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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 Productions

[Broadway, 2023]
Puppet Design
[West End, 2021]
Puppetry Designer
[Broadway, 2018]
Puppetry Design
[West End, 2017]
Puppetry Co-designer

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LIFE OF PI Will Play Extended Run at Chichester Festival Theatre This Autumn

Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, will play an extended run at the celebrated Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn where it plays from Thursday 16 November – Saturday 2 December 2023. 

LIFE OF PI Announces Broadway Closing Date

Lolita Chakrabarti’s LIFE OF PI will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Review: BEAUTY AND THEY BEAST at Alhambra Theatre And Dining

The Alhambra welcomes guests to the summer show Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The musical based on the 1991 film. The audience observes the characters attempt to break the curse by bringing Belle and the Beast together. Audiences will recognize the iconic songs from the 1991 movie, and additional songs from the 1994 Broadway musical.

Video: Meet the 2023 Tony Nominees for Costume Design

Many Broadway performers will tell you that being in their costume is the final piece of the puzzle to becoming their characters. Costume Designers are an integral part of creating the stage magic that makes Broadway Broadway and many of them were singled out this year for their incredible work. 

KIMBERLY AKIMBO & More Win 2023 Tony Awards - Full List of Winners!

Tonight's the night! The best of Broadway gathers today, June 11, at the United Palace to celebrate the 76th Annual Tony Awards. Kimberly Akimbo, Leopoldstadt, Some Like It Hot, Alex Newell, Sean Hayes, and more took home trophies. Check out the full list of winners now!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2023 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!

In just days, on June 11, The 76th Annual Tony Awards make their debut at the United Palace to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2022/23 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

Full Creative Team Revealed for THE MONGOL KHAN at the London Coliseum

The producers of The Mongol Khan, Esunmunkh Myagmar, Amundra Amartuvshin, Bayra Bela (Amazon The Power, NETFLIX Marco Polo), Unurmaa Janchiv, Oliver King (The Ukrainian Ballet, Counting Sheep) have announced a team of world class UK creatives who are being brought on board especially for the London staging of the production, working alongside venerated Mongolian Director Hero Baatar.

Cast Revealed For the UK Tour of LIFE OF PI, Led by Divesh Subaskaran

Casting has been announced for Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, starring an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger.

Divesh Subaskaran and More to Lead LIFE OF PI UK and Ireland Tour

The cast has been set for Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi. See where Life of Pi is performing, and learn how to purchase tickets!

SOME LIKE IT HOT, PARADE, and More Take Home 2023 Drama Desk Awards; Full List of Winners!

Winners for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. Among the big winners were Some Like It Hot, Parade, and more.

Photos: Andre De Shields Visits LIFE OF PI

 Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winner André De Shields visited the cast of the five-time Tony nominated production of LIFE OF PI at the Schoenfeld Theatre on Monday, May 29. De Shields greeted the cast backstage, led by Uma Paranjpe as Pi.

LIFE OF PI Puppeteers to Take Part in Talkback Session in June

Mango Moon Productions will present 'Puppetry Night at Life of Pi' on June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Schoenfeld Theater in NYC.

2023 Tony Awards Nominations- Live Reactions

Follow us throughout the day, as we'll bring you Tony nominee reactions, exclusive reports, surprises, behind the scenes coverage and oh, so much more!

2023 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show!

The nominations are in! Check out how each show fared individually in a full list of nominations by show.

SOME LIKE IT HOT, & JULIET, SHUCKED & More Lead The 2023 Tony Award Nominations

This year's Tony Awards nominations were announced this morning by Lea Michele and Myles Frost and here they are, celebrating the best of the 2022-23 theatre season.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Final Tony Eligibility Decisions, Drama League Awards

MFA programs in performing arts face challenges in adapting. Tony eligibility decisions and Drama League nominations revealed. 2023 Tony Awards Live Pre-Show to be streamed for free on Pluto TV. Easter Bonnet Competition raises over $3.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read on for more.

Final Tony Admin Decisions Leave Some Scratching Their Heads

Tomorrow is the big day—the Tony nominations. That means last week was the last eligibility decisions. Let’s peek behind the curtain at some of the main things we learned last week.

Tony Awards Administration Committee Makes Final Eligibility Rulings for 2022-23 Season

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met to confirm the eligibility status of eleven Broadway productions for the 2022-2023 season. This was the third and final time this season that the Tony Awards Administration Committee met to decide the eligibility for the 76th Annual Tony Awards. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Recap Tony Awards Eligibility Decisions of the 2022-23 Season

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has been meeting all year to discuss the eligibility of the 2022-23 Broadway productions all leading up to Tuesdays big announcement... the Tony nominations.


Nick Barnes has been nominated for several awards in the Broadway industry. He was nominated for Outstanding Puppetry at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "Life of Pi." Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Costume Design of a Play at the Tony Awards for the same production. Barnes was also recognized for his outstanding puppet design in "Angels in America" at the Drama Desk Awards. These nominations highlight his talent and contribution to the world of Broadway.

Nick Barnes has won the Outstanding Puppetry award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work in the show Life of Pi.

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