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John Napier studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art in the early 1960s and theatre design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Ralph Koltai. He is an associate designer of the RSC. Notable productions for the RSC include: Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Once in a Lifetime, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2016]
Scenic and Costume Designer
 
[West End, 2014]
Designs
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Scenic Designer
Costume Designer
 
[West End, 2008]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Scenic Designer
 
[West End, 2001]
Production
 
[US Tour, 1998]
Production
 
[UK Tour, 1998]
Scenic Designer
 
[US Tour, 1996]
Production
 
[Canada, 1995]
Production
 
[Regional (US), 1993]
Production
 
[West End, 1993]
Production
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Scenic Designer
 
[West End, 1989]
Settings
 
[West End, 1989]
Settings
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Settings/Costumes
 
[West End, 1985]
Scenic Designer
 
[West End, 1984]
Settings/Costumes
 
[West End, 1981]
Settings/Costumes

John Napier Biography

John Napier studied fine art at Hornsey College of Art in the early 1960s and theatre design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Ralph Koltai. He is an associate designer of the RSC.
Notable productions for the RSC include: Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Once in a Lifetime, The Greeks, Nicholas Nickleby, Hedda Gabler, Peter Pan and Mother Courage.

NT productions include: The Party (Olivier‚Äôs last performance at the Old Vic), Equus, later seen worldwide, Trelawny of the ‚ÄėWells‚Äô, An Enemy of the People, Peter Pan, Candide and South Pacific. Opera includes Lohengrin and Macbeth (Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Idomeneo (Glyndebourne), The Devils (ENO) and Nabucco (Metropolitan Opera).

Musical theatre includes: Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard.

These productions have been presented on Broadway and around the world. Other West End designs include: Time, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar. John designed the Captain EO video starring Michael Jackson for Disney. He created and co-directed the spectacular Siegfried & Roy Show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, followed by Steven Spielberg’s film Hook. Other designs include: Burning Blue (Haymarket, 1996 Olivier Award for Best Set Design), The Tower and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (both Almeida), Martin Guerre (West Yorkshire Playhouse and tour) and the musical version of Jane Eyre (Broadway). He recently designed Skellig (Young Vic), Aladdin (Old Vic) and Gone with the Wind (New London).

John Napier’s design awards include two Society of West End Theatre Awards, an Olivier, a BAFTA and five Tony Awards for Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables and Sunset Boulevard. He is a member of the American Academy of Achievement, was elected Royal Designer for Industry in 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute.

John Napier Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Set Design Gold Star
John Napier, Les Miserables
 
The Hewes Awards - 1987 - Costume Design Gold Star
John Napier, Starlight Express
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Costume Design Gold Star
John Napier, Starlight Express
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Scenic Design Gold Star
John Napier , Les Misérables
 
Olivier Awards - 1984 - Designer of the Year
John Napier, Starlight Express
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Costume Design Gold Star
John Napier, Cats
 
Olivier Awards - 1983 - Designer of the Year
John Napier, Peter Pan, RSC
 
The Hewes Awards - 1982 - Special Citation Gold Star
John Napier, The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Designer of the Year
John Napier, Cats
 
Olivier Awards - 1979 - Designer of the Year
John NapierOnce In A Lifetime
 
Olivier Awards - 1977 - Designer of the Year Gold Star
John NapierKing Lear
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Costume Design
John Napier, Equus
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Set Design
John Napier, Equus

John Napier News

Video: Andrew Lloyd Webber Sends Message Of Support to Ukrainian Students Performing  Photo Video: Andrew Lloyd Webber Sends Message Of Support to Ukrainian Students Performing CATS in Bomb Shelter
by Stage Tube - Mar 23, 2023

Students at a school in Kiyv recorded a production of the musical CATS from their bomb shelter amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Purchase College To Honor Technical Theatre Legend William M. Mensching On April 24 Photo Purchase College To Honor Technical Theatre Legend William M. Mensching On April 24
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 15, 2023

Purchase College, State University of New York‚Äôs¬†Broadway Technical Theatre History Project, will present the Ninth Broadway technical ‚ÄúBackstage Legends and Masters Award‚ÄĚ to theater legend,¬†William M. (Bill) Mensching¬†on¬†Monday, April 24, 2023 at 7 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center on campus, located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS Will Play Mayo Performing Arts Center From, March 10-Marc Photo Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS Will Play Mayo Performing Arts Center From, March 10-March 12
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 7, 2023

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history,¬†CATS¬†will come to Morristown's Mayo Performing Arts Center from Friday, March 10 ‚Äď Sunday, March 12.

CATS Returns To Philadelphia By Popular Demand March 14 ‚Ä" 19 On The Kimmel Cultural Photo CATS Returns To Philadelphia By Popular Demand March 14 ‚Ä" 19 On The Kimmel Cultural Campus
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 25, 2023

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will return to Philadelphia March 14 through March 19, 2023, at the Miller Theater (formerly Merriam Theater), presented by the Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization.

Review: CATS at National Theatre Photo Review: CATS at National Theatre
by Hannah Wing - Jan 18, 2023

So, should you attend the Jellicle Ball? Absolutely. Cats is one of those musicals that will stay with you, whether you see it for the first time or twentieth time. think of CATS at National Theatre?

