Set and costume designer

Simon Kenny

United Kingdom

Last updated: April 29, 2024

Simon is a UK-based set and costume designer working in theatre, opera and live performance. His work on the acclaimed off-Broadway ‘Pie Shop’ production of Sweeney Todd was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical. His designs for Black Men Walking were selected to represent the UK at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and at the V&A Museum, and his designs for The Wiz are now part of the V&A’s permanent Theatre and Performance collection. 

Theatre includes: The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man (Nottingham Playhouse); Family Tree (Actors Touring Company, UK tour); The Death of A Black Man (Hampstead Theatre); Noughts & Crosses (Pilot Theatre, UK touring); Nothello (Coventry City of Culture); Footfalls & Rockaby with Siân Phillips (Jermyn Street); Blue/Orange, In The Next Room or the vibrator play, 4000 Miles, Red Light Winter (Theatre Royal Bath); Antigone (Mercury, Colchester); Giraffes Can’t Dance (Curve); several UK tours with Eclipse including Black Men Walking (Royal Exchange) and The Gift (Stratford East); Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland); Broken Glass (Watford Palace); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour); Babette’s Feast (Print Room); Rose with Janet Suzman (HOME); Twelfth Night, The Merchant Of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Children (English Theatre Frankfurt); Ghosts (Theatr Clwyd); Island (National Theatre & tour); and Border Force, an installation/performance/club event for Duckie

Musical theatre includes The Lord of the Rings: A Musical Tale, Whistle Down the Wind (Watermill); The Light In the Piazza (Royal Academy of Music); Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion (Southwark Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company); The Wiz (Hope Mill); Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (Boulevard); Assassins (Watermill/Nottingham Playhouse); Cabaret (English Theatre Frankfurt/Deutsches Theater Munich); the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd in a purpose-built pie shop (West End & off-Broadway, Tooting Arts Club); Guy Chambers’ folk opera adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant (Vaudeville); The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph); Billy The Kid (NYMT/Curve); Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Royal Bath, UK tour). 

Opera includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera); The Cunning Little Vixen, Háry János (Ryedale Festival); and Vivienne (Royal Opera House: Linbury).