Paul Farnsworth

Paul trained in theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art and has designed extensively in the West End, around the UK and internationally.

His forthcoming designs include The Third Man directed by Trevor Nunn at the Menier Chocolate Factory and also later in 2023 Pacific Overtures which has just played a very successful season in Japan; Hairspray at Kilworth House, The Hundred Year Old Man in Sweden and Matilda in Finland.  His most recent work includes Mamma Mia! in Antwerp, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof and Dance of the Vampires at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, Assassins in Norway, and The Boyfriend, Pack of LIes and Barnham all for the Menier Chocolate Factory.  

Paul’s extensive list of credits in London and the West End include the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (Queen’s Theatre - Olivier Award nomination for Best Set Design), Follies (Royal Festival Hall), Lend Me A Tenor - the musical (Gielgud - also Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Shall We Dance with Adam Cooper (Sadler’s Wells), She Loves MeCandideCharley’s Aunt and Smash (all Menier Chocolate Factory).  Mrs Warren’s Profession (also Theatre Royal, Bath), Afraid of the Dark (Charing Cross Theatre), Scrooge (Palladium - also UK, US tours and Australia - Green Room Award for Best Set & Costume Design), Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre and UK Tour), Darker Shores and Berlin Hanover Express (Hampstead), Sleuth and Fallen Angels (both Apollo), The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych), Moby Dick (Piccadilly), What a Performance (Queen's), Ghosts (Comedy), and Lady be Good, The Boyfriend, The Music Man, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Kiss Me, Kate, Lady Be GoodThe FantasticksPaint Your WagonTroilus and CressidaThe Merry Wives of WindsorA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (all Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). 

His other designs include The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), Annie Get Your Gun, Jekyll and Hyde, Anything Goes, Billy Elliott, Evita, Love Never Dies, Wicked, Hay Fever, A Flea in Her Ear, Peter Pan, My Fair Lady (all Det Ny Teater, Copenhagen), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bill Kenwright Ltd - UK and European tours), Doctor in the House (national tour), Entertaining Angels, Lloyd George Knew My Father and Relatively Speaking (all Theatre Royal Bath), Noises Off (Birmingham Rep), and Half a SixpenceDr Doolittle and Flashdance - the musical  (all UK tours). 

Paul has designed over twenty productions for Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as On Your ToesThe Taming of The ShrewSweeney ToddA Woman of No Importance, Into the Woods, Hedda Gabler, A Little Night Music, Edna - The Spectacle (all Haymarket, Leicester), The Merchant of Venice (English Shakespeare Company), My Father's HouseThe Lady in the VanThe Wind in the Willows (all Birmingham Rep), Make Way for Lucia (Theatre of Comedy) and Transit of Venus and A Warwickshire Testimony (both Royal Shakespeare Company).