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Julian Crouch - Set and productions designer of English National Opera

Julian Crouch

Set and projections designer

Julian Crouch is a Brooklyn, NY-based director, designer, writer, maker, teacher, illustrator and musician, whose career has spanned theatre, opera, ballet, film and television.

Previously for ENO: Marnie, Satyagraha, Doctor Atomic (also Met).

Career Highlights

In 1992 he began a creative partnership with Phelim McDermott; together with Lee Simpson and Nick Sweeting, they formed their own company, Improbable, in 1996.


Improbable credits: Devil and Mister Punch; multi award-winning 70 Hill Lane; Lifegame; Animo; Coma; Spirit; Sticky; Hanging Man (Best Design 2003 TMA award); Wolves in the Walls (with NTS, Best Show for Children and Young People 2006 TMA Award); Panic.

Notable engagements elsewhere: Opera: Merry Widow, Enchanted Island, Met’s 125th Anniversary (director/designer), Met’s 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center (director/designer) (Met); King Arthur (Deutsche Staatsoper); Hansel and Gretel (La Scala); Magic Flute (WNO). Ballet: Cinderella (DNO, San Francisco); Nutcracker (Joffrey, Christopher Wheeldon). Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Nomination), Addams Family (co-director, designer), Big Fish (Broadway); Jerry Springer – the Opera (Evening Standard Award, Olivier Award, Critics Circle), A Funny Thing Happened… (RNT); Shockheaded Peter (co-director, designer, Olivier Award); Jedermann (co-director, designer) (Salzburg Festival).

Last updated: 14th November 2017

Current ENO Production