Scottish director and designer Stewart Laing makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season designing sets and costumes for La bohème, directed by Richard Jones.
Laing studied theatre design at Central School of Art and Design. He is Artistic Director of Untitled Projects, which he founded in 1998. Directing credits with Untitled Projects include the J.G. Ballard Project, Blind_Sight, Slope, An Argument about Sex, The Salon Project, Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Slope Redux. Further directing credits include many productions for Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Ten Plagues for Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Les Parents terribles and Titus Andronicus for Dundee Rep Theatre and The Sewing Group for Royal Court. Opera directing credits include La bohème and Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera, Les Mamelles de Tirésias and L’Heure espagnole for Grange Park Opera, Tosca for NorrlandsOperan and La fanciulla del West and Dead Man Walking for Malmö Opera.
As a designer Laing works extensively with Jones, for whom he has designed many productions including Titanic (Broadway), Peter Grimes (La Scala, Milan), The Capture of Troy and From Morning to Midnight (English National Opera), Skin Deep (Opera North), L’Augellino Belverde (Batignano), The Hairy Ape (Old Vic and Park Avenue Amory, New York), All’s Well that Ends Well (New York Shakespeare Festival), Holy Mothers (Royal Court) and Rumpelstiltskin (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group).