Tom Piper

Tom Piper Portrait

DESIGNER

Current and future projects include: THE RAKE’S PROGRESS (Wilton’s Music Hall); OPEN HOUSE (Ustinov Theatre) THE BOX OF DELIGHTS (Wilton’s Music Hall); THE GREAT WAVE (Tricycle Theatre, NT); MISS LITTLEWOOD and ROMEO AND JULIET (RSC).

Theatre designs include:BAYADERE (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Sadlers Wells); BOUDICA (Shakespeare’s Globe); RHINOCEROUS, HAY FEVER (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); FRANKENSTEIN and HEDDA GABLER (Northern Stage); THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO SCRIPTURES (Hampstead Theatre); HARROGATE (HighTide & Royal Court); PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (RSC & UK Tour); CARMEN LA CUBANA (Le Chatelet, Paris); ENDGAME, HAMLET, LIBERTINE, KING LEAR (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); RED VELVET (West End, Tricycle Theatre & New York); A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND (Tricycle Theatre); THE KING’S SPEECH (Birmingham Rep, Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour); MERMAID (Shared Experience); TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT (Theatre For a New Audience, New York); BAKERSFIELD MIST (West End); THE BIG MEAL (Theatre Royal Bath & Hightide Festival); BRACKEN MOOR (Shared Experience & Tricycle Theatre); ZORRO (West End, Tour, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Atlanta); GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, VERA, VERA, VERA (Royal Court Theatre & Theatre Local); RICHARD III, THE TEMPEST and AS YOU LIKE IT (Bridge Project at BAM and the Old Vic); DEALER’S CHOICE (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End); FALL (RSC at the Traverse); SPYSKI (Lyric Hammersmith and tour); THE SCARECROW AND HIS SERVANT (Southwark Playhouse); PLOUGH AND THE STARS, THE CRUCIBLE and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (Abbey, Dublin). Costume designs include: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE & A WINTER’S TALE (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).

Tom was the Associate Designer of the RSC for ten years. His recent work there includes THE SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY, LOVE FOR LOVE, CHRISTMAS TRUCE, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA in a new edit by Tarell Alvin McCraney (RSC/Miami/New York), BORIS GODUNOV, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, MACBETH and CITY MADAM, the Histories Cycle (Courtyard Theatre and at the Roundhouse), designing RICHARD II, HENRY IV – PARTS 1 and 2, HENRY V, HENRY VI – PARTS 1, 2 and 3 and RICHARD III for which he won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Set Design, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE GRAIN STORE, THE DRUNKS, HAMLET, KING LEAR, THE TEMPEST

Opera includes: PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE, EUGENE ONEGIN (Garsington Opera); ORFEO (Royal Opera House & Roundhouse); FALSTAFF, MACBETH (Scottish Opera).

Elsewhere Tom has worked at the NT, the Donmar, the Royal Opera House, Soho Theatre, Dundee Rep, Bush Theatre, Gate Dublin, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and in the West End.

Installations/Exhibitions include: DR BLIGHTY (Nutkhut, 14-18 NOW); BLOOD SWEPT LAND AND SEAS OF RED (Tower of London 2014, and UK Tour, 2015 – 2018, with artist Paul Cummins, and in collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects: CURTAIN UP (V&A and Lincoln Centre New York, 2016); BLOOD (Jewish Museum, 2015-2016); STAGING THE WORLD (Shakespeare Exhibition as part of the Cultural Olympiad, British Museum, 2012)

Tom received an MBE for services to Theatre and First World War commemorations in 2015. BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED has won numerous awards, including, amongst others, a Museum and Heritage award & a Southbank Sky Arts award; and with Paul Cummins, he was named The Telegraph’s Briton of the Year 2014. A series of installations featuring the two sculptural pieces from the installation, designed by Tom, are on tour around the UK until 2018.

