Ian MacNeil

The Billy Elliot Musical Set Designer

Ian MacNeil is a British set designer, born in 1960. He has designed for theatre, opera, dance, film and pop music. His interest for design came at a young age while playing with toy theatres and making puppet shows.

He studied at the Croydon School of Art and later did more study in New York. MacNeil spent 10 years designing sets around England, in Birmingham, Worcester, York and Manchester. He then moved to London and designed his first set for a West End production with Death and The Maiden in 1991. He has designed sets for many London venues such as the National Theatre for An Inspector Calls and Machinal. The English National Opera for Ariodante. The Almeida Theatre and the West End for Festen. TheYoung Vic for Afore Night Comes. The Royal Court Theatre for A Number, Plasticine and Far Away. He has also designed for the Lyric Hammersmith and the Barbican Theatre. One of his most notable set designs was for Billy Elliot the Musical, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design. He has won many more awards such as two Oliviers for An Inspector Calls and Ariodante, Two Critic’s Circle Awards for Machinal and An Inspector Calls, and two Evening Standard Awards for A Number/Plasticine and Festen.

↓ MacNeil's award winning sets for Billy Elliot the Musical and An Inspector Calls.

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