Nick Barnes

Nick 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), A Dog’s Heart (ENO/DNO), Shunkin and Master and Margarita (Complicité), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre), On Emotion (Soho Theatre), Faeries (Royal Opera House), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/WYP). In 2012 he co-directed the puppetry in Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games.

More recent puppetry credits include co-design for The Lorax (The Old Vic) and Ariodante (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, DNO), Associate Designer forRunning Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent's 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), puppet design and direction Mr Popper’s Penguin’s (Pins & Needles/Kenny Wax Ltd West End and Broadway), 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 co-designed the Angels wings for Angels in America (National Theatre London and transfer to Broadway in 2018).

Forthcoming projects include The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate Northampton).