Hayley Grindle

Hayley Grindle Portrait


Current and future projects include: AS YOU LIKE IT (Queens Theatre Hornchurch, National Theatre Public Acts)

Theatre credits include: HAMLET (Leeds Playhouse); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Hull Truck); ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Sherman Cymru); DOUBLE VISION (Wales Millennium Centre); ROAD (West Yorkshire Playhouse); TREMOR (Sherman Cymru); IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT (Sherman Cymru, Edinburgh, National Theatre, 59E59 New York); ROMEO AND JULIET (West Yorkshire Playhosue); THE BORROWERS (Sherman Cymru); WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble, National Theatre of Wales & Wales Millennium Centre); MADE IN DAGENHAM (Queens Theatre Hornchurch & New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); FLARE PATH (UK Tour); THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE (Manchester International Festival); LITTLE SURE SHOT (Bath Theatre Royal, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Tour); CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE & BRITAINS BEST RECRUITING OFFICER (Unicorn Theatre); ARABIAN NIGHTS & THE UGLY DUCKLING (Sherman Theatre); BUT FIRST THIS, ALL MY SONS, THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE, OF MICE AND MEN, TREASURE ISLAND, WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Watermill Theatre); A TASTE OF HONEY (Hull Truck & Derby Theatre); WANTED! ROBIN HOOD, ARABIAN NIGHTS (Manchester Library Theatre); AS YOU LIKE IT (Transport); PRIVATE EAR and PUBLIC EYE (Original Theatre Company/ Yvonne Arnaud Guildford); COOKING WITH ELVIS (Derby Theatre), FANTASTIC MR FOX  (Singapore Repertory Theatre), THE BOY WHO FELL INTO A BOOK, MONGREL ISLAND (Soho Theatre); THE BALLROOM OF JOYS AND SORROWS (Kate Flatt productions/ Watford Palace Theatre); GOD IN RUINS (RSC); LITTLE VOICE, MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD, PETER PAN (The Dukes, Lancaster); TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT (New Wolsey, Ipswich); KING LEAR (BMW Plant); THE GENTLEMEN’S TEA DRINKING SOCIETY (Ransom Productions, Belfast);  MUSCLE (Bristol Old Vic / Hull Truck); TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Guildhall Drama School); AMDANI, DIWRNOD DWYNWEN (Script Cymu); GHETTO, GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Watford Palace Theatre); ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH, SCENT, ARAABEL’S RAVEN, SHOA, ORPHEUS (The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); THE MIKADO (Welsh National Youth Opera); BOB, THE MAN ON THE MOON (Travelling light); INVISIBLE  (Transport / New Wolsey Theatre);  ALL THE WAY HOME (Manchester Library Theatre) HEIDI, ANIMAL FARM, THE FRENCH DETECTIVE AND THE BLUE DOG, THE NUTCRACKER, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, BEN HUR, HIS DARK MATERIALS, BLUE ROOM, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Theatre Royal Bath). 

Hayley was recipient of the Paul Kimpton Prize for Innovation - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT has won multiple awards, including the 2015 UK Theatre award for Best New Play and the 2015 James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

14 March 2017

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is given a vibrant new staging in Amy Leach’s production, designed by Hayley Grindle with lighting by Joshua Carr. Running in Leeds until the 25th March.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“It’s notable how, as the action progresses, the pillars and flyovers of Hayley Grindle’s set accrue the increasingly familiar sight of cellophane-wrapped flowers signifying pointless, premature deaths.”

“a hot and hormonal Romeo and Juliet”


The Stage ★★★★

“A thrilling, intelligent and intense vision of youth destroyed by hatred” 


The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Hayley Grindle’s spare set, all concrete walkways and harsh sunlight proves infinitely adaptable”

“an involving, energetic update which takes risks and largely succeeds”


The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.”

“excellent production”

“creative and imaginative adaptation” 


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”


01 February 2016

Hayley Grindle is Designer on IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at the National Theatre.

Hayley Grindle is Designer on IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at the National Theatre.

Gary Owen’s powerful one-woman show transfers to the Temporary Theatre at the National until the 20th of February. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“a raw, real, gut-punching wake up call, a play that demands that we look, and act, before it's too late.” 

“brilliantly taught production”


Evening Standard ★★★★★ 

“sharply focused production” 

“painfully vivid…devastatingly funny.” 


The Telegraph ★★★★★

“shakes you violently and then pummels your heart.”

“production is spare, marked out by a few jagged strip lights across the floor (evoking various settings, including a garish nighclub and an overcrowded doctor’s surgery) and on the back wall where they give the impression of collapsed Venetian blinds.”


The Guardian ★★★★

“Hayley Grindle’s design…conjures a world illuminated by bare strip lighting and sadness.”


A Younger Theatre

“you will leave shocked, emotional and incredibly intrigued.”

“a five star performance” 

“every element fits like a perfect puzzle.”