STEVE HOWELL

SCENIC DESIGNER

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Steve, originally from Wales, is a freelance scenic designer based in the UK. He studied at the University College of Wales and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

He began his professional career at the Theatre Royal, York before moving to Salisbury Playhouse, where he was Head of Design for a number of years. During this time he designed sets and costumes for over 80 productions including classic dramas, contemporary works, musicals and world premieres. Favourite productions included Amadeus, Passion Play,  A Tale of  Two Cities, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Duchess of Malfi, Wild  Honey, Pravda, She Stoops To Conquer, Mary Stuart, Wuthering Heights, The Forsyte Saga, Man and Superman, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.

Freelance work included productions for various regional theatres in the UK as well as national and international tours for commercial producers. He also designed productions for the Chester and Salisbury International Music Festivals, the English Theatre of Vienna and the Olivier stage at the Royal National Theatre.

Opera work includes a number of productions for the Dorset Opera Festival including  Il Trovatore, Suor Angelica, The Flying Dutchman and La Traviata (directed  by Sir Jonathan Miller), Un Ballo in Maschera, L’Elisir d’Amore, Aida, Fidelio, Eugene Onegin , Macbeth, Faust , Le Comte d’Ory, La Boheme and Le Cid.

In recent years he has worked extensively for a number of prestigious cruise line companies in the UK, Europe and America including Cunard, Celebrity, Silversea, Viking Cruises, P&O Cruises, Seabourn and Marella Cruises.

For commercial theatre he designed the UK tours of Remembering Fred, starring Aljaz & Janette from Strictly Come Dancing , Rip It Up – The 60s, starring Aston Merrygold, HarryJudd and Louis Smith, which also played in the West End, Here Come The Boys, Summer Holiday – The Musical and Rip it Up – The 70s.He also designed a major production of The Wizard of Oz for Selladoor Worldwide at Blackpool Opera House.

Current projects include : the UK tours of Burn the Floor, starring Kevin Clifton; Him & Me, starring Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice and two operas, Cosi fan Tutte and Don Giovanni for Dorset Opera Festival 2021. Here Come the Boys will also be playing at the London Palladium in May 2021 before touring the UK.

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