously Southwark Playhouse, Winner of 3 Olivier Awards); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal and Derngate); THE LAST FIVE YEARS (St James’ Theatre); THE LAST MERMAID (Wales Millennium Centre); FOLK (National Dance Company Wales); A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO; THE ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (Castle Theatre); JUST SO; WIND IN THE WILLOWS (South Hill Park); EVERYDAY MAPS FOR EVERYDAY USE (Finborough Theatre); STEVE AND THEN IT ENDED (Theatre503).
Assistant credits include: DE GABAY (Set & Costumes, National Theatre, Wales); BEYOND BORDERS (Set & Costumes, National Youth Theatre Wales); CANDIDE (Costumes, RSC); THE COMMITMENTS (Costumes, Palace Theatre, West End); FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Costumes, Shaftesbury Theatre, West End); THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (Set & Props, Punchdrunk, ENO). She has also assisted on TV programmes for the BBC, and various festivals including Glastonbury and the Big Chill.
Gabriella received an Off West-End Award Nomination for Best Costume Design in 2015 for IN THE HEIGHTS. She was a JMK Award finalist in 2014, an RSC Trainee Designer finalist in 2013 & 2014 and was shortlisted for The Linbury Prize for Stage Design in 2013. Gabriella studied Theatre Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
BILLIONAIRE BOY is a “fully fledged, hit-heavy musical”
Directed by Luke Sheppard and with a design by Gabriella Slade, this hit new musical is an adaptation of the David Walliams novel that premiered at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre.
“The show's star turns, though, come from director Sheppard and choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, who marshal proceedings with infectious, unflagging enthusiasm. Everything is bouncing and bubbly throughout, and Gabriella Slade's sliding, unfolding set provides the perfect platform for their panache.”
“musical adaptations of David Walliams books can put a tap in your toe, a smile on your face and a tear in your eye… [in] Luke Sheppard’s imaginative production”
“…this ensemble feel like a gang. They zero in on the story’s fun, but also its heart. Ryan Heenan, as Joe, holds it all together with the perfect blend of spirit and naivety.”
“Luke Sheppard’s buoyant, somewhat rough-around-the-edges production boasts suitably outsized performances.”
“the score is terrific: a peppy mix of electro pop, power ballads and funky rhythmic rock largely played by guitar-toting pupils.”
“Pretty much out of nowhere, a fully-fledged, hit-heavy musical has appeared. Considering the talent behind it – Rotterdam writer Jon Brittain, In the Heights director Luke Sheppard – maybe that’s not such a surprise, but this has still taken a remarkably short time to go from concept to staging compared to most musicals.”
“the cartoonish hues of Gabriella Slade’s set conjure some of the sharp corners of Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations”
“this is a cracker of Christmas show: a really strong, super-funny new musical with serious commercial gloss”
Gabriella Slade is Designer on LOOT at the Park Theatre
Joe Orton’s classic farce is revived in a 50th anniversary production, directed by Michael Fentiman. Playing at the Park until 24th September, LOOT then runs at the Watermill until the end of October.
The Guardian ★★★★★
“a first-rate production”
“now even funnier and filthier”
The Stage ★★★★
“Gabriella Slade’s glistening, crucifix-adorned set mirrors the play’s pitch-black tone – the economy of design gives plenty of room for debauched capers in which eyeballs, false teeth and all human dignity go flying.”
What’s On Stage ★★★★
“still absolutely relevant today, which makes more than one hard-hitting point. This robust, riotous outing is much-welcome.”
The Times ★★★★
“What a wonderful frippery”
The Telegraph ★★★★
The Arts Desk ★★★★
“has a deep black set by Gabriella Slade which features gold crucifixes and medical paraphernalia”
“a hugely enjoyable black comedy”
Gabriella Slade and Joshua Pharo are Designer and Lighting Designer on BODIES
Directed by Jude Christian, Designed by Gabriella Slade and Lighting/Projection by Joshua Pharo, Bodies portrays a compelling insight into the challenges families face when resorting to surrogacy. Vivienne Franzmann’s new play explores the human cost of surrogacy and the sacrifices made to get what want. BODIES plays at the Royal Court until 12th August.
EVENING STANDARD ★★★★
“Challenging study of family fraught over surrogacy”
“Performed with sensitivity and conviction”
“An engrossing allegory for the modern age”
“the age-old trop of the barren woman is successfully given a gripping twist in Bodies”
THE ARTS DESK ★★★★
“Designer Gabriella Slade’s muted beige and pine set suggests all the comforts of upper-middle-class domesticity”
“New drama about surrogacy is rich in metaphor and fraught with conflict”
“A play that brims with powerful emotions and interesting ideas”
THE INDEPENDENT ★★★★
“immensely powerful and eloquently constructed”
Luke Sheppard and Gabriella Slade open WORKING at Southwark Playhouse
Stephen Schwartz’s musical, based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce, receives its European Premiere directed by Luke Sheppard, with Costume Design by Gabriella Slade. Running until 8th July.
