Jamie Vartan

Designer

Jamie Vartan

Jamie trained at the Central School of Art and Design

In 1988 Jamie was awarded an Arts Council Bursary to work as the Associate Designer at the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre.

WINNER OF THE WORLD STAGE DESIGN AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN (MISTERMAN) SEPTEMBER 2013

www.jamievartan.com

2014
The Girl's Guide to Saving the World by Elinor Cook

HighTide Festival, Halesworth, Suffolk
Dir: Amelia Sears

Khandan by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Dir: Roxanne Silbert

Adriana Lecouvreuer

Opera Holland Park
Dir: Martin Lloyd-Evans

Ballyturk by Enda Walsh (Landmark Productions) Galway Arts Festival, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Opera House Cork, Lyttelton London
2013
Heather Gardner (Heather Gabler adapted by Robin French)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Dir: Mike Bradwell

The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller

The Print Room
Dir: Cathal Cleary

'Jamie Vartan's clever set design, in which we enter though the convincing corridors of a slightly frayed at the edges hospital, also deserves a mention.' Robert Cumber - Fulham Chronicle
L'Isola Disabitata (Haydn) Hobart Baroque Festival, Tasmania
Dir. Rodula Gaitanou
I gioiella della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari) Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd-Evans

‘one cannot deny that the resulting farrago holds one’s attention in an iron grip.’ Rupert Christiansen - Telegraph

'Jamie Vartan’s sets and costumes conjure up a credibly louche vision of period Neapolitan low life.' George Hall – The Guardian

'…Martin Lloyd-Evans’s new production, in Jamie Vartan’s 1950s street-scene set, understands and realises to perfection the composer’s own heady intoxication with sex and spirituality, with fantasy and fetishism, with the dangerous and eternal counterpoint of woman as whore and Madonna.' Hilary Finch – The Times

''a hugely enjoyable show.' Hugo Shirley - Opera
Cristina, Regina di Svezia (Foroni) Wexford Festival Opera
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
* Irish Times Awards 2014 nominee for Best Opera *

'This year's major discovery, however, turns out to be Cristina, Queen of Sweden by the forgotten Italian Jacopo Foroni......Designed with flair by Jamie Vartan, Stephen Metcalf's production draws parallels between Cristina's abdication and that of Edward VIII, providing a handsome frame for the perfectly focused drama in the foreground.' George Hall - The Guardian

'Stephen Medcalf's ingeniously flowing production in Art Deco designs by Jamie Vartan takes its cue from the silver screen, incorporating footage of Neville Camberlain's "Peace in our time" speech and evoking Britain's abdication crisis. It provides a stylish focus for performances...' John Allison - Telegraph

'The director-designer team of Stephen Medcalf and Jamie Vartan dress the cast in 1930s costumes and preface each act with film clips of international crisis-points of that era. It's convincingly done. By giving Cristina a modern edge, they show how the queen's public and private dilemmas echo through history.' Andrew Clark - Financial Times

Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera/D'Oyly Carte
Dir. Martin Lloyd-Evans

What great entertainment...stage direction is neat... plenty of delightfully choreographed movement... all the cast give strong performances, including the chorus.’ Rosenna East in The Herald

‘In his nimble new production director Martin Lloyd-Evans has delivered a fresh and vital slant on an old chestnut… much of that is down to Jamie Vartan’s refreshing designs…. They sing magnificently.’ Ken Walton in The Scotsman

'This slick, gorgeous-looking new co-production of The Pirates of Penzance between Scottish Opera and The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company is in a different league to anything an amateur company could produce. As a result they have had to work harder on those little details that generate the laughs and certainly director Martin Lloyd-Evans has gleefully exploited every opportunity. His puckish approach was echoed in designer Jamie Vartan's simple, angular set and Pythonesque visual jokes.' Susan Nickalls - Telegraph
'The tone of this performance banishes memories of the old D'Oyly Carte by virtue of its musical discipline and fresh, serviceable sets. There is no crass updating or vulgar humour in Martin Lloyd-Evans' staging, designed by Jamie Vartan, but neither is it tired tradition. As with the accents, ranging from Scottish and "northern" to posh and "mumerset", the show seems designed to appeal to the widest possible constituency'. Andrew Clark - Financial Times
2012
Mass Observation Inspector Sands
Dir. Lu Kemp
A Village Romeo and Juliet Wexford Festival Opera
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
'A Stephen Medcalf staging of Delius's A Village Romeo and Juliet was originally intended for the Royal Opera to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Bradford-born composer's birth, but the death of the scheduled conductor, Charles Mackerras, and a 15% cut in the Arts Council's subsidy put paid to that, and Agler eagerly stepped into the breach, commissioning new - handsome and blissfully simple - set designs from Jamie Vartan.' Opera

Winner Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012 - Best Set Design - Jamie Vartan, A Village Romeo and Juliet, Wexford Festival Opera

