Max Lailey

2017 LINBURY PRIZE FINALIST

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'‘Being chosen as a Linbury Prize finalist is a real achievement for any young theatre designer. It’s a proper step onto the career ladder and opens a lot of doors for those at the early stages of their design career, and stood me in excellent stead when I started out. It gave me a real insight into the realities of the industry and what being a designer really entails. It also gave me my first professional London theatre job, and I’ll be forever thankful for the experience of being a finalist’'

Max Lailey, Designer

Max is a designer and illustrator based in London and his native home of Somerset. After training at The Rambert School, he gained an MA in Costume Design from London College of Fashion and upon graduating was chosen as a finalist for The Linbury Prize for Stage Design. He subsequently undertook an apprenticeship at The Royal Opera House and in 2019 earned a nomination for The Stage Debut Awards best designer for his work on Huddle at The Unicorn Theatre. In the same year he was featured in The Evening Standards Theatre Issue as one of the new faces of the West End. Since 2020, he has been working as a freelance illustrator and designer of printed goods and artwork, alongside his theatre work.