Set & Costume Designer

Anna Orton

Selected credits

  • Messiah Bristol Old Vic
  • La Bohème Scottish Opera
  • The Effect English Theatre Frankfurt
  • Christmas Carol Pitlochry Theatre Festival
  • Extraordinary Wall Of Silence Birmingham Hippodrome/Bristol Old Vic/HOME/Newbury Corn Exchange/In Good Company/Salisbury Playhouse/The North Wall


Anna Orton is a designer working across Theatre, Dance, Opera and Exhibition.  Her previous work exhibiting, performing and curating as a visual artist in some of Scotland’s most pioneering spaces continues to influence her work in performance design.

Her recent work includes  the multi-award winning production of Handel’s  Messiah directed by Tom Morris which premiered at Bristol Old Vic and was followed by a national cinema and on-line streaming release.   She has designed for many prestigious UK companies including the National Theatre of ScotlandScottish Opera, Live Theatre Newcastle,  English Touring Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Pitlochry Theatre Festival and the Watermill Theatre amongst others.

She was recipient of the OLD VIC 12 Designer Affiliation in 2019 and has an MA in Theatre Design from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Featured work

Handel's Messiah

Bristol Old Vic, Touring, iTunes and Cinema release
Director: Tom Morris
Costume: Emma Cains
Lighting: Rob Casey
Projection: Rod Maclachlan
Photography Jack Offord

Classical Source *****
The Review Hub *****
UK Theatre Web *****
Stage Talk *****
The Times ****
The Stage ****

La Bohème

Scottish Opera
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Director: Roxana Haines
Lighting: Andrew Burnside
*Photography James Glossop

The Guardian *****
The Scotsman *****
The Times *****
The Telegraph *****
“(In the) immensely capable hands of designer Anna Orton, the opera’s impecunious Bohemians look like the denizens of Bruce Robinson’s iconic film Withnail and I, if it had been made for our virus-ravaged times”

Christmas Carol

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Adapted Isobel McArthur
Director: Ben Occhipinti
Lighting: Rory Beaton

*Photography Douglas McBride

The Herald *****
The Wee Review *****
Broadway World ****
The Stage ****
The Scotsman ****
“ A fascinating streetwise design by Anna Orton, featuring a mix of period and contemporary costume, and powerful use of looming brutalist street lamps”

The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken

Scottish Opera
A new production by Roxana Haines
Libretto by Georg Kaiser
English translation by Leo Doulton
Conductor: Chris Gray
Director: Roxana Haines
Costume Designer: Anna Orton
Lighting Design: Stuart Jenkins
Audio Visual Designer: Tim Reid



The Effect

English Theatre Frankfurt
Writer: Lucy Prebble
Director: Audrey Sheffield
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Video: Ben Bull

Extraordinary Wall (Of Silence)

Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, HOME, Newbury Corn Exchange, In Good Company, Salisbury Playhouse, The North Wall.
Director: George Man (Ad Infinitum)
Dramaturgy: Nir Paldi
Lighting: Jo Palmer
*Photography Alex Brenner

The Guardian ****
The Stage ****
A Younger Theatre ****

“Set designer Anna Orton’s concave arrangement of panels illustrates the confinement of the deaf by the insensitive system which defines them by ‘hearing loss’.”

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