Max Johns is a set and costume designer for theatre, opera and film based in London. Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with an MA in Theatre Design and a BA in Drama and German from the University of Bristol.

Recipient of a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Award in 2015.

Recent work in the UK has included productions at the Young Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Royal Festival Hall, the V&A, the Yard, Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres, the Orange Tree and Theatre Royal Bath. 


WENDY & PETER PAN at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, directed by Eleanor Rhode

KES at Leeds Playhouse, directed by Amy Leach

RANDOM at Leeds Playhouse, directed by Gbolahan Obisesan



MA Theatre Design, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 2014

BA (1st Class Hons) in German and Drama, University of Bristol 2009


BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship with Bristol Old Vic 2015


UTILITY  The Orange Tree (Dir Caitlin McLeod) 2018

BUGGY BABY  The Yard (Dir Ned Bennett) 2018

BADDIES   Synergy Theatre Project at HMP YOI ISIS (Dir Ned Bennett) 2017

YELLOWMAN  The Young Vic (Dir Nancy Medina) 2017

ENRON  The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath (Dir John East) 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT  The Orange Tree / schools tour (Dir Alex Thorpe) 2017

FIDELIO  London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall (Dir Daniel Slater) 2017

THERE SHALL BE FIREWORKS The Plasticine Men / UK tour (Dir Simon Day) 2016

UNDER A CARDBOARD SEA  Bristol Old Vic (Dir Lisa Gregan / Matt Grinter) 2016

BUCKET LIST  Theatre Ad Infinitum / UK tour (Dir Nir Paldi) 2016

KES  West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre / local tour (Dir Amy Leach) 2016

HAMLET / ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL  Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory / UK and European tour (Dir Andrew Hilton) 2016

KID CARPET'S NOISY NATIVITY  Tobacco Factory Theatres (Dir Kid Carpet) 2015

OUR TOWN  The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath (Dir Nik Partridge) 2015

THE SPOOKY SHIP  Bristol Old Vic and SS Great Britain (Dir Lisa Gregan) 2015

DOGTAG  Theatre West (Dir Nancy Medina) 2015

LIFE RAFT  Bristol Old Vic (Dir Melly Still) 2015

MEDUSA  Bristol Old Vic Studio / schools tour (Dir Toby Hulse) 2015

THE LIGHT BURNS BLUE  Bristol Old Vic Studio (Dir Lisa Gregan) 2015

A CHRISTMAS CAROL  Old Red Lion Theatre (Dir Gus Miller) 2014

THE ELEVENTH HOUR  The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath (Dir John East / Hannah Joss) 2014

INFINITY POOL  Theatre West / TFT / tour (Dir Deirdre Mullins / Nik Partridge) 2014

AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN  Poonamallee Productions / UK tour (Dir Simon Reade) 2014 (set design)

STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE  Tobacco Factory Theatres (Dir Nancy Medina) 2014

LONDON ROAD  BOVTS: Bristol Old Vic Studio (Dir Nicholas Bone) 2014 (set design)

DUTCHMAN  BOVTS: Tobacco Factory Theatres (Dir Nancy Medina) 2014

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR  BOVTS: Redgrave Theatre (Dir John Hartoch) 2014 (costume design)

THE MERRY OWLS: SHAKESPEARE TRIBES  V&A Museum / Wilderness Festival (Dir Max Johns / Elly Hopkins) 2014

DIE RICHTIGE ZEIT, DER RICHTIGE ORT  Das Weite Theater, Berlin (Dir Kalma Streun / Tilla Kratochwil) 2012

TACHELEß!  Theater unter der Dauseck (Dir Christine Gnann) 2012 (co-design with Judith Philipp)

HERZ - SO KALT  Theater unter der Dauseck (Dir Christine Gnann) 2011 (co-design with Judith Philipp)


Various projects for Tom Piper, Ti Green, Isabella Bywater, Tom Scutt, Christof Hetzer, RFK Architects  2011 - present

In Berlin: various productions for Susanne Scheerer, Sonja Füsti, Judith Philipp and Maike Storf  2009 - 2012


DR DOLITTLE  UK Tour (Designer Tom Piper, Dir Chris Renshaw) 2018

HARROGATE  Royal Court / Hightide (Designer Tom Piper, Dir Richard Twyman) 2016


Associate teacher in production design at Bristol University, MA and BA courses 2015