David Woodhead

David Woodhead Portrait

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

Current and forthcoming projects include: NATIVITY (Birmingham Rep & UK Tour); WAIT UNTIL DARK (UK Tour). 

Theatre Credits include: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Watermill Theatre); HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES; DISGRACED (English Theatre Frankfurt); (English Theatre Frankfurt); GASLIGHT (ATG UK Tour & Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton); NIGHT MUST FALL (Salisbury Playhouse & Original Theatre Company, UK Tour); BUGSY MALONE; ABIGAIL’S PARTY (Leicester Curve); TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); TITANIC (Charing Cross Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto & Southwark Playhouse); THE WASP (Hampstead Theatre & Trafalgar Studios); THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (Mercury Colchester & UK Tour); BILLY LIAR (Royal Exchange Theatre); DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Park Theatre); THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS (Arcola & Perfect Pitch); CAFÉ SOCIETY SWING (59E59, New York); NEXT FALL; FARRAGUT NORTH (Southwark Playhouse); LIZZIE SIDDAL; KNIVES IN HENS (Costume) (Arcola Theatre); CORNELIUS (Finborough Theatre & transfer to 59E59 New York); BED & SOFA (Finborough Theatre).

Credits as Associate Designer: David worked as Christopher Oram’s Associate Designer & Assisted on THE MICHAEL GRANDAGE SEASON 2012-2014 and UNCLE VANYA (West End); LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Glyndebourne); EVITA (Broadway); COMPANY (Sheffield Crucible); SPELLING BEE; KING LEAR; PASSION (Donmar Warehouse); DON GIOVANNI (Metropolitan Opera).

Awards: David was nominated in 2016 for a DORA award for Outstanding Costume Design for TITANIC (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto) and was a finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design. He was awarded Best Designer for TITANIC and LIZZIE SIDDAL (2014) at the Off West End Awards.

04 August 2017

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson are the Designer and Lighting Designer on A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson are the Designer and Lighting Designer on A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

With Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a Book by Hugh Wheeler, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Directed by Paul Foster, is Designed by David Woodhead and has Lighting by Howard Hudson. It runs at the Watermill Theatre until 16th September.

The Stage ★★★★★

“David Woodhead's design manages to conjure multiple locations, from acting digs and a theatrical stage to a grand country house, with the deftest of touches.”

“intoxicating stylishness”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/little-night-music-review-watermill-theatre-newbury/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“His design morphs subtly from garden to bedroom to provincial stage and, lit by Howard Hudson, from balmy early evening to the brief twilight of the northern summer night.”

“this stunning realisation of a work that is at once elegiac, knowing and sexy.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/newbury-theatre/reviews/a-little-night-music-watermill-theatre-sondheim_44277.html

  

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“gorgeous set”

“one of the finest pieces in musical history”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/a-little-night-music-watermill-theatre-berkshire/

 

Jonathan Baz ★★★★★

“David Woodhead’s ingenious design of distressed grandeur captures the fading elegance of a Sweden long since disappeared.”

“Howard Hudson’s lighting work is yet another sensation - for a show that’s set in “perpetual twilight” Hudson cleverly suggests the Northern midsummer sun.”

http://www.jonathanbaz.com/2017/08/a-little-night-music-review.html

NY Times 

"an utterly beguiling production"

"The burnished elegance of David Woodhead’s design makes cunning use of a two-way mirror and manages to couple distressed chic with a reminder of the theatrical environs that mark out the story of Desiree Armfeldt (a satin-cheeked Josefina Gabrielle) and her motley gathering of aristos and amours."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/theater/night-music-stephen-sondheim-watermill.html?smid=tw-nytimesarts&smtyp=cur

13 January 2017

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open GASLIGHT on Tour

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open GASLIGHT on Tour

Anthony Banks’ production starring Kara Tointon tours the UK until March this year.

