David Woodhead

David Woodhead Portrait


Current and forthcoming credits include: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Selladoor, UK Tour); THE NIGHT WATCH (Original Theatre Company); CURTAINS (UK Tour); TITANIC (European Tour); NATIVITY! (Hammersmith Apollo & UK Tour). 

Theatre credits include: NEWSIES (Arts Ed); THE TRUTH (Zorlu Center, Istanbul); TITANIC (UK Tour, International & Charing Cross Theatre); NATIVITY! (Birmingham Rep & UK Tour); OF MICE AND MEN (Selladoor, UK Tour); STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and GASLIGHT (ATG, UK Tour); WAIT UNTIL DARK and NIGHT MUST FALL (Original Theatre Company, UK Tour); A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Watermill Theatre); THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and DISGRACED (English Theatre Frankfurt); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal & Derngate); BUGSY MALONE and ABIGAIL’S PARTY (Leicester Curve); TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); 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 and FARRAGUT NORTH (Southwark Playhouse); LIZZIE SIDDAL and KNIVES IN HENS (Arcola Theatre); CORNELIUS (Finborough Theatre & 59E59 New York); BED & SOFA (Finborough Theatre).

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.

02 November 2017

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opens at Birmingham Rep

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opens at Birmingham Rep

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL, based on the hit film, is written and directed by Debbie Isitt. It opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on November 1st and tours the country this Christmas season. It has Set and Costumes by MLR’s David Woodhead.

 WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“David Woodhead's sets and costumes are bright, imaginative and full of sparkle.”

“brilliant sets and lots of cheer and good will.”


The Times ★★★★

“The set, by David Woodhead, is tinsel-tastic, versatile and fun.”

“This show has, as one of its best songs says, sparkle and shine.”


The Telegraph

“There are lavish sets studded with flashing stars. Giant gift-parcels. OTT costumes that wouldn’t disgrace a Broadway musical.”

“Short of hauling on a reindeer and unleashing a mass of pyrotechnics, I’m not sure what else… could glitz up proceedings further.”


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”



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.”



The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“gorgeous set”

“one of the finest pieces in musical history”



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.”


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."


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.”


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.”


Telegraph ★★★★

“classy production”


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.”


Birmingham Mail ★★★★


Tamworth Herald 

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


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”


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"


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!” 


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.”


The Upcoming ★★★★★

“The costumes are flawless”

“impresses on every level.”


The Telegraph ★★★★

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

“ingenious lighting by Howard Hudson.”

“many moments of magnificence.” 


The Guardian ★★★★

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



London Theatre ★★★★★

“a must-see" 

“piercing, agonisingly beautiful”


The Evening Standard ★★★★

“elegantly crafted” 

“vigorous and ultimately moving”

“combines sensitivity with ambition” 


Gay Times


“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”


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 ★★★★


“Effective revival”


The Reviews Hub ★★★★★


“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”


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.”


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”


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” 


The Upcoming ★★★★

“gripping from beginning to end.” 

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


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.” 



London Theatre 1 ★★★★

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


The Londonist ★★★★

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



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.”


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.”


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.”