Jon Bausor, winner of Best Design at UK Theatre Awards 2017

In design: The Grinning Man’s Jon Bausor

By Robin Johnson, Published February 8, 2018

When audiences step into the auditorium to watch brilliant new musical The Grinning Man, there’s one thing that’s impossible to miss – the (quite literally) jaw-dropping – and UK Theatre Award-winning – set design of John Bausor.

With a titanic grin encompassing the whole stage, and a specially configured space for the show at Trafalgar Studios, The Grinning Man’s set is an amazing mouthpiece through which to witness the deliciously dark and gothic tale of Grinpayne, a strange new fairground act who possesses a terrible secret.

So when we were exclusively invited to take a look at the pages of Bausor’s sketchbook, we couldn’t wait to see the ideas he played with before settling on the spectacular final choice. Take a look at some early Grinning Man designs below.

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

The Grinning Man set sketches (Credit: Jon Bausor)

Drawing audiences into its fantastical world – with a dark heart – The Grinning Man is based on Hugo’s book The Man Who Laughs.

Macabre, magical and majestically presented, The Grinning Man is a unique musical delight, and recently celebrated extending its West End run until 14 April 2018.

Book your The Grinning Man tickets today!

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