Richard Nutbourne Scenic Studio is a commercial company painting scenery for subsidised and commercial Opera, Ballet and Theatre companies as well as offering these skills to film ,TV, artists  and the events industry. If you need anything painting on any surface we can do it.

Richard Nutbourne started painting scenery when he was 15, being involved with The Cambridge and National Youth Theatres. He designed, built and painted numerous productions for all the theatres in Cambridge including University societies and the Footlights. His first professional work was for Roger Hones at the Festival Theatre.

After deciding that the area of scenic painting interested him the most he studied scenic art under the tuteridge of Dame Leslie Woolnough at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Within a year of working in rep at Derby Playhouse he had the career changing opportunity of working for the Royal Opera as a Scenic Artist. Richard was employed full time at Covent Garden for 6 years before he left and went  freelance. After building up a successful freelance career centred on work for the Royal Court Theatre and then painting cloths for Mamma Mia! he set up his company Coolflight Ltd and started Richard Nutbourne Scenic Studio.

We have a strong team made up of full time as well as freelance artists.

Annie Hargreaves has worked for Richard Nutbourne since she left R.A.D.A ( where she studied under Emma Troubridge on their Specialist Scenic Art course) in 2001. She has also worked freelance for various other companies, including the Royal Opera House, where she had a six month spell as a scenic artist attached to the prop making dept.

Before making the change to scenic art, Annie had studied at Camberwell College of Art and had a freelance career as an art director in Television Drama.


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