The Times ★★★★

“The set, with its panelled bookcase and secret door, feels as though it has been plucked straight out of the study from the boardgame Cluedo”

“The detailed and intricate set by David Woodhead includes a few skew-whiff perspectives that discombobulate, but in a good way. The lighting, by Howard Hudson, is particularly good, with the gaslights going up and down like glow-worm yo-yos.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-gaslight-at-the-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham-ftp97585c

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“David Woodhead’s set is itself disquieting, at first sight a beautifully detailed Victorian drawing-room, but as one looks on for more than a few seconds one notices the weird perspective making the whole appear claustrophobic”

“The lighting design of Howard Hudson heightens the premise that the gaslights dim and brighten as action takes place offstage, moving between harsh monochromatic lighting and the warmth of gaslight.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/gaslight-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/ 

Telegraph ★★★★

“classy production”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/gaslight-review-kara-tointon-displays-copper-bottomed-talent/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“David Woodhead's design keeps all the action concentrated into a small space with the gaslights of the title a central feature of both the story and the room.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/birmingham-theatre/reviews/gaslight-patrick-hamilton-kara-tointon_42635.html

Birmingham Mail ★★★★

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/incoming/review-gaslight-new-alexandra-theatre-12438602

Tamworth Herald 

“A rapturous applause bellowed from the crowd as the final scene ended, and rightly so.”

http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/gaslight-at-the-new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham-review/story-30053772-detail/story.html

08 June 2016

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre

David Woodhead and Howard Hudson open TITANIC at Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland’s award winning Southwark Playhouse production returns to London, playing at the Charing Cross Theatre until the 6th of August.  

The Stage ★★★★★

“outstanding production” 

“David Woodhead's deceptively simple set”

“Absolutely thrilling production of the Titanic story gets a deserved London return”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/titanic-review-at-charing-cross-theatre-london/  

The Times ★★★★★

“the day after seeing it, I went back to see it again. It’s that good.” 

“a triumph”

“both shattering and gorgeous”

"A band of six backs a cast of 20 on a two-deck set by David Woodhead"

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-titanic-at-the-charing-cross-theatre-wc2-z5kjp3qlm 

Broadway World 

“David Woodhead's wonderfully evocative set” 

“the costumes alone are worth the entrance fee.” 

“this ship sails into port triumphantly, on course for a West End smash!” 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-TITANIC-Charing-Cross-Theatre-June-6-2016-20160607

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“an exciting climax to Act I, realised through great sound design by Andrew Johnson and lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“David Woodhead’s gorgeous set” 

“feels fresh, thrilling and new.”

“this is a maiden voyage that is an unmitigated success.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/titanic-southwark-playhouse-london-2/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★★

“The costumes are flawless”

“impresses on every level.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/06/07/titanic-at-the-charing-cross-theatre-theatre-review/ 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“David Woodhead’s sumptuous costumes and simple, flexible set” 

“ingenious lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“many moments of magnificence.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/titanic-charing-cross-theatre-review-moments-of-magnificence/

The Guardian ★★★★

“the best piece of musical staging you will find in London.”

“Breathtaking”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/08/titanic-review-charing-cross-theatre-london-thom-southerland

London Theatre ★★★★★

“a must-see" 

“piercing, agonisingly beautiful”

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/titanic16.htm

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“elegantly crafted” 

“vigorous and ultimately moving”

“combines sensitivity with ambition” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/titanic-theatre-review-moving-return-to-unsinkable-tale-a3265541.html

Gay Times

“Stunning”

“David Woodhead’s simple yet rather charming set. One of the finest to be seen at the Charing Cross Theatre, the clever inclusion of moving pieces and steps leaves little to the imagination — Titanic’s look well kept throughout.”

“Bursting with regal charm and emotive pull”

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/theatre/38683/review-titanic/

10 February 2016

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at the Watermill Theatre.

Howard Hudson and David Woodhead open TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at the Watermill Theatre.