14 September 2017

Tom Piper Designs BOUDICA at Shakespeare's Globe

Tom Piper Designs BOUDICA at Shakespeare's Globe

BOUDICA, by Tristan Bernays and Directed by Eleanor Rhode is Designed by MLR’s Tom Piper. It runs at Shakespeare’s Globe until October 1st.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“Tom Piper's magnificent set with its huge, gilded wooden planks that move to create fortresses, woodlands”

“a thrilling, challenging and thoroughly disturbing examination of one of Britain's bloodiest – and feistiest – patriots”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/boudica-shakespeare-globe-gina-mckee_44616.html?cid=homepage_news

Broadway World ★★★★★

“Piper's costumes are wonderful”

“exactly the kind of brave, bold work that needs to be continually championed, especially in venues such as this”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-BOUDICA-Shakespeares-Globe-20170913 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s timbered set disintegrates to good effect”

“holds the stage with confidence”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/sep/14/boudica-review-gina-mckee-brexit-shakespeares-globe-london

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“impressively energetic and makes bold use of the Globe’s space”

“raucous production delights in its rawness”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/boudica-theatre-review-gina-mckees-warrior-queen-brings-mix-of-ferocity-and-dignity-a3634506.html

 

 

07 August 2017

Tom Piper is the Set/Costume Designer on RHINOCEROS

Tom Piper is the Set/Costume Designer on RHINOCEROS

RHINOCEROS, by Eugene Ionesco, in a new version by Zinnie Harris, is Designed by Tom Piper. It is playing at the Lyceum Theatre as part of EIF.

The Scotsman ★★★★★

“Sometimes, a theatre show appears that not only captures the moment, but takes full possession of it, and slams it straight through the goalposts of the time we live in”

“blazing with theatrical energy and wit”

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/edinburgh-festivals/theatre-review-rhinoceros-1-4524397

Arts Desk ★★★★★

"Tom Piper’s starkly beautiful set designs becoming increasingly claustrophobic as the evening progresses."

"this Rhinoceros is a remarkable achievement, a chilling reminder of how simple it is for humans to discard their humanity, as hilarious as it is desperate, and as urgent as it is compelling."

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/edinburgh-festival-2017-reviews-rhinoceros-flight

Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★

“The heightened style … is reflected in the costumes from Tom Piper…incredible”

“a fantastic night at the theatre”

http://www.edinburghguide.com/festival/2017/edinburghinteractivefestival/eif2017rhinoceroslyceumtheatrereview-18222

The Times ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s multilevel white-on-white set fits together like a vertical jigsaw”

“Beastly, but in a good way”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edinburgh-theatre-review-rhinoceros-at-the-lyceum-theatre-0gbft88j0

Exeunt

“The set design by Tom Piper is a modernist maze of moving parts”

“In opposition to the ‘let’s go back to nature’ furore happening largely off-stage, the set design does civilisation art gallery style”

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-rhinoceros-royal-lyceum-edinburgh/?source=pop

The Independent ★★★★ 

"Tom Piper’s shifting set of all-white platforms" 

"far smarter than a bit of one-note topical satire based on current talking points."

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/edinburgh-international-festival-rhinoceros-royal-lyceum-theatre-review-far-smarter-than-a-one-note-a7886551.html 

The Scotsman

"a bold, brilliant production"

"And as the walls close in on Piper’s set, confining and constraining Berenger’s very movements, the temptation to run with the pack grows ever more intense."

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/edinburgh-festivals/edinburgh-international-festival-highlights-martin-creed-meow-meow-s-little-mermaid-and-more-1-4530718

The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★

"Designer, Tom Piper`s modular set allows dimensional transitions that increasingly compress movement."

"Maddeningly compulsive"

"A compelling, premier tour d`farce."

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/08/edinburgh-international-festival-2017-review-rhinoceros/

19 June 2017

Tom Piper is Designer on PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at Garsington Opera

Tom Piper is Designer on PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at Garsington Opera

Michael Boyd and Tom Piper stage Debussy’s opera with conductor Jac van Steen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in its Garsington debut. Running until the 7th July.  

The Guardian ★★★★

“a striking achievement that blends tradition with innovation to shed fresh light on the opera’s complexities.”

