Costume and Performance Design

Will Hargreaves

Senior Lecturer – Costume and Performance Design

BA (Drama & Theatre Studies), PGCE


Will studied at Royal Holloway, London University and worked as a set and costume designer for 13 years at many venues, regionally, nationally and internationally.  In 2001, he completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and taught in London schools for over 6 years.  He became a lead teacher for Art & Design in Brent before joining the Costume and Performance Design course at AUB in 2009 with a particular mandate to support the development of the set design within the course. He has worked in the prop department at La Scala, the model room at the Royal Opera House and as a production manager and associate designer at the National Theatre.  His own theatre designs include:The Firebird, The Prisoner of Zenda (Watermill); Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Soho); Present Laughter, Blues in the Night (Birmingham Rep); Wild Boy, Wild Girl (Lyric Hammersmith & tour); Pump Boys & Dinettes (New Vic); The Importance of Being Earnest (Harrogate & tour); Great Balls of Fire (West End); Lady Windermere’s Fan, True West (Salisbury Playhouse); All My Sons, A Soldier’s Song, Tiger Tail, The Dresser, Burn This, The Glass Menagerie, Oleanna, (Plymouth Theatre Royal); The Messiah, Office Suite (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Rumplestiltskin (Nottingham); Getting The Picture (Lyric, Belfast); The Odd Couple (York); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Duet For One(Riverside); The Curlew River (Highgate Festival); The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly (Stowe Opera Festival), and national tours of Spot’s Birthday Party,  (revived twice).  Will realised Frank Stella’s designs for The Pajama Game (West End/Toronto).  Will has also designed eleven pantomimes for the Georgian Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, where his work has blended historical and contemporary genres.  Will has contributed research in this field and also produced research of the development of digital platforms as both design and communication tools.  Current research includes exploring the role of scenographer as a creative collaborator within the educational and professional performance sectors.  Recent design work includes This Flesh is Mine and When Nobody Returns, a contemporary retelling of the Iliad by Border Crossings working with Palestinian theatre company Ashtar in London in 2014 and 2016.

Teaching & professional practice

Scenography Specialism Leader for Costume & Performance Design course. Currently external examiner for the Theatre Design course at Rose Bruford College. Co-curator of student exhibition for Prague Quadrennial 2015

Professional memberships

  • Society of British Theatre Designers
  • Assciation of Courses in Theatre Design
  • Scenography Working Group at the Theatre and Performance Research Academy

Research Specialism

Current research includes exploring the role of scenographer as a creative collaborator within the educational and professional performance sectors and modes of communication for scenographers.

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