Jodie Prenger sings her heart out in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s one-woman musical charting the romantic misadventures of an English girl in New York in the 1980s. Directed by Paul Foster, this new production plays in Newbury until 20th Feb, before embarking on a UK tour until June 2016. Design by David Woodhead and Lighting by Howard Hudson.

The Stage ★★★★

“Glorious”

“Effective revival”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/tell-me-on-a-sunday-review-at-the-watermill-theatre-newbury-glorious/ 

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“riveting.” 

“The very clever set, from designer David Woodhead, immediately places you in New York”

“one of the most memorable evenings that musical theatre can have to offer”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/tell-me-on-a-sunday-the-watermill-theatre-newbury/  

British Theatre Guide 

“David Woodhead’s simple set consisting of lit models of New York famous landmarks and silhouettes works well.”

“a wonderful revival that was thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative audience”

“highly recommended.”

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/tell-me-on-a-su-watermill-theat-12513

Newbury Weekly News 

“breathtaking, moving, amusing, entertaining”

“This is musical magic.”

“striking background of lit-up skyscrapers”

“An unforgettable evening.”

Musical Theatre Review ★★★★

“Designed by David Woodhead, the miniature New York skyline overlaid with 1980s prop…sets the scene perfectly”

http://musicaltheatrereview.com/tell-me-on-a-sunday-watermill-theatre-newbury-and-touring/

16 December 2015

David Woodhead is Designer on THE WASP at Trafalgar Studios

David Woodhead is Designer on THE WASP at Trafalgar Studios

Following a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre early this year, Tom Attenborough’s production of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s thriller transfers to Trafalgar Studios, playing until the 16th of January.

The Stage ★★★★ 

“sprung like a bear trap, a play with very sharp teeth.” 

“A taut, brilliantly calibrated two-hander” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/the-wasp-review-at-trafalgar-studios-excellent/   

The Upcoming ★★★★

“gripping from beginning to end.” 

“A honeycomb structure towers above the performance space, which is adorned simply, but is surprisingly effective.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/12/13/the-wasp-at-trafalgar-studios-theatre-review/   

The Financial Times ★★★★

“you can tell from the three dozen-odd butterflies, moths and beetles wall-mounted in glass cases on David Woodhead’s set that this household is no stranger to the killing jar.” 

“Suspenseful”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/281c4198-a253-11e5-bc70-7ff6d4fd203a.html

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“intense, absorbing and gripping theatre, with dark humour in abundance.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/122578/the-wasp-intense-absorbing-gripping-theatre-review/  

The Londonist ★★★★

“strangely beautiful butterflies, wasps and spiders line the walls in adorned frames.”

“Chilling”

http://londonist.com/2015/12/the-wasp

03 November 2015

David Woodhead and Joshua Carr open DINNER WITH FRIENDS at the Park Theatre

David Woodhead and Joshua Carr open DINNER WITH FRIENDS at the Park Theatre

Directed by Tom Attenborough, this Pulitzer Prize winning play runs at the Park Theatre until 28th November. Designed by David Woodhead with Lighting by Joshua Carr.

London Theatre 1 ★★★★ 

“David Woodhead’s set looks beautiful and is used to good advantage, there’s a great sunset scene and simple touches that create effective changes from scene to scene.”

“a beautiful subtle play…movingly, brutally human.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/119860/dinner-with-friends-park-theatre-review/  

The Upcoming ★★★★

“The blank white floor and minimalist set, changed by the actors themselves, quickly shifts into different locations. However, the shelved backdrop stays the same, the bottles and dishes placed upon them indicating the passage of time and the memories that remain in their shared experiences.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/11/03/dinner-with-friends-at-park-theatre-theatre-review/ 

Arts Desk

“David Woodhead’s sleek fantasy kitchen is a constant reminder of social pressure to achieve, conform and display, and if the piece itself falls short of real profundity, it’s still an engrossing peek beneath that surface.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/dinner-friends-park-theatre

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