“the decrepit enclosure of Tom Piper’s gothic set” 

“An innovative, striking production” 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/18/pelleas-et-melisande-review-garsington-opera-debussy-mysterious-fairytale

Opera Today

“Piper’s intricate set fuses the antique with the modern and embraces Maeterlinck’s allegory with the meticulousness of a pre-Raphaelite painter. The designer captures the realism of Maeterlinck’s natural world and decadent decay as well as the symbolic blindness of his text. The result is a timeless world of fairy-tale and scenic enchantment, allied with a tangible emotional drama” 

“with his designer Tom Piper, Boyd brings the opera’s dreams and mysteries into landscapes that are lit, symbolically and figuratively, with precision.” 

“Piper’s set is a huge arching ‘cave’ which enfolds and encloses multiple terrains”

“Boyd and Piper manage both to tell the (fairy-)tale and protect its intangibility.” 

http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/06/pelleas_et_meli.php

The Stage ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s single set is inspired by the decayed magnificence of disused theatres in Detroit, whose distressed grandeur matches the work’s fin de siècle atmosphere perfectly.”

“beautiful and devastating”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/pelleas-et-melisande-review-garsington-wormsley/

20 March 2017

Tom Piper is Designer on HAY FEVER at the Edinburgh Lyceum

Tom Piper is Designer on HAY FEVER at the Edinburgh Lyceum

Dominic Hill directs Noël Coward's comedy, playing in Edinburgh until the 1st April before moving to the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow. 

Edinburgh Guide ★★★★ 

“the set for this production from Tom Piper is of lugubrious brown with utterly authentic looking furniture that’s lit with a 30 watt feel of the time. The attention to detail results in a faithful period rendition not least in the utterly gorgeous and immaculately created costumes that are the sartorial icing on that cake.” 

http://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/theatre/hayfeverlyceumtheatrereview-17831

The Times ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s set design provides just enough detail to convey the comfortably moth-eaten atmosphere of the Bliss residence.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-hay-fever-at-the-royal-lyceum-edinburgh-3mq7pbjjj

The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/03/theatre-review-hay-fever-at-the-lyceum/ 

The Stage

“comic splendour”

“crisp production”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/hay-fever-review-lyceum-theatre-edinburgh-light-froth/ 

The Herald Scotland ★★★★ 

“Tom Piper's exquisitely exposed set”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15158030.__39_The_most_human_of_comedies___39__Review__Hay_Fever__Royal_Lyceum_Theatre__Edinburgh/ 

Edinburgh News ★★★★ 

“amid the deconstructed grandeur of Tom Piper’s skeletal Bliss family home” 

“certainly a staging not be sneezed at.”

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/review-hay-fever-1-4392906

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.”

http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/review_jane_austen_s_classic_story_sparkles_on_stage_at_norwich_theatre_royal_1_4714778

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.”

http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-and-comedy/review-pride-and-prejudice-at-norwich-theatre-royal-1-7601985 

Broadway World ★★★★

“Max Jones's excellent use of the revolve stage”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-PRIDE-AND-PREJUDICE-Bromley-Churchill-Theatre-22-September-2016-20160923# 

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“designer Max Jones’s ingenious set. This rotates us through the glorious landscapes”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/148028/pride-and-prejudice-churchill-theatre-bromley-review/ 

Get Surrey ★★★★★

“full of wit, wonder, a charming cast and a stunning musical score to couple the beauty of the show”

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/pride-prejudice-review-felicity-montagu-11885186

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.”

http://www.entertainment-focus.com/theatre-section/theatre-reviews/pride-and-prejudice-review/  

06 June 2016

Tom Piper is Designer on EUGENE ONEGIN at Garsington Opera

Tom Piper is Designer on EUGENE ONEGIN at Garsington Opera

Michael Boyd’s production of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance plays at Garsington until 7th July.

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Tom Piper’s handsome and adaptable period designs”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/eugene-onegin-review-at-garsington/  

The Telegraph ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s designs are splendid”

 

“an altogether exhilarating performance.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opera/what-to-see/eugene-onegine-garsington-opera-wormsley-natalya-romaniw-review/  

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“shattering.” 

