Tom Piper


Tom read Art History at the University of Cambridge, where he first started designing for Theatre as a student.

He began studies at the Slade in theatre design, but was offered an opportunity to work with Chloe Obolensky on Peter Brook’s production of the Tempest in Paris in 1990 so began working before, concluding the course. He also assisted the designer Voytek, acting as co designer on M. butterfly at the Schauspeilhaus Hamburg, early in his career.

Tom was the Installation Designer for the acclaimed ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the  Tower of London (original concept and poppies by Artist Paul Cummins). The installation was the winner of London First Award for Cultural Excellence, Special Award Civic Trust 2014, Hudson Heritage Special Award, Tourism Society award 2015, Museum and Heritage Award for the Installation,  Dulux Lets Colour award for Colour moment of the Year !, South Bank Sky Arts Award (Visual Art) & Heroes award from the charity Help the Heroes.

Tom was awarded an MBE for services to Theatre and First World War Commemoration in 2014.

Tom is currently Associate Designer for Kiln Theatre and was Associate Designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2004 – 2014. He is a member of Freelancers Make Theatre Work





THE HISTORIES CYCLE  – Best Costume Design (2006)


TWELFTH NIGHT – Best Design (2003)


THE ROCK STATION – Best Design (1992)

CAT IN THE GHETTO – Best Design (1990)


Honorary Fellow Royal Welsh College Of Music and Drama 




The Scent of Roses

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh


The Child in the Snow

Wilton's Music Hall



Coventry City of Culture


Lyceum Christmas Tales

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh


Turn of the Screw

Opera Glassworks



Nora: A Doll's HouseYoung Vic & Citizen's Theatre2020
The HaystackHampstead Theatre2020
A Christmas Carol - A FairytaleWilton's Music Hall2019
The King of Hell's PalaceHampstead Theatre 2019
A Museum in BaghdadRoyal Shakespeare Company2019
The Duchess (of Malfi)Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh2019
Nora: A Doll's HouseCitizen's Theatre2019
The Box of DelightsWilton's Music Hall2018
Doctor DoolittleUK Tour2018
White TeethKiln Theatre2018
Cyrano de BergeracNational Theatre of Scotland2018Set Design
The Great WaveNational Theatre2018
Tamburlaine (Parts I &II)Royal Shakespeare Company2018
Carmen la CubanaSadler's Well's Theatre & European tour2018
Miss LittlewoodRoyal Shakespeare Company2018
The Cherry OrchardBristol Old Vic & Royal Exchange Theatre2018
Romeo & JulietRoyal Shakespeare Company & UK tour2018
Long Day's Journey Into the NightCitizens Theatre & HOME2018CATS Award for Best Design nominee Nomination
RhinocerusLyceum Theatre, Edinburgh2018CATS Award for Best Design nominee
Open HouseUstinov Studio & Print Room2018OFFIE Award for Best Design nominee
The Box of DelightsWilton's Music Hall2017
Rakes ProgressWilton's Music Hall2017
BoudicaShakespeare's Globe2017
RhinocerusEdinburgh International Festival2017
Hay FeverCitizens Theatre & Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh2017
FrankensteinNorthern Stage2017
Hedda GablerNorthern Stage2017
The Seven Acts of MercyRoyal Shakespeare Company2016

