Current and forthcoming productions include: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Bunkamura, Tokyo) and ALL MY SONS (Old Vic);
Credits include: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (UK Tour); MEEK (Headlong); CLOSE QUARTERS, LOVE AND INFORMATION (Sheffield Crucible); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Bunkamura, Tokyo); THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN (Headlong and Chichester Festival Theatre); THE HYPOCRITE (RSC); TRAINSPOTTING; A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, THE CARETAKER (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour); THE YORK MYSTERY PLAYS (York Minster); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, EDUCATING RITA, GLENGARY GLEN ROSS, BRUISED, A DOLL’S HOUSE, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, BLACKTHORN, A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS, MARY STUART, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, TWO PRINCES, THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Theatre Clywd); THE CRUCIBLE, BRILLIANT ADVENTURES, MISS JULIE (Royal Exchange); ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Japan); THE LADY FROM THE SEA (Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru); BLASTED (The Other Room); THE BROKEN HEART, THE TEMPEST (Shakespeare’s Globe); QUEEN COAL (Sheffield Theatres); THE SHOEMAKERS HOLIDAY, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Royal Shakespeare Company); PLAY STRINDBERG (Ustinov, Bath); TRUE WEST (Citizens Theatre Glasgow & Tricycle, UK Theatre Award nomination,); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Japan); OF MICE AND MEN (West Yorkshire Playhouse); THE WINTER’S TALE (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A TIME TO REAP, SPUR OF THE MOMENT (Royal Court); COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Welsh National Opera & UK tour); TWIST OF GOLD (Polka Theatre); FATHERLAND (Gate and Munich); THE HARD MAN (King’s Edinburgh and UK Tour); PARTY (Arts Theatre); MAD FOREST (JMK Award, BAC); DUMB SHOW (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); SWEENEY TODD (Welsh National Youth Opera); THE LIFE OF RYAN… AND RONNIE (Script Cymru) and SALT MEETS WOUND (Theatre 503).
Max has worked extensively as a costume assistant for major feature film.
Max is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and was a winner of the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2001. He was formerly an Associate Artist at Theatre Clwyd under Terry Hands.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE delights audiences in Bath ahead of UK tour
This new touring version of Lee Hall’s 2014 stage adaptation features a Design by Max Jones and Music by Paddy Cunneen.
“a complete and utter invigorating joy”
“the evening’s pleasure resides, naturally enough, in its lusty theatricality… The timing is spot on, the scene enlivened (mellowed too) by period-faithful music and dance.”
“Max Jones's cleverly compact design also serves the atmosphere well… Though minimalist, it feels incredibly vibrant as the actors run, dance and duel their way through”
“Paddy Cunneen's score is by turns joyful and haunting”
“Max Jones' Elizabethan playhouse set revolves effectively into ballrooms and bedchambers and provides a Noises Off backstage tour-de-force moment as a prompt script is tossed to-and-fro as Romeo and Juliet play in the background.”
“a cracking love letter to theatre itself and strikes gold in its stage version."
“Max Jones` magnificent Shakespearean playhouse set cocoons a love story echoing that of Romeo and Juliet itself, most poignantly when their awakening from their first night together mirrors that of the play.”
“Composer Paddy Cunneen employs both lute and recorder for the lyrical Renaissance-style score”
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”
Max Jones is Designer on THE HYPOCRITE at Hull Truck
Richard Bean’s new play, a collaboration between the RSC and Hull Truck for Hull City of Culture, is directed by Phillip Breen and plays at Hull Truck until the 25th March.
The Guardian ★★★★
“raucously merry piece”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“a brilliantly entertaining new farce”
“a scabrous, bawdy, witty, often flagrantly silly love-letter to Hull”
The Yorkshire Post
Max Jones & Tom Piper - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE goes on Tour
Following sell-out performances at Regent's Park Theatre, Simon Reade’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel goes on Tour across the UK until February 2017. Designed by Max Jones with Costumes by Tom Piper.
