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10 Dec 2010 - 13 Jan 2011

Curated by Keith McIntyre, this exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the building of Northern Stage Theatre.

Northern Stage has a reputation for applying a strong visual aesthetic to their productions, an approach that has been driven by the Associate Director and Head of Design, Neil Murray. The Anniversary Exhibition involves relocating Murray's entire studio space from Northern Stage's Byker workshops to Gallery North, in order to provide valuable insights into how preparatory drawings, stage props, costumes and scaled models are employed in the visual development of a Northern stage production.

Murray trained in Fine Art at Northumbria University (then Newcastle Polytechnic) before moving into theatre design and is now one of the UK's most visionary artists working for the stage (winner of the Best Design award at the 2008 Evening Standard's Theatre Awards).

The exhibition includes more than 15 years of work; this is the first public exhibition to highlight Northern Stage's contribution to contemporary theatre design.  Tracing their creative journey from drawing board to stage, the exhibition will include a variety of media including flatwork, scale models, sketchbooks, photography, film, installations and costumes.

This specially commissioned exhibition features images and models from some of our most iconic stage sets, by five acclaimed theatre designers, principally Neil Murray, as well as Soutra Gilmour, Imogen Cloet, Naomi Dawson and Andrew Stephenson, who have all designed for Northern Stage.

Visitors can re-visit some of their favourite Northern Stage shows, from A Clockwork Orange to The Bloody Chamber, Son of Man to Rutherford & Son and plenty of Christmas classics like The Snow Queen, Beauty and the Beast and The Happy Prince.  More than 20 shows are featured with costumes from many of them, including Miss Haversham's dress from Great Expectations and the Jester from last year's sell out The Prince and the Penguin.

Please note that Gallery North will be closed from 24.12.10 - 4.1.11