Nicky is an international set and costume designer living in London.

She trained at West Sussex & West Surrey Colleges of Art & Design and works mainly in opera, but also in theatre, musical theatre, t.v. and film.

Nicky has designed productions for many leading opera companies, both nationally (including, Royal Opera House; Scottish Opera; Welsh National Opera; Glyndebourne Opera and Garsington Opera) and extensively in Europe (including, Royal Danish Opera; Danish National Opera; Royal Swedish Opera; Komische Oper; Frankfurt Oper; Mariinsky Theatre; and Théatre Royal de la Monnaie), as-well-as productions in Seoul, South Korea (Opera Theatre and Towol Theatre).

She has collaborated on many operas with director and intendant Annilese Miskimmon (Artistic Director of Norwegian National Opera) and together, they have produced many critically acclaimed productions together in the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. Their recent credits include, Semele, Garsington Opera; Jenufa, Royal Swedish Opera, Danish National Opera and for Scottish Opera (nominated for Achievement in Opera, UK Theatre Awards) and Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne Tour: also, La Traviata (joint winner The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre), Scottish Opera; Don Quichotte (winner of the Audience Award and Best Production Award, Performing Arts Centre Aarhus and Newspaper Stiftidende’s), Danish National Opera; Mignon (nominated Best Opera, South Bank Sky Awards), Buxton Opera Festival and also The Magic Flute, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Coronation of Poppea (all nominated Best Opera, Irish Times).

Nicky has recently worked with director Orpha Phelan on their critically acclaimed production of Dead Man Walking (winner Best Opera, Reumart Awards 2017), Royal Danish Opera. In addition, she has also collaborated on several productions with international opera directors Keith Warner; Orfeo, ROH at Sam Wanamaker Theatre; Peter Pan, WNO, ROH and Komische Oper and with Stephen Medcalf; Norma, Teatro Lirico, Sardinia. Also, for international musical director Paul Garrington, she designed the new musical Dancing Shadows (winner 5 Korean Musical Awards, including Best Musical) Opera Theatre, Seoul, and with whom Nicky founded Toye Productions.

For Toye Productions in addition to designing sets and costumes, she produced/co-produced four new plays. The first, a devised one woman show of works named Take The Fire by Jean Cocteau, which starred Amanda Harris at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith; the other three productions were by acclaimed playwright and poet Glyn Maxwell (2 of which were world premieres).

Nicky was production & costume designer on short film Assessment (winner – Jury Award, Film London’s Best of Borough), designed the studio set for The Score, BBC2 and was associate set designer to artist Bruce McLean on The Empress (by Orlando Gough), Channel 4.

In addition to her career in theatre, she has worked as an interior and exhibition designer. For fashion designer and businessman Jasper Conran she produced and designed the set for a show at London Fashion Week and assisted him on interiors for one of his private houses. Nicky has also collaborating with architect and exhibition designer Tim Pyne, playing a crucial role in his winning Millennium Dome zone Living Island.

Nicky is honoured to be one of three judges for this years Linbury Prize for Stage Designers.


Productions directed by Annilese Miskimmon


  • Garsington Opera


Madama Butterfly
  • Glyndebourne Tour


  • Royal Swedish Opera
  • Danish National Opera
  • Scottish Opera, Glasgow & Edinburgh
  • Nominated: Achievement in Opera, UK Theatre Awards 2015


Don Quichotte
  • Danish National Opera
  • Winner: Best Theatre Award 2014/15
  • Winner: Audience Award Best Production Performing Arts Centre Aarhus and Stiftstidende’s


Acis & Galatea
  • Mid Wales Opera, Cardiff and on Tour


Katya Kabanova
  • Danish National Opera on Tour


La Traviata
  • Scottish Opera 50th Anniversary Small Scale Tour
  • Joint Winner: The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre, UK Theatre Awards 2013


  • Opera Holland Park


The Magic Flute
  • Opera Theatre Company, Dublin & Irish Tour
  • Nominated: Best Opera, Irish Times


  • Buxton Festival
  • Nominated: Best Opera, The South Bank Sky Awards 2012


L’amico Fritz
  • Opera Holland Park

Grigory Frid

The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Opera Theatre Company, Dublin & Irish Tour
  • Nominated: Best Opera, Irish Times