“Designer Tom Piper…make deft use of Garsington's evening sunshine to bathe the opening scene in Madame Larina's garden in natural light, while the decision to stage the first-act ball within cramped confines not only means the later, grander affair has maximum impact but also ensures we miss none of the reactions to Onegin's impulsive behaviour.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/oxford-theatre/reviews/eugene-onegin-garsington-opera-at-wormsley_40798.html

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

“keeps the voltage at a consistent high.”

https://next.ft.com/content/71013b5a-2bcb-11e6-bf8d-26294ad519fc

27 May 2016

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley are Designers on DR BLIGHTY

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley are Designers on DR BLIGHTY

As part of Britain’s Centenary Anniversary of the First World War Nutkhut, along with 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Brighton Festival, and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, are presenting an ambitious programme of immersive performances and installations based in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Garden. 

DR BLIGHTY is one of the untold stories of The Great War – Muslims, Sikhs and Hindu men left their homes for Europe’s Western Front.  Brighton became temporary home of recovery for thousands of wounded soldiers from the Indian subcontinent. It is their story Dr Blighty follows in an ambitious outdoor project, bringing together arts, heritage and education into a 6 day free public event finishing on Saturday 28th May.

Tom Piper and Amanda Stoodley have created the designs and costumes. Tom shares his thoughts on his latest blog post: 

“I have designed three ‘pavilions’ within the Gardens as a response to the images of the Hospital created within the extraordinary interiors of the Pavilion.  We have tried to imagine what it would have felt like to wake up in this environment, the feelings of loneliness and home sickness of men thrust into a strange exotic building, which we are sure the authorities felt would make them feel at home, yet in-prisoned and shielded them from the inquisitive Brighton public.”

http://www.tompiperdesign.co.uk/dr-blighty/

More info:

http://brightonfestival.org/event/8490/dr_blighty/

http://www.nutkhut.co.uk/projects/dance-and-performance/dr-blighty

01 March 2016

ENDGAME moves to HOME in Manchester.

ENDGAME moves to HOME in Manchester.

Tom Piper is Designer on Dominic Hill’s production, which opened at Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre last month, and now plays in Manchester until 12th March.

Manchester Confidential ★★★★★

“This is a really welcome production. More please.”

“creative team have done a superb job”

“surprisingly funny” 

http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/entertainment-and-sport/theatre-and-comedy/review-endgame-home

The Arts Shelf ★★★★★ 

“a very moving and enthralling ninety-minutes of theatre.”

“captivating production” 

http://www.theartsshelf.com/2016/02/27/latest-review-endgame-home-manchester/ 

Manchester Evening News ★★★★ 

“certainly deserves its warm reception”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/review-review-endgame--home-10959002

Upstaged Manchester ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s suitably grimy set – rusty, damp and closed off from the world.” 

“so compelling.” 

http://upstagedmanchester.com/2016/02/28/review-endgame-home-manchester/

British Theatre Guide

“Tom Piper's vision of typical Beckett territory: a room that resembles a battered metal box with high windows looking out over the empty nothingness that the world has become.”

“compelling production”

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/endgame-home-manchester-12604

Jidly Sauce

“The set is deserving of more than a passing mention. It has an age-splattered beauty, a rusty-coloured griminess, which serves the play admirably.”

“Everything about this production bespeaks quality.” 

https://jildysauce.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/endgame/ 

Reviews Hub

“Tom Piper’s set is a rust-riddled metal box in some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland. Two windows high up the walls are murky green. Grimy sheets cover two dustbins, and a man clenched fast into an armchair in the dead centre of the room.” 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/endgame-home-manchester/ 

North West End

“The set, (Tom Piper), a large, vacuous tin can, grimy and empty save a radiator, two metal dustbins and Hamm on his chair, worked perfectly.”

“The tiny, dirty windows high up, which were never cleaned and never opened despite efforts and orders to the contrary, provided much of the visual comedy, but also integral to the irony and situation of our protagonists.”