Dr Blighty

Brighton Festival/Nutkhut/14-18 Now


Co-Design with Amanda Stoodley

iHOHampstead Theatre2016
HarrogateRoyal Court & UK tour2016
A Midsummer Night's DreamRoyal Shakespeare Company & UK tour2016
Carmen La CubannaTheatre du Chatelet 2016
Red VelvetWest End2016
End GameCitizens Theatre & HOME2016Manchester Theatre Award for Best Design nominee
Love for LoveRoyal Shakespeare Company2015
A Wolf in Snakeskin ShoesTricycle Theatre2015
HarrogateHightide Festival2015
MermaidNottingham Playhouse & Shared Experience 2015
The King's SpeechChichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep & UK tour2015
The Christmas TruceRoyal Shakespeare Company2014
Tamburlaine ( Parts I & II)TFANA, New York2014
The House That Will Not StandTricycle Theatre2014
HamletCitizens Theatre2014
Carmen Jones CubaHavana2014
Bakersfield MistDuchess Theatre2014
The LibertineCitizens Theatre2014
The Big MealUstinov Studio & Hightide Festival2014
Red VelvetTricycle Theatre & St. Ann's Warehouse, New York2014
Antony & CleopatraGable Stage, Miami & Public Theater, New York2014
Antony & CleopatraRoyal Shakespeare Company2013
The Winter's Tale ReimaginedRegent's Park Open Air Theatre2013Costume Designer
Pride & PrejudiceRegent's Open Air Park Theatre2013Costume Designer
Bracken MoorShared Experience & Tricycle Theatre 2013
Zorro the MusicalAlliance Theater Atlanta2013Suzi Bass Awards Atlanta for Best Set & Costume Designs nominee
Boris GudonovRoyal Shakespeare Company2012
Red VelvetTricycle Theatre 2012Olivier Awards Oustanding Production in an Affiliate Theatre nominee
Plough and The StarsAbbey Theatre, UK & Ireland tour2012
Much Ado About NothingRoyal Shakespeare Company2012
King LearCitizens Theatre2012
Goodbye To All ThatRoyal Court2012
Vera, Vera, VeraRoyal Court2012
MacbethRoyal Shakespeare Company2011
City MadamRoyal Shakespeare Company2011
Zorro the MusicalTokyo2011
Zorro the MusicalHolland Tour2011
Fit and Proper PeopleSoho Theatre & Royal Shakespeare Company2011
Richard IIIThe Old Vic & Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York 2011The Bridge Project
As You Like ItThe Old Vic & Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York 2010The Bridge Project
The TempestThe Old Vic & Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York2010The Bridge Project
Antony & CleopatraRoyal Shakespeare Company 2010
Zorro the MusicalMoscow2010
Plough and The StarsAbbey Theatre2010
The Reluctant TyrantAbbey Theatre2009
As You Like ItRoyal Shakespeare Company, Roundhouse & New York2009
DrunksRoyal Shakespeare Company2009
GrainstoreRoyal Shakespeare Company2009
Zorro the MusicalFollies Bergere, Paris2009
Zorro the MusicalWest End2008
SpyskiLyric Hammersmith2008
MacbethRoyal Shakespeare Company2008
The Scarecrow and His ServantSouthwark Playhouse2008
FallTraverse Theatre2008
The Histories, continuedRoyal Shakespeare Company, Courtyard & Roundhouse2007
Happy DaysDundee REP2007
Dealer's ChoiceMenier Chocolate Factory & West End2007
GhostsBristol Old Vic2006
The Histories ( Richard II, Henry IV parts 1&2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1,2 & 3 & Richard III)Royal Shakespeare Company, Courtyard & Roundhouse2006Olivier Awards Best Set Design nominee
Twelfth NightRoyal Shakespeare Company2005
Ubu RoiDundee Rep, Young Vic & Barbican Pit2005Critics Circle Awards Scotland Best Design Nominee
Postcards Fromm AmericaRoyal Shakespeare Company2005
SolsticeRoyal Shakespeare Company2005
InsignificanceSheffield Theatres2005TMA Awards Best Design nominee
Head CaseRoyal Shakespeare Company & Belgrade Coventry2005
HamletRoyal Shakespeare Company2004
The Pilate ProjectRoyal Shakespeare Company2004
King LearRoyal Shakespeare Company2004
MidwinterRoyal Shakespeare Company2004
LootBristol Old Vic2004
Frame 312Donmar Warehouse2003
Twelfth NightDundee REP2003
Sweet PanicWest End 2003
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Bristol Old Vic2003
Pants?Dundee REP2002
The TempestRoyal Shakespeare Company2002
Meeting Myself Coming BackSoho Theatre2002
Scissor HappyDuchess Theatre2002
Romeo & JulietRoyal Shakespeare Company2001
The Duchess of MalfiDundee REP2001
MinceDundee REP2001
ProtectionSoho Theatre2001
Mother CourageOlympia Theatre, Dublin2001
Henry VI parts 1,2&3Royal Shakespeare Company & Young Vic2000
Richard IIIRoyal Shakespeare Company & Young Vic2000
The Danny Crowe ShowThe Bush2000
DenialBristol Old Vic2000
StiffLyceum Theatre2000
Troilus & CressidaRoyal Shakespeare Company 1999
A Month in the CountryRoyal Shakespeare Company & tour1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamRoyal Shakespeare Company & BAM, Brooklyn1999
HelplessDonmar Warehouse 1999
Just Between OurselvesUK tour1999
Hedda GablerPlymouth Theatre Royal & UK tour1999
Penny For A SongOxford Stage, Whitehall Theatre & UK tour1999
Miss JulieTheatre Royal, Haymarket1998
Three Days of RainDonmar Warehouse 1998
The Spirit of Annie RossThe Gate, Dublin1998
Wallace and Grommit - A Grand Day Out!UK tour1998
Measure For Measure Royal Shakespeare Company 1997
Bartholomew FairRoyal Shakespeare Company 1997
A Lie Of The MindDonmar Warehouse 1997
Royal Court Young Writers FestivalRoyal Court1997
The FrogsNottingham Playhouse1996
EndgameTron Theatre1996
Sweet PanicHampstead Theatre1996
KindertransportWatford Palace Theatre & West End1996
Much Ado About NothingRoyal Shakespeare Company 1995
Oh! What A Lovely WarNational Theatre Touring Tent & Roundhouse1995
Disposing of The BodyHampstead Theatre1995
The Spanish Tragedy Royal Shakespeare Company 1995
Spring AwakeningRoyal Shakespeare Company 1995
Patriot For MeRoyal Shakespeare Company & Barbican 1995
The Broken HeartRoyal Shakespeare Company 1994
Blinded By The SunNational Theatre1994
Six Characters In Search Of An AuthorAbbey Theatre1994
Duchess of MalfiGreenwich Theatre1994
My GoatSoho Theatre1994
Tulip FuturesSoho Theatre1994
DumbstruckTron Theatre1994
MacbethTron Theatre & Dundee REP1993
The Birthday PartyNational Theatre1993
The CrucibleAbbey Theatre1993
Way Of The WorldLyric Hammersmith1993
KindertransportSoho Theatre1993
RippedSoho Theatre1993
The Rock StationSoho Theatre1992
The Master BuilderLyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 1992
Cat With The Green ViolinOrange Tree Theatre1992
The PriceYork Theatre Royal1992
CinderellaTron Theatre1992
His MajestyOrange Tree Theatre & Edinburgh International Festival1992
Jack and the BeanstalkTron Theatre1991
The PhilandererHampstead Theatre1991
The Cherry OrchardNottingham Playhouse1991
Dark RiverOrange Tree Theatre1991
Mrs Warren's ProfessionOrange Tree Theatre1990
Cat In The GhettoTabard Theatre1990
La ChungoOld Red Lion1990




