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Set designer

John Napier is a set designer for Broadway and London theatrical performances.


Napier, John was born on March 1, 1944 in London, England.


John Napier was born in London. He studied at Hornsey College of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, studying under notable set designer Ralph Koltai.


He has designed for the National Theatre, notably the production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, Trelawny of the Wells, An Enemy of the People and Candide. John Napier has also designed for the Royal Opera House, for Glyndebourne, for the English National Opera and others. and Jesus Christ Superstar in London's West End. He reworked his original designs for Equus (2007 London production).

In the United States, in addition to numerous Broadway productions, he designed and co-directed the show for illusionists Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage, Las Vegas. He also designed the Captain EO video starring Michael Jackson for Disney and the Steven Spielberg film Hook. He was elected Royal Designer for Industry in 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Institute.


  • Napier's design awards include the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design for King Lear, Lohengrin, and Burning Blue. Napier has won Tony Awards for Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, Starlight Express, Les Misérables and Sunset Boulevard.\r\nHe won the 1987 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for Starlight Express and Les Misérables and has twice won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Cats in 1983 and Starlight Express in 1987. He has won The Critics' Circle Award for set design and twice for the, first in 1989 for Miss Saigon and again in 1997 for Peter Pan.


  • Other Work

    • Stage work includes: (with the Royal Society of Chemistry ) Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Once in a Lifetime, Nicholas Nickleby (Tony award), Hedda Gabler, Peter Pan, Mother Courage, (with the Royal National Theatre) Equus, Trelawny of the Wells, (operas) Lohengrin, Macbeth, Idomeneo, The Devils, (musical theater) Cats (Tony award), Starlight Express (Tony award), Miss Saigon, Les Misérables (Tony award), Sunset Boulevard (Tony award). Film work includes: Captain Earth Observation, Hook.


Son of James Edward Thomas and Florence (Godbold) N. Married Andreane Neofitou (divorced). Married Donna King; children: Julian, Elise, James.

James Edward Thomas Napier

Florence (Godbold) Napier

Andreane Neofitou

Donna King

Julian Napier

James Napier

Elise Napier