“a must-see production”

http://www.northwestend.co.uk/index.php/professional-reviews/572-endgame-home-m-cr

26 February 2016

Tom Piper and Sam Kenyon open A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Stratford

Tom Piper and Sam Kenyon open A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Stratford

The RSC have embarked on an ambitious and unique touring production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, working with local amateur groups across the UK to create a “Play for the Nation”. Directed by Erica Whyman, with Design by Tom Piper and Music by Sam Kenyon, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM plays in Stratford until 16th July 2016 before touring.

The Guardian ★★★★

“Delightful”

“dusted with magic, glee and a sense that we can dream a better world”

“other meanings are delivered via Tom Piper’s design that offers a bombed-out theatre and 1940s costumes”

“replaced by the vivid colours of the Hindu festival Holi, the sound of destruction by the jazzy beat of a new era as spring arrives in a shower of rose petals.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/24/midsummer-nights-dream-review-royal-shakespeare-theatre-stratford-upon-avon-rsc-ayesha-dharker-chu-omambala

The Times ★★★★

“a roaring success”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article4699196.ece

 The Evening Standard ★★★★

“clear, striking and, crucially, witty

“something that will appeal both to newcomers to the transformative powers of this magic-filled forest and to those who have long been accustomed to its beguiling beauty.”

“A jovial band at each side of the stage adds to the levity of the Forties setting — oh, those lovely frocks! — which unfolds under a bombed-out proscenium arch.”

“The nation is in for a treat.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/a-midsummer-night-s-dream-a-play-for-the-nation-theatre-review-the-nation-is-in-for-a-treat-a3188756.html

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s war-torn brick background is pushed to the back to make room for rose petals, red drapes and twinkling lights for the final scene which are very effective with school children dressed as evacuees with smatterings of multi-coloured dust on their clothes intended to signify hope and new beginnings.”

“the jazz interludes performed live by musicians at the side of the stage add some sizzle.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/a-midsummer-nights-dream-a-play-for-the-nation-royal-shakespeare-theatre-stratford-upon-avon/ 

Bromsgrove Observer

“out of the ordinary, that little bit special”

“truly is a play for the nation”

http://www.bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk/leisure/whatson/14302130.It_s_a_joyous_and_glorious_dream/ 

09 February 2016

Tom Piper is Designer on ENDGAME at Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

Tom Piper is Designer on ENDGAME at Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Tom Piper's blasted-bunker design underscores the bleak setting.”

“Everything is stained with dirt, down to Hamm's handkerchief and Clov's bandages.”

“a clear win for them here.” 

“the kind of theatrical experience that leaves you shaken yet also strangely elated questioning life but hinting that, perhaps, not all hope is lost.” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/glasgow-theatre/reviews/endgame-citizens-theatre-glasgow_39668.html 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“The dust blows into Tom Piper’s set from the kind of desert where you’d expect to find Winnie in Happy Days, another Beckett stoic who survives against all odds.”

“a room of pale blue copper, streaked and distressed, not so much a home as an industrial unit” 

“hits home with nihilistic force.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/08/endgame-review-citizens-glasgow-coronation-street-stars-samuel-beckett 

The Times ★★★★

“As designed by Tom Piper and lit by Lizzie Powell, Hamm’s derelict throne room may recall Sartre’s vision of hell, but it also convinces as a refuge.”

“creates a haunting sense of the world beyond these bare walls” 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4685476.ece

Herald Scotland 

“never loosens its grip for an enthralling hour and a half”

“the rusting seam parameters of Tom Piper's container-like set”

“Piper cleverly reflects that in a seaside postcard front cloth that is reduced to a framed painting on the back wall”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14259504.Theatre_review__Endgame_at_Citizens__Glasgow/  

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“A backdrop – an idyllic, 30s-style beach scene, after the style of those nostalgic railways posters – rises, to uncover the play’s single set: an empty, dirty, derelict room. It has only two small, high windows, reached only by steps, and is furnished by what seems like post-apocalyptic detritus, including two dustbins. In the centre, on casters, a single chair, on which sits Hamm, blind and chair-ridden, his face covered by a bloody rag.”