Eastern Daily Press
“Everything about this production sparkles”
“Designer Max Jones’s set is a star in itself, with the action revolving from Mr Darcy’s Pemberley estate to Netherfield and the Bennet family home.”
“funny, exciting and clever.”
“Staging was a particular highlight, and although minimalistic, was a fitting backdrop to the complex story – the revolving structure was a clever and simplistic way of showing a change in place.”
Broadway World ★★★★
“Max Jones's excellent use of the revolve stage”
London Theatre 1 ★★★★
“designer Max Jones’s ingenious set. This rotates us through the glorious landscapes”
Get Surrey ★★★★★
“full of wit, wonder, a charming cast and a stunning musical score to couple the beauty of the show”
“set designer Max Jones employs a flexible revolving stage to switch between interior and exterior locations with a wrought iron effect to portray a sense of wealth and prosperity. Minimalistic but effective.”
“the production looks good and has good comic vigour and timing.”
Max Jones is Designer on TRAINSPOTTING at Citizen’s Theatre
Harry Gibson’s 1994 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s iconic novel is revived in Glasgow directed by Gareth Nicholls, playing until the 8th October.
Broadway World ★★★★★
“everything a theatre production should be.”
“hard-hitting, emotional, visually spectacular”
“an absolute must-see.”
The independent ★★★★
“Max Jones’ design places the action in a setting which is resonant of a Scottish council estate in the 1980s; grey-harled, closed-curtain flats loom above with a sense of murky claustrophobia, while the action occurs in the recess below, strip-lit and washed-out.
“crackles with a raw new power.”
The Guardian ★★★★
“the superb set design by Max Jones, a desolate, stripped-back stage, often bare but for a mattress sheltering under the edifice of an Edinburgh high-rise, all boarded-up windows and cold grey concrete.”
“speaks loudly, scabrously and irreverently about urban alienation and young lives under pressure.”
The National Scot
“Designer’s Max Jones and Philip Gladwell took the work of Francis Bacon as their main inspiration, the harsh fluorescence of daily reality recalling the monochrome portraits of Bacon in his chaotic studio, the uterine red of his nightmarish paintings backdropping the altered states of opiate bliss and grotesque cold turkey. There are at least four definite visual “wow” moments here, with images and segues as memorable as those from Boyle’s film.”
“a bleak, fast-moving set by Max Jones with fine lighting by Philip Gladwell, this emerges as a Trainspotting to remember; full of stage pictures that sear themselves on the mind”
The Herald ★★★★
“delivered in a full-on Leith Walk demotic framed by designer Max Jones’ strip-lit breezeblock wasteland.”
“Twenty-two years after its first staging, and with austerity biting deeper than ever, Trainspotting now looks fiercely of the moment.”
Max Jones is Designer on the York Mystery Plays at York Minster
The Mystery Plays, employing over 200 community cast members, sees the Nave of York’s famous Minster transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre to dramatise sacred history from the creation to the Last Judgment.
Since the 1300s, the York Mystery Plays have entertained residents and visitors to the city. For only the second time in their near 700-year history, the Plays have returned to York Minster for a breath-taking production in York’s most iconic building.
Max has joined an award winning artistic team, including director Phillip Breen, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and writer Mike Poulton.
The Mystery Plays will be playing until the 30th June.
The Reviews Hub ★★★★★
“magnificent design by Max Jones with Ruth Hall set the scene for a visual masterpiece”
The Guardian ★★★★
“many breathtaking visual coups engineered throughout the course of the evening.”
“The apocalyptic tenor…is vividly realised”
"The ambitious staging is awe-inspiring"
"Max Jones’ clever, attractive production design, stages and costumes dominate the Minster”
British Theatre Guide
“It's the design which, for me, is the star here. Max Jones and Ruth Hall's intelligent work fills the voluminous vertical space of the Minster's nave”
“a production of memorable spectacle”
“survey the splendour of Max Jones's set”