Emma Laxton

Emma Laxton Portrait



Current and future credits include: EQUUS (West End); BLOOD WEDDING (Young Vic); PETER PAN (Birmingham Rep)

Theatre credits include: EMILIA (West End); RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (UK Tour); THE GLASS PIANO (Print Room); SUPERHOE (Royal Court); THE WRITER (Almeida); THE COUNTRY WIFE, RANDOM/GENERATIONS, THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN, FORTY YEARS ON (Chichester Festival Theatre); TITUS ANDRONICUS (RSC & Barbican Centre); JULIUS CAESAR (Sheffield Theatres);  THE YORK REALIST, 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); SWEET CHARITY (Nottingham Playhouse); 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); UNCLE VANYA, 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 & Derngate/Northern Stage); SAINTS (Nuffield); THE COLBY SISTERS OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (Tricycle Theatre); PESTS (Clean Break/Royal Exchange/Royal Court); MEASURE FOR MEASURE,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 & 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/ Bush Theatre); TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT (Northampton Theatre Royal); SISTERS (Sheffield Theatres); PORNOGRAPHY (Birmingham Rep/Traverse/ 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; Minetta Lane Theatre, New York; 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. 

16 May 2018

★★★★★ for RANDOM/GENERATIONS at Chichester Festival Theatre

★★★★★ for RANDOM/GENERATIONS at Chichester Festival Theatre

This revival of Debbie Tucker Green’s double bill of shorts portrays three generations of South African family onstage, exploring the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act. With Sound Design by Emma Laxton and Lighting Design by Joshua Pharo, now showing at the Chichester Festival Theatre

The Stage ★★★★★

“Green’s skill isn’t just in the stylised patterning of the language and the stuff unsaid. As Genesis Future Directors award-winner Tinuke Craig well understands, Green’s power to make you feel loss resides in her ability to write the joyous spontaneity of life.”



“Beautifully played and set amidst stylised bright colours and stark lighting by Alex Lowde and Joshua Drualus Pharo, this is a pitch-perfect evening of work, crushingly depressing in its import but uplifting and compassionate in its execution.”


The Guardian ★★★★

“This vivid, sorrowful, and often surprisingly comic evening offers the stage as a site of memorial, a place to remember and to deal with the trauma of grief. Memory is both a comfort and an agony. In Generations, the grandparents who have buried their children and grandchildren remain locked in a single memory of a joyful day of family banter and jokiness that took place around the kitchen stove where a spicy stew endlessly bubbled.”


The Times ★★★★

It’s hard to evoke an absence on stage: to make an audience feel, deeply, what is no longer there. The playwright Debbie Tucker Green does it two times over here, in the director Tinuke Craig’s outstanding revival of two of her short plays.”



14 February 2018

THE YORK REALIST opens at the Donmar Warehouse

THE YORK REALIST opens at the Donmar Warehouse

THE YORK REALIST by Peter Gill and Directed by Robert Hastie, opened last night at the Donmar Warehouse. It has Sound Design by Emma Laxton. 

The Evening Standard ★★★★★

“From this one kitchen comes a world of emotion.”

“nothing can match a production of exquisite naturalism. This is what director Robert Hastie lays lovingly before us in this rich, detailed and atmospheric revival”


The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“the Welsh playwright-director has rarely been better served than by this emotional stealth bomb of a revival”

“piercing sensitivity and lingering power.”


The Guardian ★★★★

“unforgettably showing how, in England, class both was, and probably always will be, a dividing factor”

“excellent revival of Gill’s 2001 play about class, sex and divided loyalties brings out its poetry”


Timeout ★★★★

“subtle exploration of place and class”

“the stifling power of their closeness still bites”


WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“an overwhelmingly moving revival of a play that forms a great tribute to Gill's profound writing”

“an overwhelming sense of the transformative power of art”


The Stage ★★★★

“a masterpiece of subtext”

“the play’s many silences are taut, full of pregnant promise that the 1960s would be a decade of social change, and retrospective bitterness at how far we’ve got to go.”




24 July 2017

Max Jones and Emma Laxton are Designer and Sound Designer on THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN

Max Jones and Emma Laxton are Designer and Sound Designer on THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN

Written by Deborah Bruce and Directed by Jeremy Herrin, THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN is Designed by MLR’s Max Jones and has Sound Designs by Emma Laxton. It runs at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester until 5th August.


The Evening Standard ★★★★

“beautifully realised in Max Jones’s design”

“What an intriguing, slow-burn piece this is”



The Financial Times ★★★★

“Max Jones’ jaw-dropping set”

“Jones pulls off a simple yet glorious coup at the end of each half”



The Stage ★★★★

“is a subtle and surprising play that turns from the bleakest of comedies into a tender story of hope”

“the living room of a Victorian London terrace protrudes like an archaeological cross-section which designer Max Jones has layered with hoarded belongings”



The Times ★★★★

“unmistakably has good bones, as well as a big heart”

“an affecting plea for compassion and generosity. Simple, sincere — and relevant, wherever you happen to live”



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” 



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." 



WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“the arresting and almost cinematic use of sound”

“chillingly effective”



The Stage ★★★★ 

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

“powerful statement of artistic intent”



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!” 


Reviews Hub ★★★★ 


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 ★★★★


What’s On Stage ★★★★


London Theatre ★★★★




The London Ecomonic ★★★★ 


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.”


Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★

“worthy of the West End”

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


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” 


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.”


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”


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.”


The Telegraph ★★★★

“definitely worth a look”

“a polished creation”


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.”


The Stage ★★★★ 

“A beautifully realised work in every respect” 


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” 


Birmingham Mail ★★★★

“Simply magical.” 


Behind the Arras ★★★★★

“a cracking show” 

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


Broadway World

“a perfect fit for the festive season”