“amid such bleakness, is reward to be found? Well, yes.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/endgame-citizens-theatre-glasgow/ 

The Scotsman ★★★★

 

"Set by designer Tom Piper in what looks like a rusting metal bunker, this is a reading of Beckett’s text that makes an absolute virtue of the play’s terrible stasis"

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-endgame-citizens-theatre-glasgow-1-4026812?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed 

The List 

“new life can be pumped into one of Samuel Beckett's most famous plays”

“Tom Piper's moulded over, rusting design makes no concessions to decor either, with the sands of time pouring through the ceiling, as the power struggles between sadistic Hamm and embittered Clov shift almost imperceptibly.” 

“giving this production a barbed beauty.”

https://www.list.co.uk/article/78401-endgame-dominic-hills-fresh-spin-on-beckett-is-earthy-and-unearthly/

03 February 2016

Tom Piper, Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open RED VELVET in the West End

Tom Piper, Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open RED VELVET in the West End

This multi-award winning play, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to New York, joins the Kenneth Branagh Garrick Season. Olivier-Award winner Adrian Lester reprises his role as Ira Aldridge, and Indhu Rubasingham Directs. With Design by Tom Piper, Sound Design by Paul Arditti and Movement Direction by Imogen Knight, RED VELVET plays a limited run until the 27th of February.

The Telegraph ★★★★

“informative, entertaining, thought-provoking and beautifully played.”

“Believe the hype.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/red-velvet-garrick-theatre-review-highly-recommended/ 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“gives us fire, fury and grandeur”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/02/red-velvet-review-adrian-lester-lolita-chakrabarti-garrick-theatre

The Times ★★★★ 

“laugh-out-loud funny.”

“The set, by Tom Piper, with its dark woods and sparse furnishings, is austere but elegant.”

“he got a standing ovation and deserved it.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4680402.ece

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“tinged beautifully with a palpable sense of stage magic”

“eye-wateringly good performance”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/red-velvet-garrick-theatre_39624.html

The Londonist ★★★★

“takes your breath away”

“striking”

https://londonist.com/2016/02/pride-and-prejudice-red-velvet-garrick-theatre-wc2

The Reviews Hub 

“a strikingly beautiful set from Tom Piper” 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/red-velvet-garrick-theatre-london/

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/07a2045a-c9a1-11e5-be0b-b7ece4e953a0.html

Radio Times 

“a worthy play doesn’t necessarily mean a great one. This is both: heartbreaking and hilarious by turns.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-02-02/this-week-in-the-west-end-adrian-lester-gives-the-performance-of-a-lifetime-in-red-velvet

The Upcoming ★★★★★

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/02/03/red-velvet-at-garrick-theatre-theatre-review/

The Evening Standard ★★★★ 

“a rich psychological study that’s also a shrewd portrait of the theatre as an institution”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/red-velvet-theatre-review-rich-and-relevant-study-of-black-actor-who-fought-the-system-a3171276.html

06 November 2015

Tom Piper is Set Designer for LOVE FOR LOVE at the RSC

Tom Piper is Set Designer for LOVE FOR LOVE at the RSC

Selina Cadell makes her RSC directorial debut with William Congreve's Restoration comedy, playing at the Swan Theatre until 22nd January. 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“a delightful revival” 

“one of those rare comedies that combine a sharp satirical wit with a genuinely warm heart.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/nov/05/love-for-love-review-sex-and-scandal-in-congreves-mad-world

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“a blast from start to finish.” 

“Tom Piper's set design is simple but effective” 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/stratford-upon-avon-theatre/reviews/love-for-love-swan-theatre-stratford-upon-avon_39079.html 

The Stage

“Tom Piper’s witty set design, which effortlessly evokes a late 17th century printed page.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/love-for-love-review-at-the-swan-theatre-stratford-upon-avon-stylishly-flirtatious/  

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