Misterman National Theatre, Lyttleton
Landmark Productions
Dir. Enda Walsh
Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Holland Park
Dir. Olivia Fuchs
Betrothal in a Monastery Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Opera
Dir. Rodula Gaitanou
'But it's Rodula Gaitanou's funny-and-fluent post-Franco production, brightly designed by Jamie Vartan and deftly choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, that keeps us entertained, even when the plot becomes long-winded. Gaitanou has a fund of cliché-free ideas, a rare gift for stagecraft and a way of getting the best out of everyone - including Prokofiev.' Financial Times, Andrew Clark
2011
The Poor Mouth Blue Raincoat
Misterman
by Enda Walsh
Landmark Productions
Dir. Enda Walsh

'...it is given a monumental staging. Jamie Vartan's exposed two-storey set is a vast warehouse strewn with tyres and cast-off furniture. Murphy tears through this bleak space, playing a cast of increasingly hostile small-town characters...' The Guardian, Helen Meany

Carmen Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
La Wally Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd-Evans

'Now there's a challenge to concentrate the mind of any opera designer, leave alone one, Jamie Vartan, working within Opera Holland Park's limited resources. But it's amazing what you can do with a succession of ropes and pulleys and one humungous tarpaulin. With a little stretching of the audience's collective imagination and some stage-hand muscle you can create peaks and ravines and even, during Catalani's beautiful final act prelude, have the entire mountain range rear up before us.' The Independent, Edward Seckerson

'Opera Holland Park's terrific new production, unfussily directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans and designed by Jamie Vartan, solves the problem elegantly by avoiding naturalism: the Tirol is suggested by means of an off-white tarpaulin raised and lowered by ropes, and no attempt is made to present Tosca -like leaps into the abyss...This is Opera Holland Park at its best - a genuine revival and not just the exhumation of a corpse. Covent Garden should take it on now. ' Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

2010
Rhinoceros Blue Raincoat
Romeo et Juliette Operosa, Sofia Bulgaria
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans
L'Isola Disabitata Royal Opera House
Dir. Rodula Gaitanou
Francesca Da Rimini Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans

'Jamie Vartan's claustrophobic rotating sets portray Francesca's emotional imprisonment brilliantly'
Dominic McHugh, Musical Criticism . com

Fidelio Opera Holland Park
Dir. Olivia Fuchs
The Saint of Bleecker Street Opera de Marseille
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
2009
Swim Two Birds Blue Raincoat
Dir. Niall Henry
The Last Mile Blue Raincoat
Dir. Tom Creed
Aida (revival) Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
Il Pirata Opera de Marseille
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
Death in Venice Salzburger Landestheater
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
Un Ballo in Maschera Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans
2008
Breaking the Silence Nottingham Playhouse
Dir. Esther Richardson
Vertigo Nottingham Playhouse
Dir. Giles Groft

'...what we see is a re-enacted trauma,...all taking place on Jamie Vartan's wonderful hospital set, where his wall of silhouetted bottles and pill boxes resembles a monochrome Damien Hirst.' Jeremy Kingston, Times On Line

La Gioconda Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans
La Traviata
(Revival)
Malmo, Sweden
Dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Ariadne auf Naxos Salzburg Landestheater
Dir: S Medcalf

2007

Alice in Wonderland The Helix, Dublin
Dir. Michael Barker-Caven
Tom's Midnight Garden Library Theatre, Manchester
Dir: Liam Steele & Roger Haines
The Third Policeman Blue Raincoat
Dir: Niall Henry
L'Amore Dei Tre Re Opera Holland Park
Dir: Martin Lloyd Evans

'Jamie Vartan's set, a brutalistic edifice with suspended steps, discourages any scenery-chewing, which is just as well. ... the blind patriarch Archibaldo, here styled as Mussolini, ...looks like a man who enjoys throwing furniture around. With no tapestries to abuse, he has to settle for abusing ...Fiora, which he does with relish.'
Roderic Dunnett, The Independent

'..designer Jamie Vartan's set is perhaps the most ambitious the company has ever presented. A gloomy, oppressive grey tower forms the focus for the entire opera, with steps ascending precariously to a room above.'
Dominic McHugh, MusicalCriticism.com

'But the set's grey death only highlights the tortured passions shrieking through...'
Geoff Brown, The Times

Don Giovanni Operosa, Sofia Bulgaria
Dir: John la Bouchardiere
Albert Herring Salzburg Landestheater
Capriccio Guildhall School of Music & Drama

2006

The Chairs
Blue Raincoat Theatre Company
The Golden Goose The Library Theatre, Manchester
Dir. Charles Way
Rigoletto Opera Holland Park
Dir. John la Bouchardiere

'... a contemporary-style Rigoletto staged in Jamie Vartan's bare white set, furnished with a scattering of white chairs, but giving a nod to 16th century ducal tastes with a row of female nudes ranged on either side of the stage.' Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine, October 2006

The Queen of Spades Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans
In The Spirit of the Man
a play about Brian Clough, by Stephen Lowe

Nottingham Playhouse
and then on tour opening at the Leicester Haymarket
Dir. Alan Dossor

May Night

Garsington Opera
Dir. Olivia Fuchs

'The rough-painted, blue set was masterful... mobile, rugged blue houses, unpacked like Russian dolls, were inspirational' Liz Mellings, Opera Review, Oxford, 15 June 2006

