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Robin Don was born in Fife, Scotland. Since abandoning an engineering career he has designed sets and costumes for many leading ballet, theatre and opera companies in the UK and abroad. Musicals he has been involved with in London are Billy, Bar Mitzvah Boy and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He designed Poulenc’s Les Marmelles de Tiresias for English National Opera and English National Opera North. Also for ENON he has designed The Marriage of Figaro, the highly acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman and is presently working on a new Madame Butterfly for them and Peter Grimes for National Welsh Opera and the National revival of Brigadoon. World premieres of opera include Alun Hoddinott’s The Trumpet Major and Thea Musgrave’s Mary Queen of Scots for Scottish opera. For the National Theatre he designed Maughm’s For Services Rendered and Ton Taylor’s The Ticket of Leave Man. At the National Theatre Iceland, Hotel Paradiso and for the Roundhouse, Bartholomew Fair. For the Aldeburgh Festival in 1980 he designed Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which produced a highly controversial production directed by Christopher Renshaw. At Aldeburgh the previous year he designed Eugene Onegin (Conductor – Rostropovich). The design for Onegin was part of the British entry at the International Theatre Design Competition in Prague which won the Golden Trophy.

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