The Upcoming ★★★★★
“possibly the most striking musical of the year.”
“Working is powerful, relevant and not on for long enough.”
West End Wilma ★★★★★
“Another triumph for the theatre and director Luke Sheppard alike, Working deserves to be seen and I’m very happy the everyday Londoner now has the chance.”
“a brilliant production”
The Stage ★★★★
“The powerful achievement of Working is to tell ordinary stories in an extraordinary way.”
“Director Luke Sheppard and choreographer Fabian Aloise bring these disparate stories together with texture and reach”
“Evocative and inspiring”
Broadway World ★★★★
“Jean Chan and Gabriella Slade's designs are wonderfully evocative”
“This production has a clear focus, thanks to the direction of Luke Sheppard, and all of the material has been pieced together perfectly, like a musical theatre jigsaw puzzle. The atmosphere and energy it generates is infectious, raising valid points whilst entertaining its audience.”
“Director Luke Sheppard has assembled an impressive ensemble of new and established talent.”
“Southwark Playhouse has built a reputation for high quality imports of unsung American musicals, and 'Working' is no exception.”
The Sunday Express ★★★★
"has a joyous energy in Luke Sheppard’s stylish production"
“Sheppard’s staging, with compact, punchy choreography by Fabian Aloise, has terrific verve and the performances are superb.”
Luke Sheppard, Tom Attwood and Gabriella Slade open MURDER FOR TWO at the Watermill
Luke Sheppard directs the UK premiere of this acclaimed Off-Broadway whodunit musical, designed by Gabriella Slade, and with Musical direction and co-sound design by Tom Attwood. Playing in Newbury until the 25th Feb prior to a run at the Other Palace Studio in London.
What’s On Stage ★★★★
“Gabriella Slade's marvellously detailed set”
“fast-moving, affectionate homage to Agatha Christie.”
“Some of the show's best moments are the gloriously precise transitions from piano to centre stage, topped by four hands on one keyboard.”
“Luke Sheppard directs with pinpoint precision, so that every transition, every tiny movement is flawlessly slick.”
“it makes for a delicious start to the Watermill's 50th anniversary year.”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“the spectacle of youth having its spoofing way remains one of theatre’s highest pleasures”
“If you need a break from doom and gloom like a hole in the head, steer well clear. Otherwise, enjoy.”
“frenetic and hilarious”
Get Reading ★★★★
“High-energy, plenty of humour”
“had me laughing from start to finish.”
“It's incredible how a simple addition of some glasses, a hat swish or a voice change had such an effect on how the story unfolded for audiences.”
“Congratulations to director Luke Sheppard, cast and crew for putting together a truly enjoyable show that was the perfect start to the year-long anniversary celebrations.”
"a smart, jaunty show"
"director Luke Sheppard – who staged Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-Hamilton musical with such panache – keep it all under control."
"And the piano? Well, frankly, it’s the star. Both men play with aplomb. There’s a lot of Marx Brothers-type music to keep us going and to fill in any gaps, of which there are more than a few."
"you can’t help but admire the craft, the musicianship and the banter"
"The set, by Gabriella Slade, is atmospheric, a shambolic musical noir."
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opens at the Royal and Derngate.
Luke Sheppard directs the European premiere of PETER AND THE STARCATHER in Northampton, winner of 5 Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway. David Woodhead is Designer, with Costumes by Gabriella Slade and Lighting by Howard Hudson. Tom Attwood is Musical Director. Playing until 31st September.
The Reviews Hub ★★★★★
“an absolute delight from start to finish”
“such is the skill of David Woodhead’s design that little imagination is actually required as sails appear, ladders become ships, a lifebelt is transformed into a window.”
“Luke Sheppard has created a production that is funny, effective and incredibly slick”
“once this show takes off it just keeps on flying. If you want to leave the theatre with a massive smile on your face and a warm feeling inside, look no further than the Royal & Derngate and Peter and the Starcatcher. Superb.”
Whats On Stage ★★★★
“stunningly recreated set design by David Woodhead.”
“the brilliance of the execution, deftly handled by director Luke Sheppard.”
“a rip-roaring adventure that grabs you from the opening moments and drags you unceremoniously along for the ride.”
The Stage ★★★★
“a beautiful exploration of the fragility of childhood and the joy of adventure”
“clever and funny and desperately sad”
Broadway World ★★★★
“What set there is, is beautiful and inventive, as are the costumes.”
“The whole production is slick and clever.”