Set designer Lez Brotherston has created toothsome costumes and set for Dracula, the next production from Northern Ballet Theatre to be premiered on 16 September. Graphic design is by Leeds consultancy PFB Design. Dracula will be dancing in a red velvet floor-length cloak decorated with eagles. ‘It’s a challenge to dance in as it’s really heavy,’ says an NBT spokeswoman. Not surprisingly, the sets have a Gothic feel, ranging from Dracula’s bedroom in Transylvania, to Whitby and London. Brotherston has designed Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol for the NBT, and also received an Olivier nomination for Adventures in Motion Pictures’ Swan Lake. This is the first British ballet of Bram Stoker’s novel.
The professional finance body has been given a new look by Smith & Milton, which includes a flat, line-drawn coat of arms, san-serif typeface and updated colour palette.
The museum and cultural hubin Shenzhen has announced it will open to the public in December, and will include a permanent gallery space curated by the V&A.
The 12th edition of the annual design festival takes place this coming March, and will see the likes of Gail Bichler and Chris Ware speak.
Consultancy Interabang has designed the set of stamps, which feature 10 of the most famous toys created in Britain from the last 100 years, including Space Hopper and Spirograph.