Mark Friend studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art. Having first worked as Associate Designer to Alison Chitty on many productions, including Peter Hall’s Bacchae at the National Theatre, Mark’s first experience of working at the Rose involved modelling and drawing up the de-sign for the interior of the theatre itself when Alison was asked by Peter Hall to transform the shell of the building into a working theatre. Mark’s work was last seen at the Rose having worked with John Napier on the concept set design for Trevor Nunn’s production of The Wars of the Roses.
More recent work includes Associate Designer on Shakespeare in Love with Nick Ormerod and director Declan Donnellan, Elf: The Musical at the Dominion Theatre and The Nutcracker at Houston Ballet, both for designer Tim Goodchild.
Mark’s own design work includes The World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Senegal for Kwame Kwei-Armah, the set design for Nation at the National (Olivier) Theatre with director Melly Still and Richard Wilson’s production of New Labour by Marcellos dos Santos at RADA. He is the author of Making Scale Models (Crowood Press) and is also involved in various restoration projects for Griff Rhys Jones.
Current work includes designing Martin Constantine’s production of The Coronation of Poppea for Mariinsky II, Saint Petersburg.