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Nick Barnes

 
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Bio:
NICK BARNES studied drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art and soon after began incorporating puppets into his designs for opera and theatre, nationally and internationally. Until recently he was joint artistic director of the puppetry company Blind Summit ... (read complete bio)
 
Nick Barnes Headshot

Bio:
NICK BARNES studied drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art and soon after began incorporating puppets into his designs for opera and theatre, nationally and internationally. Until recently he was joint artistic director of the puppetry company Blind Summit ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2021]
Puppetry Designer
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Puppetry Design
 
[West End, 2017]
Puppetry Co-designer

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2021]
Puppetry Designer

[Broadway, 2018]
Puppetry Design

[West End, 2017]
Puppetry Co-designer

Nick Barnes Biography

NICK BARNES studied drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art and soon after began incorporating puppets into his designs for opera and theatre, nationally and internationally. Until recently he was joint artistic director of the puppetry company Blind Summit Theatre, which he co-founded. With Blind Summit Nick designed puppets for Madame Butterfly (ENO, Metropolitan Opera, Anthony Minghella), A Dog's Heart (ENO/DNO), Shunkin and Master and Margarita (Complicite, Simon McBurney), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre, Moises Kaufman), On Emotion (Soho Theatre, Mick Gordon), Faeries (Royal Opera House, Will Tuckett), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/WYP, Rachel Kavanagh). In 2012, he co-directed the puppetry in Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games. He now runs Nick Barnes Puppets, designing and making puppets for productions across the UK and abroad. Recent projects include co-design for The Lorax (Old Vic, London, Toronto, San Diego and Minneapolis) and Ariodante (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, DNO), Associate Designer for Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre/Regents Park), co-direction and design of a new adaptation of David Walliams' children's book The First Hippo on the Moon (Les Enfants Terribles, UK Tour), design and direction Mr. Popper's Penguin's (Pins & Needles/Kenny Wax Ltd, West End/Broadway, Texas & Seattle), and The Little Beasts (The Other Palace, London). Nick has also designed a spectacular Firebird and a giant Gnome for the BBC Ten Pieces Proms (Royal Albert Hall) and most recently he designed and directed the puppetry for The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), and Beauty & the Beast (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Nick Barnes Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Puppet Design
Nick BarnesAngels in America

Nick Barnes News

LIFE OF PI Will Make North American Premiere at A.R.T. in  December Photo LIFE OF PI Will Make North American Premiere at A.R.T. in December
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2022

American Repertory Theater will produce in its 2022/23 Season the North American premiere of Life of Pi, the acclaimed theatrical adaptation by Lolita Chakrabarti of the best-selling novel by Yann Martel. Max Webster will direct, with Tony Award winner Tim Hartley providing scenic and costume design and Finn Caldwell providing puppetry and movement direction.

LIFE OF PI Extends Booking Through 30 October 2022 Photo LIFE OF PI Extends Booking Through 30 October 2022
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2022

Following phenomenal public demand and a remarkable haul of five prestigious Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, it was announced today (6 May 2022) that public booking for Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti's dazzling stage adaption of Yann Martel's award-winning book at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End, has been extended until 30 October 2022.

Olivier Awards 2022 - Full List of Winners! Photo Olivier Awards 2022 - Full List of Winners!
by Team BWW - Apr 10, 2022

British theatre's biggest night is here at last. The Olivier Awards 2022 with Mastercard take place tonight, 10 April, at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony will be hosted by Jason Manford and broadcast via official media partners ITV and Magic Radio. We'll be updating the list of nominees LIVE.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Alhambra Theatre And Dining Photo BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES at Alhambra Theatre And Dining
by Jordan Higginbotham - Mar 26, 2022

It’s “nothin’ but a good time” at Alhambra Theatre and Dining in Jacksonville! Rock of Ages opened at Alhambra Theatre and Dining on March 25th and audiences went wild. The musical follows two aspiring artists making their way in Los Angeles. While we follow the two artists, a rally is going on to prevent the demolition of the Sunset Strip, where all the art and music is produced. With many popular songs of the 1980’s, audiences are sure to notice a few hits, maybe even bob their head to the rhythm.

LIFE OF PI Extends Booking to 4 September Photo LIFE OF PI Extends Booking to 4 September
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

Following its recently announced nine Olivier award nominations, it was announced today (17 March 2022) that public booking for Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti's dazzling stage adaptation of Yann Martel's award-winning book, has been extended until 4 September 2022.

CABARET Leads in Nominations for the 2022 Olivier Awards Photo CABARET Leads in Nominations for the 2022 Olivier Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 8, 2022

Nominations have been announced for the Olivier Awards 2022 with Mastercard, British theatre’s most prestigious honours, which take place on Sunday 10 April at the Royal Albert Hall.

Fuel Announces A Programme Of Work For 2022 Photo Fuel Announces A Programme Of Work For 2022
by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2022

Kate McGrath, Director of Fuel has today announced a programme of work for 2022 that encompasses a commitment to work for children and young people as well as work that investigates urgent global questions that face us all. Following the launch of Fuel Digital, 2022 continues this work with more groundbreaking digital projects.

West End Production Of LIFE OF PI Extends Public Booking To 29 May 2022 Photo West End Production Of LIFE OF PI Extends Public Booking To 29 May 2022
by Stephi Wild - Dec 10, 2021

Following its triumphant West End opening at Wyndham's Theatre last week, producer Simon Friend today announced that public booking for Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti's dazzling stage adaptation of Yann Martel's award-winning book, has been extended until 29 May 2022 with the release of 70,000 new tickets. 

BWW Review: LIFE OF PI, Wyndham's Theatre Photo BWW Review: LIFE OF PI, Wyndham's Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Dec 3, 2021

Lolita Chakrabarti’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi received rave reviews when it debuted at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre back in 2019. The pandemic delayed the West End run, but it has now finally opened at the Wyndham’s theatre and goodness, it was worth the wait!

Photos: First Look at LIFE OF PI in the West End Photo Photos: First Look at LIFE OF PI in the West End
by Stephi Wild - Nov 23, 2021

The highly anticipated West End premiere of Life of Pi, Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning book has roared into the West End. 

Nick Barnes Videos

BWW TV: Puppetry Designers Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell On LIFE OF PI VideoBWW TV: Puppetry Designers Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell On LIFE OF PI
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 3, 2019

Puppetry designers Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell discuss the challenges of bringing the animals to life in LIFE OF PI. Watch the video below!

VIDEO: See Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and More in the Trailer for National Theatre Live's ANGELS IN AMERICA Broadcast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

As previously announced, National Theatre Live will broadcast ANGELS IN AMERICA, Tony Kushner's multi-award-winning two-part play, this summer. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be in cinemas from 20 July. Part Two: Perestroika will be in cinemas from 27 July. Watch the trailer for the cinema events below!

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of CST's THE TABLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 16, 2013

Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off this season'sWorld's Stage Series with Blind Summit's The Table, a production from the United Kingdom, which launches its first United States tour Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare for a limited two-week engagement, October 16 to 27, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights below!


Nick Barnes Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Nick Barnes been nominated for?
Outstanding Puppet Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Angels in America .