Emma Laxton

Emma Laxton Portrait

SOUND DESIGNER

Current and forthcoming work includes: THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN (Chichester Festival Theatre); and TITUS ANDRONICUS (RSC).

Theatre credits include: JULIUS CAESAR (Sheffield Theatres); FORTY YEARS ON (Chichester Festival Theatre); LIMEHOUSE (Donmar Warehouse); SEE ME NOW (Young Vic); BREAKING THE CODE, ALL MY SONS, A DOLL’S HOUSE, THREE BIRDS, THE ACCRINGTON PALS, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Royal Exchange); GHOSTS, THE ORESTEIA (HOME Theatre, Manchester); MADE IN DAGENHAM (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); BOYS WILL BE BOYS (Headlong & Bush Theatre); OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME (Headlong, UK Tour); SCHISM, CARTHAGE (Finbrorough Theatre); EASTER RISING AND THEREAFTER (Jermyn Street Theatre); GREAT EXPECTATIONS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); ELIZABETH (Royal Opera House); THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (Birmingham Rep); WUTHERING HEIGHTS, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, CONSENSUAL (NYT); THE EFFECT (Sheffield Theatres); HENRY THE FIFTH (Unicorn Theatre, Imaginate Festival); ALL MY SONS (Talawa Theatre, UK Tour); HELLO/GOODBYE, THE BLACKEST BLACK, #AIWW: THE ARREST OF AI WEI WEI, LAY DOWN YOUR CROSS, BLUE HEART AFTERNOON (Hampstead Theatre); EACH HIS OWN WILDERNESS, WIDOWER’S HOUSE (Orange Tree Theatre); ACCOLADE (St James Theatre); CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Royal Exchange, Royal and Derngate and Northern Stage); PITCAIRN (Out of Joint, Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour); SAINTS (Nuffield); THE COLBY SISTERS OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (Tricycle Theatre); PESTS (Clean Break, Royal Exchange & Royal Court); CORIOLANUS, BERENICE, THE PHYSICISTS, MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Donmar Warehouse); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Old Vic); nut (National Theatre); OMG! (Sadlers Wells, The Place & Company of Angels); THERE ARE MOUNTAINS (Clean Break, HMP Askham Grange); THE PROMISE (Donmar Warehouse at Trafalgar Studios); YOU CAN STILL MAKE A KILLING (Southwark Playhouse); THE SACRED FLAME (English Touring Theatre); BLACK T-SHIRT COLLECTION (Fuel UK Tour and National Theatre); INVISIBLE (Transport UK Tour & Luxemborg); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Wyndhams Theatre, West End), PRECIOUS LITTLE TALENT (Trafalgar Studios), WHERE’S MY SEAT, LIKE A FISHBONE, THE WHISKEY TASTER, IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET, 2ND MAY 1997, APOLOGIA, THE CONTINGENCY PLAN, WRECKS, BROKEN SPACE SEASON, 2000 FEET AWAY (Bush Theatre); CHARGED (Clean Break, Soho Theatre); MEN SHOULD WEEP (National Theatre); MY ROMANTIC HISTORY (Sheffield Theatres and Bush Theatre); TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT (Northampton Theatre Royal); SISTERS (Sheffield Theatres); Pornography (Birmingham Rep/Traverse and Tricycle Theatre); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (National Theatre); Europe (Dundee Rep/Barbican Pit).

Emma was previously Deputy Head of Sound for the Royal Court where her designs include: THE WESTBRIDGE (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and Theatre Local), THE HERETIC, OFF THE ENDZ!, TUSK TUSK, FACES IN THE CROWD, THAT FACE (and Duke of York’s Theatre, West End), GONE TOO FAR!, CATCH, SCENES FROM THE BACK OF BEYOND, WOMAN AND A SCARECROW, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST DIAMOND, INCOMPLETE AND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE (and Playhouse Theatre, West End and Minetta Lane Theatre, New York and Galway Festival and Edinburgh Festival), BONE, THE WEATHER, BEAR HUG, TERRORISM, FOOD CHAIN.

Emma was the Associate Sound Designer for the National Theatre’s production of WAR HORSE and was previously an Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre.

Emma won the Falstaff Award for Best Sound Design/Original Score for her work on CORIOLANUS at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. 

25 May 2017

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on JULIUS CAESAR

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on JULIUS CAESAR

The inaugural show in Rob Hastie’s first season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, JULIUS CAESAR has sound designs by Emma Laxton. It runs until 10th June.

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“a thrilling take on an increasingly resonant play”

“firmly contemporary” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/25/julius-caesar-review-political-thriller-shakespeare-sheffield-crucible

  

The Telegraph ★★★★

“the Shakespeare we need to see” 

“brooding electronic soundtrack is the sound of a storm about to break” 

“The final, dystopian-flavoured scenes, as Brutus picks his way through a wrecked debating chamber, to the sound of a distant flapping bird, are flooded with real poignancy." 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/poignant-take-shakespeares-political-tragedy-julius-caesar/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“the arresting and almost cinematic use of sound”

“chillingly effective”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/julius-caesar-crucible-theatre_43673.html

 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Impressive debut from Sheffield's new artistic director is a pertinent display of over-reached power”

“powerful statement of artistic intent”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/julius-caesar-review-sheffield-crucible/

 

 
03 May 2017

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on 40 YEARS ON at Chichester Festival Theatre

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on 40 YEARS ON at Chichester Festival Theatre

Daniel Evans directs Alan Bennett’s first ever play, playing in Chichester until 20th May. 

