59 Productions is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning design studio and production company behind the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, globe-trotting smash hit, War Horse, the design and creative direction of the record- breaking David Bowie is exhibition and the decor concept design for The Met Ball, hosted by Anna Wintour. Led by directors Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Lysander Ashton, Richard Slaney, Jenny Melville and Anna Jameson, with the company’s New York branch led by Ben Pearcy, 59 are world-leading specialists in design for stage and live events, the go-to team for generating creative and technical ideas to realise ambitious artistic projects.
Building on a decade of experience making theatrical work for some of the world’s greatest venues – including the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera and the Salzburg Festival – the Company has more recently become renowned for creating spectacular public artworks, projection-mapping some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the Sydney Opera House, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In 2017, the company began producing its own theatrical work, with its first full scale production, Paul Auster’s City of Glass playing at Home, Manchester and the Lyric, Hammersmith. Building on the success of this production, the company opened Invisible Cities in 2019, premiering at Manchester International Festival before playing at Brisbane Festival, with more international tours planned for the coming years. 59 Productions has also created a number of award-winning VR projects, including Grenfell: Our Home (in collaboration with Parable and Channel 4) – winner of the Audience Award at Sheffield Doc Fest, and a Silver Award at the British Arrows 2019, and Nothing To Be Written (in collaboration with the BBC), part of the Official Selection at SXSW 2019 and Winner of Best British Experience at Raindance.