A Midsummer Night's Dream

Scottish Opera


Eugene Onegin

Garsington Opera

2016 & 2021

Don GiovanniGarsington Opera2019
Pelleas et MelisandeGarsington Opera2017
OrfeoRoyal Opera House & Roundhouse2015Olivier Awards Outstanding Achievement in Opera nominee
FalstaffScottish Opera2008
MacbethScottish Opera2005 & 2014
Babette's FeastLinbury Studio, Royal Opera House 2003
Un Ballo in MascheraDublin Grand Opera1996
The GolemNorthern Stage1991


Future ForestsForestry England2019Co-Artistic Director with Lisa Wright
Jews Myth and MoneyJewish Museum2019Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects
The Tower RemembersThe Tower of London 2018With Composer Mira Calix
GoscinnyJewish Museum2017Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects
Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a ClassicV&A2017Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects
Curtain UpV&A2016Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects
Dr BlightyNutkhut, 14-18 NOW2016
BloodJewish Museum2015Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects
The Blood Swept Land and Seas of RedTower of London & UK Tour 14-18 NOW2014with Artist Paul Cummins
World Stage Design ExhibitionBridge Project2013
Shakespeare: Staging the WorldBritish Museum & Royal Shakespeare Company2012Collaboration with Alan Farlie Architects



A Winter's Tale

Royal Shakespeare Comapny