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Matt Kinley Production Design

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Matt Kinley began his career as a freelance costume designer and prop maker with extensive work for stage, film and video at Robert Allsopp Ges.m.b.H before continuing his studies and eventually graduating from Motley Theatre Design in 1994. During the 1990's he worked at the National Theatre in London as a designer, associate designer and draftsman on over 40 productions, most notably JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA, THE COAST OF UTOPIA and MY FAIR LADY. His time at the National Theatre was followed by projects as Associate Designer in numerous theaters on countless plays such as THE WOMAN IN WHITE, MY FAIR LADY (multiple UK and USA tours), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (UK tour), LES MISERABLES (Broadway and Holland), EQUUS (West End). As part of a longstanding collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, Matt Kinley adapted the original MARY POPPINS as a new version for touring in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Holland. In 2009, he was invited to re-imagine LES MISERABLES for a tour of the United Kingdom to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. Due to the success of the new performance, other productions followed around the world. More recently - in March 2014 - it also appeared on Broadway. In addition, Matt Kinley outfitted the show's 25th anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena in 2010. Matt Kinley also created the design for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA concert staged in its entirety as part of the 25th anniversary celebration in 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2013, following the death of Adrain Vaux, he was asked to co-design with Totie Driver MISS SAIGON for the London revival at the Prince Edward Theatre. Matt Kinley currently continues his work as a set designer on a variety of productions, both in the UK and abroad, most recently completing a two-part PHANTOM prequel in Tokyo and the London premiere of Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD. At the moment he is currently working on the set for THE MAN FROM LA MANCHA in Brazil and developing PIAF for performances next year.