Telegraph ★★★★

“we get beautifully organised chaos; knobbly knees and youthful spirit, stooped shoulders and adult regret. I laughed a lot, I misted up a bit…t…. I don’t believe it – it works!” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/forty-years-chichester-festival-review-one-biggest-gambles/

Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/40-years-on-chichester-festival-theatre/

 
24 February 2017

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on SEE ME NOW at the Young Vic

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on SEE ME NOW at the Young Vic

Eleven people who are, or have been, sex workers – male, female, and transgender – tell their stories in this powerful show, playing at the Young Vic until the 4th of March.

The Independent ★★★★

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/see-me-now-review-young-vic-mimi-poskitt-prostitution-sex-worker-a7590261.html

What’s On Stage ★★★★

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/see-me-now-young-vic-theatre_42937.html

London Theatre ★★★★

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/review-of-see-me-now-at-the-young-vic-theatre

Spectator

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/very-little-theatre-is-important-or-valuable-this-is-young-vics-see-me-now-reviewed/ 

The London Ecomonic ★★★★ 

http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/entertainment/arts/theatre-review-see-now-old-vic/20/02/

 
06 September 2016

Hayley Grindle, Tim Jackson & Emma Laxton open MADE IN DAGENHAM in Hornchurch

Hayley Grindle, Tim Jackson & Emma Laxton open MADE IN DAGENHAM in Hornchurch

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich present the regional premiere of MADE IN DAGENHAM Designed by Hayley Grindle, Choreographed by Tim Jackson and with Sound Design by Emma Laxton. Running until 17th Sept.

London Theatre 1 ★★★★★

“A stunning and sensational show manufactured to a superb standard.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/145829/5-star-made-in-dagenham-queens-theatre-hornchurch/ 

Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★

“worthy of the West End”

“best show I’ve seen at the Queen’s Theatre”

http://musicaltheatrereview.com/made-in-dagenham-queens-theatre-hornchurch/ 

Evening Standard ★★★★ 

“joyous revival”

“a great night’s entertainment.” 

“lovely, lively production, staged with a charismatic group of actor-musicians on a sensibly spare set, bubbles with ebullient good humour” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/made-in-dagenham-theatre-review-underrated-show-gets-a-joyous-revival-a3333131.html

The Stage ★★★★ 

“powerful British musical”

“heartfelt and sincere”

“a far grittier integrity as Hayley Grindle's deliberately dowdy designs whisk us, with little change of setting, from factory floor to union meetings and domestic scenes.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/made-in-dagenham-review-at-queens-theatre-hornchurch/ 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“It’s all stripped back and simple: props are handed on, the breakfast teapot is popped back in the factory locker, one scene is overlaid on another.” 

“so much fun”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/made-in-dagenham-queens-theatre-hornchurch/  

 
12 January 2016

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on ELIZABETH for the Royal Opera House.

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on ELIZABETH for the Royal Opera House.

Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky dance Will Tuckett’s work of dance, music and theatre, exploring the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth at the intimate Linbury Studio Theatre at Covent Garden. Playing until the 17th of January.

The Guardian ★★★★

“a fascinating collage of voices”

“Elegantly performed and intelligently crafted, this is dance theatre of quiet but passionate depth.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/11/elizabeth-review-will-tuckett-carlos-acosta

The Telegraph ★★★★

“definitely worth a look”

“a polished creation”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/dance/what-to-see/elizabeth-linbury-studio-covent-garden-review-an-entertaining-fi/

The Arts Desk ★★★★ 

“a tremendous piece from a well-chosen band of creatives at the top of their respective games. I can only hope that it will be revived so more people have the chance to appreciate it.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/elizabeth-royal-ballet

The Stage ★★★★ 

“A beautifully realised work in every respect” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/elizabeth-review-at-the-royal-opera-houses-linbury-studio-london-beautiful/

 
02 December 2015

Tim Jackson and Emma Laxton open THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Birmingham Rep

Tim Jackson and Emma Laxton open THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Birmingham Rep

This festive classic is staged in a brand new production, directed by Tessa Walker. With Sound Design by Emma Laxton and Tim Jackson as Musical Supervisor and Arranger, THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE plays until 16th of January. 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“CS Lewis’ children’s classic is given a new lease of life in a show packed full of magic, puppetry and music” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-review-at-birmingham-rep-magic/

Birmingham Mail ★★★★

“Simply magical.” 

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/lion-witch-wardrobe-simply-magical-10520042

Behind the Arras ★★★★★

“a cracking show” 

“The pleasant music…makes an important impact on the production”

http://www.behindthearras.com/Reviewspr/ReviewsPRNov-Dec2015/The-lion2-BR11-15.html

Broadway World

“a perfect fit for the festive season”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/BWW-Reviews-THE-LION-THE-WITCH-THE-WARDROBE-Birmingham-Rep-Theatre-December-1-2015-20151202

 
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