Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor Portrait

DESIGNER

Current and future work includes: SCROOGE THE MUSICAL (Leicester Curve); THE BEST MAN (UK Tour). 

Past work includes: SILVER LINING (ETT, UK Tour); TWO WAY MIRROR (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick) and WHAT THE BUTLER SAW (Leicester Curve & Theatre Royal Bath); THE DRESSER (Duke of York’s, West End, dir. Sean Foley); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Corby Cube Theatre); ALL MY SONS (Rose Theatre Kingston & Hong Kong); THE LONESOME WEST (Tron Theatre); LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA; OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME; CLEVER DICK; OUT IN THE OPEN; KEEPERS, THE AWAKENING; MY BOY JACK (Hampstead Theatre); THE CRUCIBLE, WAITING FOR GODOT; FAITH HEALER; A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; THE PRICE; THE CHERRY ORCHARD; THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK; ALL MY SONS; LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES; DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Edinburgh Lyceum); THE LADYKILLERS (Vaudeville Theatre, West End; Olivier Award nomination for Best Designer); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Leicester Curve); BEN HUR (Tricycle); THE HERESY OF LOVE; DOCTOR SCROGGY’S WAR; BLUE STOCKINGS; ANNE BOLEYN; ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL; THE WINTER’S TALE; IN EXTREMIS/ETERNAL LOVE (Shakespeare’s Globe & UK Tours); AFTER ELECTRA (Plymouth Theatre Royal, Tricycle); DEAD SIMPLE (UK Tour); ETERNAL LOVE: THE STORY OF ABELARD AND HELOISE (ETT UK Tour); CHIN CHIN (Bill Kenwright UK Tour); A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE (Theatre Royal Bath); SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BEST KEPT SECRET (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour); THE MISANTHROPE (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Royal & Derngate); THE CLEAN HOUSE (UK Tour); SHADOW OF A GUNMAN; JOHN BULL’S OTHER ISLAND (Tricycle Theatre); AMPHIBIANS (RSC); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (written and directed by Harold Pinter, Royal National Theatre); RAFTS AND DREAMS (Royal Court Theatre); NOVA SCOTIA; THE ROAD TO NIRVANA (Traverse); DARWIN IN MALIBU (Birmingham Rep); WINDING THE BALL (Royal Exchange); PRIVATE LIVES; PRESENT LAUGHTER (Theatre Royal Bath & Tour); VITA AND VIRGINIA (Altes Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart); THE FATHERLAND; MILLFIRE (Riverside Studios); TIME AND THE CONWAYS (Bristol Old Vic).

He won the Drama Magazine Best Designer Award for Tony Marchant’s THE ATTRACTIONS. For THE LADYKILLERS, he has received nominations for Best Set Design at the Olivier Awards and the Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012/2013.

Michael trained as a designer at RADA.

13 March 2017

Michael Taylor is Designer on WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at Leicester Curve

Michael Taylor is Designer on WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at Leicester Curve

Artistic Director Nikolai Foster stages Joe Orton’s final play, playing until the 18th March.

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“imagery like this is powerful, made all the more vivid by Michael Taylor's expert design - a white room, circular in shape with shafts of daylight reminding us there is an outside world”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/leicester-theatre/reviews/what-the-butler-saw-curve-rufus-hound_43078.html

The Stage ★★★★           

“magnificently realised in Michael Taylor’s circular set design”

“Nikolai Foster’s production never loses its footing – and the audience curls up with glee.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/butler-saw-review-curve-leicester/  

Leicester Mercury

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/review-what-the-butler-saw-at-the-curve-in-leicester/story-30191392-detail/story.html

The Times

“Michael Taylor’s gleaming white circular set is so good it makes you gasp.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-what-the-butler-saw-at-the-curve-leicester-kb7lxdv0f

18 October 2016

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE DRESSER in the West End

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE DRESSER in the West End

This major revival of Academy award winning Sir Ronald Harwood’s drama, directed by Sean Foley and starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith, runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 4th January 2017.

British Theatre.com ★★★★★ 

“wonderful, with sublime performances” 

“very poignant, and often tremendously funny.” 

“simply extraordinary”

http://britishtheatre.com/review-the-dresser-duke-of-yorks-theatre/  

The Times 

"The set is almost too good: you can almost smell the damp in this faded room reminiscent of all those B&Bs for which the word “tired” would be wild praise."

The Stage ★★★★ 

“affecting and affectionate in director Sean Foley's loving production.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-dresser-review-at-the-duke-of-yorks-theatre-london/ 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“A treat” 

“Michael Taylor’s stylish, slantwise set”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/the-dresserduke-of-yorks-review-kenn-stott-is-magnificent-reece/ 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Compelling”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/oct/16/the-dresser-review-duke-of-yorks-ken-stott-reece-shearsmith-ronald-harwood

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“Michael Taylor's set is fabulous: incredibly evocative as the rundown dressing room in a provincial theatre, it rotates on its own axis to show both the stage and the wings in clever detail.” 

