Tim Shortall


Tim works internationally as a stage designer for both set and costume and received a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design for La Cage aux Folles on Broadway.  

His current and recent work includes the world premiere of Terry Johnson's new play The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Dresser directed by Terry Johnson at Theatre Royal Bath and on tour, the UK premiere of the play of La Cage aux Folles at The Park, An Act of God at The Vaults, a new Cormac McCarthy play The Sunset Limited at the Boulevard Theatre, Uncle Vanya at Hampstead, The Model ApartmentThe Whale and Christmas Eve - all Ustinov Studio/Theatre Royal Bath, Rita, Sue and Bob Too directed by Kate Wasserberg and Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint, at the Royal Court and on a UK tour, Ken - a tribute to Ken Campbell at The Bunker and Prism written and directed by Terry Johnson with Robert Lindsay at Hampstead, Birmingham Rep and on a major UK tour.  

Tim's other recent designs are The Libertine with Dominic Cooper at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Theatre Royal Bath, three new musicals - Mrs Henderson Presents directed by Terry Johnson in the West End and Toronto, Jackie directed by Anna Lindstrum and choreographed by Arlene Phillips and The Braille Legacy  directed by Thom Southerland at the Charing Cross Theatre and  Other recent credits include A View From Islington North directed by Max Stafford-Clark at the Arts Theatre, .Anthony Horowtiz's Dinner With Saddam directed by Lindsay Posner and Fully Committed with Kevin Bishop (and at the Edinburgh Festival with Marcus Brigstock), both at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Shock Treatment at The King's Head, the UK premiere of David Mamet's Race and Old Money with Maureen Lipman both directed by Terry Johnson at Hampstead and the inaugural production at the Park Theatre These Shining Lives directed by Loveday Ingram.  Amongst his many collaborations with Max Stafford-Clark and Out of Joint include Richard Bean's Pitcairn at Chichester Festival Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and on a national tour, This May Hurt A Bit at the St.James and on tour, The Big Fellah at the Lyric Hammersmith and in Dublin, A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson at Edinburgh and the 25th anniversary revival of Our Country's Good at the St James, the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis and in Toronto.

His many other designs include the set for La Cage Aux Folles in the West End, on Broadway (where he received a Tony Nomination for Best Scenic Design) and on a major US tour, Educating Rita directed by Tamara Harvey at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Top Girls at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Trafalgar StudiosThe Reluctant Debutante with Jane Asher and the set for Sweet Charity with Tamzin Outhwaite at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Previous work includes The Philanthropist with Matthew Broderick directed by David Grindley at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, Trevor Griffiths' epic A New World - The Life of Thomas Paine directed by Dominic Dromgoole at Shakespeare's Globe, a national tour of For King and Country and for Terry Johnson, the farce Rookery Nook at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

In London he has designed Awake and Sing directed by Michael Attenborough (Almeida), King of Hearts directed by Max Stafford-Clark and Ramin Gray (Hampstead), the political comedy Whipping It Up with Robert Bathhurst and Richard Wilson directed by Terry Johnson (the Bush) and then by Tamara Harvey (New Ambassadors), The Overwhelming for Max Stafford-Clark (Royal National Theatre and Roundabout Theatre, New York), See How They Run directed by Douglas Hodge (Duchess) and Haunted directed by Paul Jepson (Arts), The Philanthropist with Simon Russell Beale (Donmar Warehouse) and Excuses (Soho Theatre) both directed by David Grindley, Telstar (New Ambassadors), Elton John's Glasses for Terry Johnson (Queen's), 900 Oneonta (Old Vic and Ambassadors), Body and Soul (Albery), Murder By Misadventure (Vaudeville and Whitehall), Twilight of the Gods directed by Polly James and Two Boys in a Bed (both at the Arts), A Cooks Tour (Shaftesbury), Disappeared directed by Phyllis Nagy (Royal Court Upstairs - also Leicester Haymarket and Traverse, Edinburgh), Eugene Onegin (Lyric Hammersmith),The Amen Corner (Tricycle and Nottingham Playhouse), the costumes for The Big Knife directed by Robing Lefevre and Singular Women directed by Lawrence Till (King's Head).  

Extensive earlier work includes Dead Funny directed by Loveday Ingram (Chichester Festival Theatre), Single Spies (Theatre Royal Bath) and Having A Ball (Birmingham Rep and tour), three productions for Rupert Goold - Privates on Parade (Stoke), The Colonel Bird (The Gate, Notting Hill) and Broken Glass (Palace, Watford and Salisbury Playhouse), Double Cross and The Marquise both directed by Guy Retallack, Martha, Josie and Chinese Elvis, The Circle for Mark Rosenblatt (Oxford Stage Company), What You Get and What You Expect directed by Thierry Harcourt (Lyric, Hammersmith), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford), The Signalman and The Pit and The Pendumlum (both Theatre Royal, Windsor), Roots (Oxford Stage Company and Palace Watford, nominated for Barclays TMA Best Design Awards 1998), Jeffrey directed by Tim Luscombe (Greenwich), Relatively Speaking directed by Robin Herford, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Decorator, Candida, A Moment of Weakness and How The Other Half Loves, Goodbye to the Hill (Liverpool) and The Taming of the Shrew, Richard lll and King Lear - all three for the Ludlow Festival.  Tim has also been Head of Design at the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead where he designed over twenty-five productions.  

Tim's work for television includes 20th Century Blues: A Tribute to Noel Coward with Robbie Williams and Elton John for the BBC, and The Nightingale for NOS Dutch TV which was the Netherland's entry in the Prix Italia and for which he won the RAI Prize.  He has also designed for ballet where, amongst his credits are Private City/Track and Field for Susan Crow (Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet), Sonata in Time for Michael Corder (Scottish Ballet), Rhyme Nor Reason and Party Game (Norwegian National Ballet), The Nightingale for Agnes Roboz (Dutch National Ballet) and Uncertain Steps for Graham Lustig (Introdans Holland and Ontario Ballet Theatre).