Rob Howell's work in theatre includes The Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida, Money, Battle Royal and Howard Katz for the National Theatre; The Shakespeare Review, The Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, Richard III, and The Family Reunion for the RSC; Simpatico, Hard Fruit, and Real Classy Affair for the Royal Court; Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa, Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea and Hedda Gabler (also at the Duke of York's Theatre) for the Almeida; Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre) and Proof for the Donmar; Tom & Clem, Tell Me On A Sunday, The Caretaker and Our House in the West End; The Graduate in the West End, Australia and on Broadway; Sunset Boulevard on UK Tour; True West at the Circle in the Square, New York; Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs at Hampstead Theatre and in the West End; Betrayal at the Theatre D'atelier, Paris, and on Broadway; Simply Heavenly at the Young Vic; Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Julius Caesar at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Eddie Izzard tours in 1998 and 2000; Endgame at the Albery Theatre, Bash at the Trafalgar Studios, Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and Broadway, Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Toronto; Inherit The Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed the Plow and Complicit at the Old Vic; The Last Cigarette at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Trafalgar Studios; Private Lives and Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville and most recently Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre. His opera credits include Turn of the Screw for the Welsh National Opera and Sophie's Choice for the Royal Opera House and Carmen for The Metropolitan Opera in New York which opened on New Year's Eve 2009.
Rob Howell received the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Set Designer for Troilus and Cressida, Vassa and Richard III. He was nominated for Best Costume Design in the same year for Troilus and Cressida and Money and for best set Designer in 1995 for The Glass Menagerie, for Chips with Everything in 1997 and for The Caretaker in 2001. Our House won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Musical. In 2006 Rob received an Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Hedda Gabler as well as being nominated for Best Costume Design for the same production. For Lord of the Rings in Toronto Rob received a 2006 Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design as well as a nomination for Outstanding Set Design, for the same production in London Rob was nominated for Best Set Deign and Best Costume Design at the 2008 Oliver Awards. Rob was nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play in the 2008 Tonys for Boeing Boeing on Broadway, Best Costumes Design at the 2009 Olivier Awards for The Norman Conquests and was nominated for Best Set Design for The Norman Conquests on Broadway in the 2009 Tonys.