“This is a hugely enjoyable revival of a classic that will leave you ever so slightly heartbroken. A real treat.”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-THE-DRESSER-Duke-of-Yorks-Theatre-13-October-2016-20161014

London Theatre ★★★★ 

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/review-of-the-dresser-starring-reece-shearsmith-and-ken-stott-at-the-duke-of-yorks-theatre

Radio Times ★★★★

http://www.radiotimes.com/offers/travel/news/2016-10-14/the-dresser-review-ronald-harwoods-love-letter-to-the-theatre-gets-a-polished-revival

 London Theatre 1 ★★★★ 

“set designer Michael Taylor has done brilliantly with a portrayal of life during World War Two” 

“an intriguing and compelling production.” 

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/149491/the-dresser-is-an-intriguing-and-compelling-production/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★

“Outstanding, brilliantly funny and devastatingly tragic.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/10/14/the-dresser-at-duke-of-yorks-theatre-theatre-review/  

12 July 2016

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE LONESOME WEST at the Tron Theatre

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE LONESOME WEST at the Tron Theatre

Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy is directed by Andy Arnold and plays in Glasgow until 23rd July.

The Guardian ✮✮✮✮

“It is funny and grim and, in Andy Arnold’s production, superbly played.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jul/11/the-lonesome-west-review-martin-mcdonagh 

The Reviews Hub ✮✮✮✮ 

“Twisted yet touching”

“will make you splutter with laughter and shudder with shock in equal measure.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-lonesome-west-tron-theatre-glasgow/   

The Scotsman ✮✮✮✮

“a superb and satisfying Tron production” 

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-the-lonesome-west-glasgow-1-4174160 

Herald Scotland ✮✮✮✮

“The felt-tip and sticky-taped on V shapes that adorn the dilapidated living room occupied by the two warring siblings at the centre of Martin McDonagh's 1997 play say everything about their relationship.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14609882.Theatre_Review__The_Lonesome_West/  

10 May 2016

Michael Taylor is Designer on LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA at Hampstead Theatre

Michael Taylor is Designer on LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA at Hampstead Theatre

Howard Brenton’s new play, commissioned to mark the centenary of the start of the Arab revolt, portrays the allusive life of T.E. Lawrence back in England in 1922. Directed by John Dove, LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA plays at Hampstead Theatre until 4th June.

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“written with a rare and engaging affection”

“a stylish set from Michael Taylor, which breaks apart to evoke the wide open spaces of the desert” 

“full of wonderful, zinging lines, and a sharp-eyed observation”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/lawrence-after-arabia-hampstead-theatre_40378.html

The Times ★★★★ 

“Fascinating”

“The set, by Michael Taylor, captures the atmosphere perfectly and, occasionally, amazingly, the study evaporates to be replaced by a desert” 

“The genius here is that it feels as if we have been given that access, a magic window to see what really happened to Lawrence after Arabia.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-lawrence-after-arabia-at-hampstead-theatre-nw3-8r58dxk5s

Telegraph ★★★★ 

“a quiet masterpiece”

“clever and engaging.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/lawrence-after-arabia-is-a-quiet-but-highly-topical-masterpiece/  

23 February 2016

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE CRUCIBLE at Edinburgh Lyceum

Michael Taylor is Designer on THE CRUCIBLE at Edinburgh Lyceum

Arthur Miller’s classic tale of the witch-hunts in Salem is directed by John Dove, and plays in Edinburgh until the 19th March.

The Stage ★★★★

“marriage of naturalism and representation is a near-perfect. Michael Taylor's set foregrounds utilitarian wooden interiors, merge into a birch forest behind.”

“Powerfully performed and well-articulated” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-crucible-at-royal-lyceum-theatre-edinburgh-powerfully-performed/

The Times ★★★★

“The performances are complemented by fine visuals, the earthy colours of Michael Taylor’s designs made painterly by Tim Mitchell’s crisp lighting.”

“Dove’s production illustrates how the themes of intolerance, hysteria and empowerment resonate beyond the play’s original context.” 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4696202.ece

The Scotsman 

“magnificent and absorbing” 

“every detail of period costume correct”

“Michael Taylor’s beautiful, open set”

a heart-stopping account of a play that has never seemed more important

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-the-crucible-lyceum-theatre-edinburgh-1-4035428

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Michael Taylor’s open set is spare but versatile, with an evocative glimpse behind into the woods where the whole drama began” 

“presents a powerful portrait of a society in turmoil”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-crucible-royal-lyceum-theatre-edinburgh/

The Edinburgh Guide ★★★★

“a subtle but effective set from Michael Taylor”

“three giant birches standing on set perfectly hold the dual meaning of renewal and stability, their shadows fading to create an equally symbolic unknown forest beyond”

“Another proud notch in the Lyceum’s 50 year old belt!”

http://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/theatre/thecruciblelyceumreview-16555

The Guardian

“Michael Taylor’s skeletal barn of a set.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/21/the-crucible-review-edinburgh

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