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About me

Isobel is a Designer for Performance based in North London.  She is represented by Helen Mumby at The Soho Agency.


Current work includes Associate Set Designer for My Neighbour Totoro (The Barbican), winner of 6 Olivier awards, 5 WOS awards and Critic's Circle Best Design.  See Isobel's model of the show at the Young V&A in Japan: Myths to Manga

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Recent Set & Costume Designs include Winner's Curse (Park Theatre) and The Return of Benjamin Lay (Finborough Theatre), which just won Best Production at the London Pub Theatre Awards. 

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
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"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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The Return of Benjamin Lay awarded Best Production at The London Pub Theatre Awards. Me & LD Anthony Doran.
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