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Joe Vanek

Designer

Joe Vanek was Head of Design at Watford Palace Theatre from 1980 until 1984, Director of Design at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin from 1994 until 1997 and Design Associate to David Agler at The Wexford Festival Opera from 2006 until 2008.
Major Productions in Ireland since 1984

DANCING AT LUGHNASA – Brian Friel. Abbey Theatre Dublin . National Theatre

And West End – London, Plymouth Theatre New York. Melbourne / Sydney

Australia – 3 British tours  1990 – 1993.2 TONY nominations (Set and Costume)1991

WONDERFULL TENNESSEE- Brian Friel. Abbey Theatre Dublin / Plymouth Theatre New York. 1993

MOLLY SWEENEY – Brian Friel - Gate Theatre Dublin / Almeida Theatre London 1994. Roundabout Theatre. New York 1996

THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN. Sebastian Barry – Abbey Theatre 1995

THE SECRET FALL OF CONSTANCE WILDE – Tom Kilroy – Abbey Theatre Dublin 1997 / 2000. Melbourne Australia 1998. Barbican London 2000

DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN – Frank McGuinness – Abbey Theatre 1999. The Old Vic London 2000

BASH ( Written and directed by Neil Labute ) Gate Theatre Dublin. 2001

GATES OF GOLD – Frank McGuinness – Gate Theatre Dublin 2002

THE BOOK OF EVIDENCE – John Banville – Kilkenny Festival 2002 / Gate Theatre Dublin 2003

PERFORMANCES – Brian Friel. Gate Theatre Dublin 2003

SKYLIGHT – Project Theatre Dublin 2004

BOSTON MARRIAGE Project 2004

THE GOAT Project 2005

BLACKBIRD Project 2007

MISS JULIE Project 2008

HAPPY DAYS Project 2010

DUBLINER’S – James Joyce – Gaiety Theatre. Dublin Theatre Festival 2012

Operas in Ireland/UK/Europe/USA 1987 - 2015

Wexford Festival Opera

LA CENE DELLE BEFFE 1987 / DON GIOVANNI – TURANDOT ( Gazzaniga – Busoni ) 1988

THE DUENNA- 1989. TRANSFORMATIONS – 2006

RUSALKA 2007

THE MINES OF SULPHUR 2008

 Opera Theatre Company – COSI FAN TUTTE 1987

THE RAKE’S PROGRESS 1999

ORFEO 2012

 Opera Ireland. DON GIOVANNI 1988. LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK 2000

THE SILVER TASSIE. 2001. THE QUEEN OF SPADES 2002

 Cork Opera House. MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES 2013

 Opera North. DON PASQUALE 1990.  ARIANE AND BLUEBEARD 1990. CARITAS 1991

 E.N.O. DON PASQUALE 1993. IL TRITTICO 1998

 W.N.O . RIGOLETTO. 1991 ( Also Opera North – 1992 )

 Buxton Festival . THE POACHER 2008

 Opera Zuid. Holland. THE MAKROPULOS CASE 2000

 New Israeli Opera . DON PASQUALE 1991

 Royal Danish Opera – THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGE’S 1994 ( Also Covent Garden 1995 ) 

LA CONTESA DA NUMI. 1998

 Glimmerglass Festival Opera – MEDEA – 2011

Ballet

Royal Danish Ballet – LEGS OF FIRE ( The Red Shoes – Flemming Flindt ) 1998

( also Ballet San Jose – USA 2001 )  

Gasvaerk Theatre – Copenhagen – THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH ( Flemming Flindt ) 2002

Modern Dance in Ireland

Cois Ceim Dance Company. NUTCRACKER ! 2005

 Liz Roche Dance Company. RESUSCITATE 2004

I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE. 2007

BREAD AND CIRCUS. 2008. INTERLOPER. 2014

LIR Drama School Trinity College – Dublin. INTO THE WOODS 2014

Theatre UK

Watford Palace / West End. DESIGN FOR LIVING ( Maureen Lipman ) 1981
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST ( Wendy Hiller ) 1981
THE BIG KNIFE ( Ian McShane ) 1982
ROMANTIC COMEDY ( Simon Callow ) and West End. 1983
LITTLE LIES ( John Mills ) + West End.1983
MORNING’S AT SEVEN ( Teresa Wright ) and West End 1984
WHY ME ( Richard Briers ) Strand Theatre 1985
DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS ( Colin Firth ) Greenwich Theatre 1987

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ( Ken Hill original operatic version ) St Louis USA 1987  San Francisco 1988
SIENNA RED ( Director Peter Hall ) Liverpool and tour 1992
THE MATCHMAKER ( Prunella Scales ) Chichester. 1993
IF WE ARE WOMEN ( Joan Plowright ) Greenwich 1995
HEATHCLIFF ( Cliff Richard ) NIA
Birmingham – UK tour and Apollo Hammersmith. 1996 / 1997
J.F.K. A Musical Drama ( Director Larry Fuller ) Dublin Olympia Theatre 1997

Theatre USA and Europe
BY THE BOG OF CATS ( Holly Hunter ) San Jose Repertory Theatre USA 2001
WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF ? Arhuus Theatre – Denmark. 2003
Edinburgh Festival

NAUGHTY NIGHT NURSES ( Pamela Stephenson ) 1985

A MUSE OF FIRE ( Alan Bates ) 1989

 UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL 2010
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