  • Revival, Belfast, Leuven & Paris


  • Opera Theatre Company, Dublin & Irish Tour
  • Revival, Buxton Festival


The Coronation of Poppea
  • Opera Holland Park
  • Nominated: Best Opera, Irish Times


  • Opera Theatre Company, Dublin & Irish Tour
  • Revival, Buxton Festival
  • British Youth Opera, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Productions directed by Orpha Phelan

Jake Heggie

Dead Man Walking
  • Royal Danish Opera
  • Winner: Best Opera, Reumart Prize

Productions directed by Keith Warner

Luigi Rossi

  • ROH at Sam Wanamaker Theatre

Richard Ayes

Peter Pan
  • Komische Oper, Berlin
  • Welsh National Opera, UK Premiere (costumes)


Le Nozze di Figaro
  • Polish National Opera (costumes)

David Blake

Scoring a Century
  • Birmingham Conservatoire (costumes)


Il Prigioniero & Volo di notti
  • Frankfurt Opera (costumes)


La Cenerentola
  • Frankfurt Opera (costumes)
  • Opera Zuid, Netherlands


  • Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels (costumes)

Productions directed by Stephen Medcalf


  • Teatro Lirico, Sardinia


La Rencontre Imprévue
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama


The Bartered Bride
  • Mid Wales Opera, Tour


The Cunning Little Vixen
  • British Youth Opera , Queen Elizabeth Hall


Don Giovanni
  • Mid Wales Opera, Tour


  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Productions directed by Jonathan Miller


  • Mid Wales Opera, Tour

Productions directed and designed by Isabella Bywater


  • Mariinsky Theatre (co-costume designer)

Productions directed by Dale Duesing


The Rape of Lucretia
  • Frankfurt Opera (costumes)


  • National Reisopera, Netherlands (costumes)


Il viaggio a Reims
  • Frankfurt Opera (costumes)
  • Nominated: Best Opera, Opernwelt

Productions directed by Lindy Hume


Songs of Lipo/Phaedra/Savitri
  • Aldeburgh Festival


Cosi fan tutti
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Staged by Andrew Sinclair

A Gala of Opera & Ballet

The World’s Stage
  • Royal Opera House (sets)

Plays & Musicals

Productions directed by Rachael Grunwald

June Havoc

Marathon 33
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Productions directed and Choreographed by Amon Miyamoto


The Fantasticks
  • Duchess Theatre

Productions directed by Andrew Wale

Ragnar Hovland

Some People I Know
  • Teatergarasjen Bergen, Norway

Productions directed by Paul Garrington

Brian McAvera

Picasso’s Women – 4 monologues
  • Towel Theatre, Seoul


Dancing Shadows
  • Opera Theatre, Seoul
  • Winner: 5 Korean Musical Awards including Best Musical

Brian McAvera

Picasso’s Women – Olga
  • UK Tour, Hong Kong + Cork Festivals
  • Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival

Glyn Maxwell

The Lifeblood
  • Hen & Chickens Theatre

Glyn Maxwell

  • Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival

Glyn Maxwell

Broken Journey
  • Hen & Chickens Theatre

Jean Cocteau

Take The Fire
  • Lyric Studio, Hammersmith

Eric Schmitt

La Nuit de Valognes
  • The Other Place, RSC

Productions directed by Andy Jordan

Carl Djerassi

3 On A Couch
  • King’s Head Theatre

Brian McAvera

Picasso’s Women – Jacqueline
  • UK Tour, Hong Kong + Cork Festivals
  • Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival

Productions directed by Sean Holmes

Leo Tolstoy

The Power of Darkness
  • The Orange Tree Theatre

Cyril Tourneur

The Revenger’s Tragedy
  • The Orange Tree Room


  • The Other Place, RSC

Film & TV

Written and Directed by Mark Gutteridge

  • A short film
  • Winner: Jury Award Film, London's Best of Borough

Commissioned for TV

The Score
  • A music magazine programme for BBC2

Orlando Gough

The Empress
  • An opera for Channel 4 (Associate Designer to artist Bruce Mclean)