John Napier

United Kingdom Set Designer


John Napier was born in London on March 4th in 1944. He was the son of James Edward Thomas and Florence Napier. He has been married twice though both marriages ended in divorce.  John Napier has 4 children, 2 from each marriage.      In 1960 he attended the Hornsey Collage of Art where John Napier studied fine art.  He then went into theatre design at the Central school of Arts and Crafts where he studied under Ralph Koltai.

Theatre Shows

John has been designing sets and costumes for many years. Some of the main shows he is famous for designing include:

Peter Pan, Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Burning Blue,

Miss Saigon, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby


John has won many different awards for not just scenic designs but costumes as well. Some of the major awards John won from 1975 to 2000 include:

  • 2000-  nominated for best costume design at The Royal National Theatre
  • 1995- won a Tony Award for best scenic design  for "Sunset boulevard"
  • 1997- won the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for best designer for "Peter Pan"
  • 1996- awarded The Laurence Olivia Theatre Award for "Burning Blue"
  • 1991- won a Tony award for "Miss Saigon"
  • 1989- awarded the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for best designer for "Miss Saigon"
  • 1987- Awarded a Tony for best scenic design in "Les Misèrables" and "Starlight Express"  
  • 1983- won a Tony for Best scenic Design for Cats
  • 1982- won Best Scenic Design for "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"


This Is a Time lapse of people making the main set for one was the small theatre companies.

One of the main sets

Another paper model of a set. This model is of the barricade.

The Revolving stage made for the barricade. This was to show both sides of the barricade using the full stage.


The set of the pub in the song "Master of the house" with Monsieur Thenardier and Madame Thenardier

The baricade during the song "Do you hear the people sing" with the rebels.

The alleyway during the song" lovely ladies" with all the prostitutes.

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3 years ago

John napier married caroline mcgee June 21st 2014