by Gerald Moon
18 March – 27 April 2019

Terry Parsons

Terry’s long and happy association with Vienna’s English Theatre includes the productions Romeo and Juliet, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Visiting Mr Green, Romantic Comedy, the European Premieres of Edward Albee’s The Goat and the Pulitzer prize/Tony award winning Proof.

Celebrating 50 years as a theatre designer and returning to the theatre where his career began, Terry most recently designed a new production of The Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2018. His other recent designs include Hair for the Det Ny Theatre in Oslo, Singing in the Rain in Denmark and three other major shows in Copenhagen – Mary Poppins, the set for Les Misérables and Treasure Island with a revival taking place later this year. His many other credits in Denmark include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, High School Musical, Showboat, Be Bop A Lula and a concert version of Grease.

Terry has designed thirty-seven productions in London’s West End, among them the mega hit Grease – which began life at the Dominion Theatre in London, returned to the West End in 2007 and played a major new tour in 2017 – Where’s Charley? and The Pirates of Penzance at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, Silly Cow with Dawn French, Gasping with Hugh Laurie, Two Into One with Donald Sinden and Michael Williams. South Pacific, Sweet Charity, Some Like It Hot, Charlie Girl and Singin’ in the Rain at the Palladium are among Terry’s major musical designs in The West End, and his plays range from Shakespeare, Sheridan and Congreve to Orton, Ionesco and Dürrenmatt, notably a critically acclaimed production of J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married with Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge, Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge with Topol, and Priestley’s Time and the Conways at The Old Vic with Joan Plowright. Terry also re-created designs for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End presentation of the play Daisy Pulls It Off and designed his first ballet Jane Eyre in London.

Well-known for his pantomime designs, among them lavish versions of Cinderella for Stanley Baxter and Mother Goose for Danny La Rue and Dick Whittington for Barbara Windsor, Terry has been responsible for a portfolio of major new star-studded productions for the Ambassador Theatre Group’s theatres over the last few years – amongst which have been Peter Pan at Wimbledon starring Henry Winkler, Cinderella starring Mickey Rooney, Snow White starring Ross Kemp – and Peter Pan at Richmond with Bonnie Langford.

His extensive regional credits include, at Chichester, Miranda with Penelope Keith and Underneath the Arches which transferred to the West End; at Liverpool No Trams to Lime Street, at Southampton The Surprise Party with Peter Duncan, Matthew Kelly and Ruth Madoc, and Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman, Shady Business and the world premiere of Richard Harris’s A Foot in the Door at Sonning. Terry has also been Head of Design at three theatres – the Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Haymarket in Leicester, and the Belgrade Coventry.

Terry’s string of international credits include, on Broadway, the creation of Sian Phillips’s stunning concert costumes for her appearance as Dietrich in Marlene, Fame in Scandinavia, Grease in Paris, Blithe Spirit, Move Over Mrs Markham and Sailor Beware in Denmark, and Chicago in Athens. He has also worked in Canada, Australia and Japan, Hong Kong, the Middle and Far East, and designed productions for many major cruise lines including the QE2. Possibly the most unusual of his overseas assignments was his creation in Dubai of a magical fairy-tale Arabian Nights setting in the desert for three thousand guests – the ultimate birthday party for one of the world’s wealthiest sheikhs.