Marneur wins Linbury Prize

Garance Marneur has won the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design 2007 for her design for the forthcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s Turandot, at Hampstead Theatre.

National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner presented Marneur with her award at a ceremony last night at the NT. The evening was hosted by the prize’s founder, Lady Anya Sainsbury.

A second award, named in memory of the late stage designer Jocelyn Herbert, was given to Tom Scutt for his design for Headlong Theatre. Rhys Jarman also gained recognition for his work for The Opera Group, as did Helen Goddard for her design for the Tricycle Theatre. All four will share the £66 000 prize money, and go on to stage their winning designs.

Management and administration of the prize is to be handed over to the National Theatre, which has hosted the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design exhibition since 1989.

Designs and models by the 12 finalists can be seen at an exhibition in the Lyttleton Circle Foyer, National Theatre, until 5 January 2008.

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