Nick Ormerod Designer


Nick Ormerod is co-founder and joint Artistic Director of Cheek by Jowl, with director Declan Donnellan, and has designed all but one of Cheek by Jowl's productions.

His genius is a visual poetry of suggestion, of material minimalism Carol Chillington Rutter

After qualifying as a barrister, Nick Ormerod trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art. His first job in theatre was a year as an assistant at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. From there he went on to work with Declan Donnellan on various productions for the Royal Court and Arts Educational Schools before forming touring theatre company, Cheek by Jowl in 1981. Since then, he and his partner have taken work to nearly 400 cities, and received awards across the world.

Ormerod's work is characterised by its simplicity and directness, an approach that has shaped the visual signature of the company's work and led to winning the Corral de Comedias Award with Donnellan in 2008 and numerous other awards including an Olivier Award nomination for Designer of the Year (1988) for A Family Affair, The Tempest and Philoctotes.

Other productions include: Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (English National Opera), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Hayfever (Savoy Theatre), Antigone (The Old Vic), Verdi's Falstaff (Salzburg Festival), and Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet for the Bolshoi Ballet.

For the Royal National Theatre: Fuenteovejuna, Peer Gynt, Sweeney Todd, The Mandate, and both parts of Angels in America.

For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The School for Scandal, King Lear (RSC Academy), and his and Donnellan's adaptation of Great Expectations.

In 2012, Ormerod co-directed the feature film Bel Ami with Declan Donnellan.