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About me

Isobel is a Designer for Performance based in North London.  She is currently Associate Set Designer for My Neighbour Totoro (The Barbican), winner of 6 Olivier awards, 5 WOS awards and Critic's Circle Best Design.

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Recent Set & Costume Designs include for The Return of Benjamin Lay (Finborough Theatre) and Winner's Curse (Park Theatre). 

As an Associate Artist she has worked extensively at the Watermill Theatre.

Isobel was Resident Assistant Designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company 2019-2020.

She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016.

For more details about Isobel's work, download her CV below.

My Neighbour Totoro Olivier award for Best Set Design:
Tom Pye


"You'd be sore pressed to find anything more comically clever...respect to designer Isobel Nicolson!"

WhatsOnStage ★★★★ (Rapunzel)

"Nicolson's shadow puppetry artfully boosts cast numbers... [this] retelling of Dickens' story succeeds magnificently in bringing comfort and cheer at this difficult time. The great writer would surely have been proud."

What's On Stage ★★★★ (A Christmas Carol)

"Nicolson’s spartan set, in which a humble trolley takes the place of Johnson’s plane, allows your imagination to roam across the wide blue yonder." The Times (Lone Flyer)

"This powerful, affecting drama ranges over the pioneering aviator’s adventurous career and her final terrible moments."

The Guardian ★★★★ (Lone Flyer)

"A magical take on dreams and nightmares, in a beautiful setting." 

North West End (Queen Mab)

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