2005

Cosi fan Tutte
Romeo and Juliet

(Set Design)

British Youth Opera
Dirs. Martin Lloyd Evans and Olivia Fuchs

In The Spirit of the Man
a play about Brian Clough, by Stephen Lowe

Nottingham Playhouse
Dir. Alan Dossor

Carmen

Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

Queen of Spades

La Scala, Milan
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

2004

La Vestale

Wexford Festival, Ireland
Dir. Thomas de Mallett Burgess

Luisa Miller
(Set Design)

Opera Holland Park
Dir. Olivia Fuchs

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Holland Park
Dir. Martin Lloyd Evans

Beauty in a Broken Place
by Colm Toibin

The Abbey and Peacock, Dublin
Dir. Niall Henry

Angels Among the Trees
by Jonathan Holloway

Nottingham Playhouse
Dir. Giles Croft

Bhullie's House

Border Crossings - Riverside Studios

La Statira
by Cavalli

Teatro San Carlo, Naples
Dir. Paul Curran

2003

Requiem

Phoenix Dance Company
Chor. Darshan Singh Bhuller

Memory of Water
by Shelagh Stephenson

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Dir. Mark Lambert

Doldrum Bay
by Hilary Fanning

The Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Mark Lambert

Fidelio

Opera Holland Park
Dir. Olivia Fuchs

Tosca

Opera Holland Park
Dir. James Robert Carson

Aida

Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
Dir. Stephen Medcalfe

2002

Tom's Midnight Garden

Library Theatre Manchester
Dir. Roger Haines

L'Etoile

Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Dir. Thomas de Mallett Burgess

A Village Romeo and Juliet

Teatro Lirico Di Cagliari
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

La Traviata

Malmo, Sweden
Dir. Thomas de Mallett Burgess

2001

Playboy of the Western World

Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Niall Henry

Going Into Shadows
by Andrew Schulz
World Premiere

Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Dir. Stephen Medcalf
Tour to Queensland Conservatorium, Australia

The Dwarf
by Zemlinsky

Teatro Regio of Turin
Dir. Annabel Arden

Blackwater Angel
by Jim Nolan

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Ben Barnes

Manon

English Touring Opera
Dir. Gordon Anderson

2000

Recall

Singh Productions
Chor. Darshan Singh Buller

Because its There
by Jonathan Holloway

Nottingham Playhouse
Dir. Giles Croft

Nosferatu

Red Shift
Dir. Jonathan Holloway

Mrs Warren's Profession

Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

The Marriage of Figaro

Opera Music Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

Requiem

Young Vic Theatre
Part of The Red Thread David Glass Ensemble
Also exhibition of work from this Trilogy

Opera Showcase

National Opera Studio
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

1999

Making History

Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

The Lost Child

2nd part of Trilogy
David Glass Ensemble
Prague Quadrennale Design Exhibition of Work from this and Hansel and Gretel

Faust

Mid Wales Opera
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

1998

Hansel and Gretel

1st part of the Trilogy
David Glass Ensemble
Artist in Residence

Over the 3 years parts of the trilogy were Toured to UK, Vietnam, Philippines, Columbia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Bosnia. Work with street children, deaf and blind children, abused children

Der Zwerg
(The Dwarf)

Teatro Comunale, Florence
Dir. Annabel Arden

1997

Sour Grapes
by Michael Harding

Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

Aida

Mid Wales Opera
Dir. Stephen Medcalf

Off the Wall

Polka Childrens' Theatre, London
Dir. David Glass

Cat Man's Tale
by Alasdair Nicholson

Opera Circus
Dir. Peta Lilly

1996

La Calisto

Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess

The Hostage

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

King Stag

Opera Circus
Dir. David Glass

1995

Playboy of the Western World

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

A Little Like Paradise

Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Brian Brady

Don Giovanni

Stowe Opera
Dir. Michael Walling

Tales of Hoffmann

Stowe Opera
Dir. Stuart Maunder

Tales of Frankenstein

Snap Theatre
Dir. Jeremy James

1994

Cosi fan Tutte

Stowe Opera

Rigoletto

Stowe Opera

Mayor of Casterbridge

Snap Theatre

Wuthering Heights

Snap Theatre

Beau Jest

Birmingham Old Theatre and Bloomsbury
Dir. Graeme Messer

Thorsilve

Theatre Femina, Bordeaux
Dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess

Road

Barn Theatre

Live Like Pigs

Barn Theatre

1991 - 1993

Making History

Teatro Tordinona, Rome

The House of the Spirits

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Dir. Michael Batz

Happy Days

Millstream Theatre and Edinburgh Festival

Paradise Fish Bar

BBC TV "10 x 10" series
Dir. Tamsin Carter

Smell

Short Film Munich and Angers Film Festivals

1990

No Worries

Theatre Foundry

As You Like It

The Devon Shakespeare Project

The King of Jazz

BBB TV (Art Director)

1988 - 1989

Arts Council Bursary Nottingham Playhouse. Productions included:

Stepping Out

 

Spiders Web

 

How the Other Half Loves

 

Plaza Suite

 

Lark Rose

 

The Act

 

1987

Will Thorne

Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Agent - Loesje Sanders

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