Max Jones

Max Jones Portrait


Current and forthcoming productions include: ALL MY SONS (Old Vic) and NOISES OFF (Lyric Hammersmith). 

Credits include: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (UK Tour); MEEK (Headlong); CLOSE QUARTERSLOVE AND INFORMATION (Sheffield Crucible); CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, 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 EGGTHE CARETAKER (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour); THE YORK MYSTERY PLAYS (York Minster); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSEDUCATING RITAGLENGARY GLEN ROSSBRUISED, A DOLL’S HOUSEDANCING AT LUGHNASABLACKTHORNA SMALL FAMILY BUSINESSMARY STUARTMEASURE FOR MEASURETWO PRINCESTHE 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 REAPSPUR 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.

16 October 2018

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE delights audiences in Bath ahead of UK tour

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. 

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“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.”

Broadway World ★★★★★

“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” 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“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." 

The Stage ★★★★

“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”

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”


13 March 2017

Max Jones is Designer on THE HYPOCRITE at Hull Truck

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

29 September 2016

Max Jones & Tom Piper - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE goes on Tour

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.”

Lynn News

“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”

Entertainment Focus

“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.”  

23 September 2016

Max Jones is Designer on TRAINSPOTTING at Citizen’s Theatre

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 ★★★★★ 

“beautifully staged” 

“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.”

Scotsman ★★★★

“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.”

02 June 2016

Max Jones is Designer on the York Mystery Plays at York Minster

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”

One&Other Review

"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”

York Press

“survey the splendour of Max Jones's set” 

“magnificently staged”