CATS On Sale At The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center This Friday Photo CATS On Sale At The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center This Friday
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 12, 2022

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center has announced the on sale date for one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS.

CATS On Sale At Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium This Week Photo CATS On Sale At Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium This Week
by Stephi Wild - Nov 2, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium for three performances, Feb. 17 ‚Äď 18, 2023, as part of a new North American tour. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

Review: CATS at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater Photo Review: CATS at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater
by Jared Fessler - Oct 26, 2022

What did our critic think of CATS at Orpheum? Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS Comes To Cleveland, November 1-20 Photo Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS Comes To Cleveland, November 1-20
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 30, 2022

One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, CATS will come to Playhouse Square from November 1-20 as part of a multi-season North American tour.

Review: CATS at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts Photo Review: CATS at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts
by Linda Hodges - Sep 22, 2022

What did our critic, Linda Hodges think of CATS at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts?

John Napier Videos

VIDEO: Lauren Louis Talks CATS National Tour at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Videoplay
VIDEO: Lauren Louis Talks CATS National Tour at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

CATS is Lauren Louis' first national tour! She worked for Disneyland as a principal vocalist & dance swing while getting her Musical Theatre BFA from CSU Fullerton.

VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of CATS in San Francisco Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the National Tour of CATS in San Francisco

by Stephi Wild - Mar 8, 2022

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th Videoplay
CATS Comes To South Bend Through December 5th

by Alan Henry - Dec 3, 2021

CATS will perform in South Bend this weekend through Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Get a first look at the national tour cast in action!

Exclusive Video: CATS Tour Cast Members Perform WAITRESS's 'She Used to Be Mine' Videoplay
Exclusive Video: CATS Tour Cast Members Perform WAITRESS's 'She Used to Be Mine'

by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2019

The company of the Cats first national tour headed to the diner for a special cover of Waitress's iconic song 'She Used to Be Mine' featuring cast members Maria Failla and Laura Katherine Kaufman. For Maria, creating this video was a way of sharing her story of letting the theatre industry define her beauty and taking that definition back. Check out the full video!

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of CATS On Tour Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of CATS On Tour

by Alan Henry - Aug 1, 2019

Go behind the scenes at Cats the Musical with Keri René Fuller as she prepares for a performance and transforms into Grizabella the Glamour Cat while in Chicago! Check out the video!

BREAKING VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' From The CATS Film Videoplay
BREAKING VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Memory' From The CATS Film

by Alan Henry - Apr 3, 2019

BroadwayWorld has just learned that at a special CinemaCon event today, Jennifer Hudson performed 'Memory' - Grizabella's soaring second act ballad which convinces the Jellicles to select her to be the cat which is reborn to a new Jellicle life.

VIDEO: CATS Opens at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles Videoplay
VIDEO: CATS Opens at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2019

CATS opened in Los Angeles last night, and Hollywood came out to walk the Jellicle carpet! Check out video from the opening night below!

VIDEO: Ian McKellen Tells Graham Norton How He's Preparing for the CATS Film Videoplay
VIDEO: Ian McKellen Tells Graham Norton How He's Preparing for the CATS Film

by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2018

On Friday night's episode of 'The Graham Norton Show,' Ian McKellen was a guest. During the interview, Norton brought up McKellen's upcoming role alongside Dame Judi Dench in the musical film adaptation of 'Cats.' This prompted McKellen to show off some of his musical talent.

VIDEO: Broadway's CATS Supports Shelter Felines, Pet Adoption in New Campaign Videoplay
VIDEO: Broadway's CATS Supports Shelter Felines, Pet Adoption in New Campaign

by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

Each year, six to eight million dogs and Cats will enter shelters and rescue groups, but only about half will be adopted. To encourage shelter pet adoption during the holiday season, the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic Broadway hit Cats have teamed up with The Shelter Pet Project to help these furry friends find their forever homes. As part of the partnership, the Cats cast took part in a purr-fect PSA to reinforce the importance of shelter pet adoption and how adoption has personally impacted their lives. Watch the PSA below!

STAGE TUBE: CATS Company Pounces on Broadway in New TV Commercial
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2017

Broadway veteran Mamie Parris recently assumed the iconic role of 'Grizabella the Glamour Cat' in the first-ever Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS. The show just unveiled a new TV commercial, featuring Parris and the company in action - check it out below!


John Napier Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has John Napier been nominated for?
Best Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Les Miserables , Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Starlight Express , Best Costume Design (Tony Awards) for Starlight Express , Best Scenic Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables , Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Starlight Express , Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Cats , Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Peter Pan, RSC , Special Citation (The Hewes Awards) for The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby , Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Cats , Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Once In A Lifetime , Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for King Lear Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Equus and Outstanding Set Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Equus .

What awards has John Napier won?
Best Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Les Miserables, Costume Design (The Hewes Awards) for Starlight Express, Best Costume Design (Tony Awards) for Starlight Express, Best Scenic Design (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables, Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Cats Special Citation (The Hewes Awards) for The Life And Adventures of Nicholas Nicklebyand Designer of the Year (Olivier Awards) for King Lear.