Matilda Set Designer

Rob Howell

Matilda the Musical


He is a British costume and set designer

He is primarily known for his work on the London stage

He won the Olivier Award for his set design for the musical Matilda the Musical in 2012.

He designed both scenery and costumes for several Broadway shows

He won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding set design for Ghost the Musical in 2012.

After leaving college, Howell worked for two and a half years witht he Royal Shakespeare Company as a design assistant. He met Matthew Warchust here, who years later asked him whether he would be interested in working on Matilda the Musical.

Howell has designed sets and costumes for numerous plays and musicals in the UK, in London and for Broadway.

Howell has won three Olivier Awards for Best Set Design. The most recent was for his work on the West End production of Matilda the Musical. He has received 2013 Tony Award nominations for his work on the Broadway production of Matilda, for both Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.

His set design for Matilda was described:

Howell's unique design for Matilda The Musical saw the entire Cambridge theatre, from foyer to stage, transformed into Roald Dahl's imaginative world. The cast climb on giant alphabet blocks, perform in health and safety defying scenes on wooden swings and clamber over the imposing gates of Miss Trunchbull's fearsome school... [the] eye-catching and uniquely eccentric design provides a fittingly colourful and exuberant setting.

His other work in the theatre includes:

Ghost the Musical (2012)

Private Lives (2011)

The Norman Conquests (2009)

Boeing-Boeing (2008-2009)

The Graduate (2002-2003)

Betrayal (2000-2001)

True West (2000)

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