Set & Costume Designer

Frankie Bradshaw

Selected credits

  • Blues for an Alabama Sky (Upcoming)Lyttelton Theatre/ National Theatre
  • Mad HouseAmbassadors' Theatre/ West End
  • Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalLeicester Curve/ Royal Theatre Bath/ UK Tour
  • House of IfeBush Theatre
  • Beauty & The Beast Rose Theatre/ Kingston
  • SweatWest End/Gielgud Theatre/Donmar Warehouse
  • Macbeth, Idomeneo, ElisabettaEnglish Touring Opera Spring Season 2019


Frankie is a set and costume designer based in London.  She has worked across the UK in the West End and in venues including the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, the Young Vic, the Royal Exchange in Manchester and Nottingham Playhouse. 

In 2019 she won the Stage Debut Award for Best Creative West End Debut with director Lynette Linton for their partnership on creating Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre.  Frankie was also a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2015 and a Jerwood Young Designer in 2017.

She was winner of the Off West-End Award for Best Set Design in 2016 for Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre) and was nominated for the Off West-End Award for Best Set Design in 2017 for Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre).

Frankie’s current and upcoming projects include We Started to Sing (Arcola Theatre), Mad House (Ambassadors’ Theatre), Blues for an Alabama Sky (National Theatre) and Local Hero (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Featured work

Blues for an Alabama Sky (Upcoming)

Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre
Directed by Lynette Lynton
Set & Costume Designer: Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer: Oliver Fenwick
Composer: Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Sound Design: George Dennis
Photography by Gavin Bond

Mad House

Ambassadors Theatre/ West End
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Set Design by Frankie Bradshaw
Costume Design by Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design by Prema Mehta
Sound Design by Beth Juke
Music Composition by Isobel Waller Bridge

David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow, The Newsroom) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, All My Sons, Independence Day) return to the West End, in the world premiere of the bitingly funny new play Mad House.


Leicester Curve Theatre/ Royal Theatre Bath/ UK Tour
Book: Douglas McGrath adapted by Sarah Travis
Direction: Nikolai Foster
Set: Frankie Bradshaw
Costume: Edd Lindley
Lighting: Ben Cracknell
Sound: Tom Marshal
Photos by Ellie Kurtz

House of Ife

Bush Theatre
Direction: Lynette Linton
Set and Costume: Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting: Jai Morjaria
Sound: Duramaney Kamara
Movement: Kane Husbands
Associate Direction: Monaé Robinson
Photos by Marc Brenner

The Long Song

Chichester Festival Theatre
Adapted for stage from Andrea Levy's novel by Suhayla El Bushra
Directed by Charlotte Gwinner
Set and Costume Design: Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Design: Mark Doubleday
Video Design: Dick Straker
Composition and Musical Direction: Michael Henry
Sound Design: Helen SkieraMovement: Angela Gasparetto
Photos by Manuel Harlan

“Frankie Bradshaw’s set is visually back-loaded with a thick, high line of sugar canes that Mark Doubleday’s lighting spectacularly subjects to sunrise, sunset, night, fire and rainstorm”.  ★★★★ The Guardian

Beauty & The Beast

Rose Theatre, Kingston
Adapted for stage by Ciaran McConville, with music and lyrics by Eamonn O'Dwyer
Directed by: Lucy Morrell
Set Design: Frankie Bradshaw
Costume Design: Peter Todd
Lighting Design: Emma Chapman
Sound Design: George Dennis
Choreography: Aimee Leigh
Photos by The Other Richard and Csilla Horváth

“Frankie Bradshaw’s beautiful set moves from a children’s attic to a mountain-top, to a picture perfect garden.”
★★★★ Broadway World


Gielgud Theatre, Donmar Warehouse
Written by Lynn Nottage
Director: Lynette Linton
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: George Dennis
​Photos by Johan Persson

Best Creative West End Debut at the Stage Debut awards 2019

“Frankie Bradshaw’s design is first monumental and decrepit, then bright and detailed. An industrial wasteland – rusty pipes the breadth of human torsos – gives way to a bright bar with a neon sign in cursive writing, plastic tomatoes for ketchup.”
★★★★★ Observer 


Two Trains Running

Royal and Derngate/ETT UK Tour
Director: Nancy Medina
Lighting: Amy Mae
Sound: Ed Lewis
Movement: Rachael Nanyonjo
Photos by Manuel Harlan

“An underlying sense of menace and instability is viscerally encapsulated by Frankie Bradshaw’s set…. above it a wrecking ball suspended from a chain seems caught at the moment of mid-swing, between the blow that has just destroyed and the blow that is yet to come.” ★★★★ Guardian

Assata Taught Me

Gate Theatre
Written by Kalungi Ssebandeke
Director: Lynette Linton
Lighting: Jack Weir
Sound: Richard Hammarton
Scenic Art: Richard Nutbourne
​Photos by Ikin Yum

“the design is a little miracle: Frankie Bradshaw conjures old Havana with a tiled floor, beaten copper walls and a crumbling ceiling.” Guardian

“Frankie Bradshaw’s design is utterly transformative…allowing the audience to be transported into the tiny world of Assata’s front room, whilst being exposed to the huge world that exists outside it” ★★★★★  Theatre Bubble


Nottingham Playhouse
Written by David Almond
Directed by Lisa Blair
Lighting Design by Alexandra Stafford
Composed/Sound Design by Tom Attwood
Movement Directed by Chi-San Howard
Photos by Marc Brenner

“The set, by Frankie Bradshaw, is a child’s dream: it inspires you to want to run up and explore, not sit back and sigh, as adults do, about having to clean it up.”
★★★★ The Times 

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