Simon Baker

Simon Baker Portrait

SOUND DESIGNER

Upcoming work includes: A CHRISTMAS CAROL and WISE CHILDREN (Old Vic); PINOCCHIO (National Theatre); THE GRINNING MAN (Trafalgar Studios); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (West End) and BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Empire Cinema, Haymarket).

Previous work includes: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, GROUNDHOG DAY (also Broadway), THE CARETAKER, THE MASTER BUILDER, FUTURE CONDITIONAL, HIGH SOCIETY, ELECTRA, THE REAL THING, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS (also Broadway), COMPLICIT and HEDDA GABLER (Old Vic); MATILDA THE MUSICAL (and West End, Broadway, International, UK/US Tour), DON JOHN (also UK Tour), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and THE ROARING GIRL (RSC); 946 and TRISTAN & YSEULT (both also Off-Broadway), THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK (also UK Tour), ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (Shakespeare’s Globe); THE AMEN CORNER and THE LIGHT PRINCESS (National Theatre); SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, MOJO, BRIEF ENCOUNTER (also Broadway and UK Tour), BOEING BOEING (also Broadway), LOOSERVILLE, DEATHTRAP, LA BÊTE (also Broadway),  ARCADIA, WAH WAH GIRLS, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOUG, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (West End); AN AUDIENCE WITH MEOW MEOW, BATMAN LIVE, THE WILD BRIDE (also Off-Broadway), AS YOU LIKE IT/THE TEMPEST (also Off-Broadway), and STEPTOE AND SON (UK/International Tours); MY FAIR LADY, ME AND MY GIRL, OLIVER, and ANYTHING GOES (Sheffield Theatres); DI & VIV & ROSE and JOSEPHINE AND I (Hampstead Theatre); LATE MIDDLE CLASSES (Donmar); THE GRINNING MAN (Bristol Old Vic); and ANGUS THONGS AND SNOGGING (WYP).

Simon is the recipient of many awards including the Oliver for Best Sound for MATILDA THE MUSICAL. He has been nominated for an Olivier three times and a Tony award twice.

Simon is a fellow of the Guildhall School, an associate artist for the Old Vic, Kneehigh Theatre, is part of Emma’s Rice’s creative cabinet at the Globe and is part of Emma’s new movement – Wise Children. 

30 November 2017

The reviews are in for A CHRISTMAS CAROL!

The reviews are in for A CHRISTMAS CAROL!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, is adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Matthew Warchus and has Sound Design by MLR’s Simon Baker. It runs at the Old Vic Theatre until January 2018. 

The Guardian ★★★★

“superb production”

“special mention has to be made of [the] music”

“This is Dickens done with love and affection”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/29/a-christmas-carol-review-rhys-ifans-old-vic-london-jack-thorne#img-2

 

The Times ★★★★

“a gorgeous production”

“It’s a magical night”

“inviting us to share the beauty, the carols, the joke, the snow (dress warm!)”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-a-christmas-carol-at-the-old-vic-se1-0gmpsd27h

 

The Stage ★★★★

“brings the magic of a carol service to the West End…an incredibly atmospheric production that makes superb use of the cathedral-like qualities of the Old Vic”

“music plays a large role, the choral arrangements brightening the theatre”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/christmas-carol-review-rhys-ifans-old-vic-london/

 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“some beautiful arrangements of carols, whose own lines of haunting poetry underscore the thrust of Dickens’s words”

“joyous”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/a-christmas-carol-review-rhys-ifans-brings-christmas-cheer-at-the-old-vic-a3705851.html

 

 

 

30 October 2017

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS opens at Shakespeare's Globe

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS opens at Shakespeare's Globe

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, with Music by Michael Kooman, Lyrics by Christopher Dimond and Book/Direction by Emma Rice, is on at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until January. 

It has Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley, Orchestrations by Simon Hale and Sound Design by Simon Baker.

Broadway World ★★★★★

“polished perfection”

“you really will leave the theatre "dancing on air" and beaming from ear to ear”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-ROMANTICS-ANONYMOUS-Sam-Wanamaker-Playhouse-20171027 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“a lush, piping delight to the ear”

“champions mould-breaking fearlessness”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/romantics-anonymous-emma-rice-champions-mould-breaking-fearlessness/

The Times ★★★★

“the Gallic songs played on acoustic instruments cast too strong a spell”

“an electric au revoir”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/theatre-review-romantics-anonymous-at-the-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-se1-5qqtx886m

TimeOut ★★★★

“The musical proves the ideal medium for the unspeakably shy: whimsical piano and woodwind-led songs give voice to the characters’ churning inner turmoil”

“something truly delicious”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/romantics-anonymous-review

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“A sweet treat of a new musical, wrapped in fun and fancy, and bound up with a ribbon of magic.”

“The acoustics are nigh-on perfect”

“the warmth and intimate nature of the songs are perfect for the romantic Sam Wanamaker Playhouse”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/romantics-anonymous-shakespeares-globe_44998.html?cid=homepage_news

The Stage ★★★★

“utterly gorgeous”

“It melts your heart and tickles your fancy, leaving you giddy with laughter, tearful and elated.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/romantics-anonymous-review-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-london-irresistible-treat/

The Independent ★★★★

"an attractive Gallic whimsy to...the undulating score (played by a spot-on four-piece band)"

"a gracious, big-hearted swansong – an intimate, delectably joyous mix of the silly and the stirring"

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/romantics-anonymous-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-review-emma-rice-a8027771.html

The Guardian ★★★★

"a multifaceted gem, chock-full of love, generosity and joy, and it fits the space like a glove"

"funny and heartbreakingly sad"

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/31/romantics-anonymous-review-sam-wanamaker-playhouse

The Financial Times ★★★★

"a delicate treat: tender and mischievous with darker undertones"

"rippling, witty Gallic-inflected score"

https://www.ft.com/content/fd7b95f2-bd5c-11e7-9836-b25f8adaa111?mhq5j=e7

 

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