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Francis trained at Wimbledon School of Art. His career in the last thirty years encompasses work across drama, musical theatre and opera. He has designed numerous productions for The National Theatre, The RSC and new work for the Royal Court and Hampstead Theatre. Internationally, designs include productions for Komische Opera Berlin, Opera Geneva, Spoleto Festival and Opera de Monte Carlo.

Awards and Nominations

List Of Productions

2024

PARTY GAMES! | Director: Joanna Read | Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

BILLY ELLIOT | Maag Theatre, Zurich, Switzerland

ACI GALATEA E POLIFEMO | Director: Jack Furness | London Handel Festival

2023

FAUST | Director: Jack Furness | Irish National Opera, Gaiety Theatre

ROMAN HOLIDAY | Director: Jeremy Sams | Theatre Royal Bath

GHOSTS | Director: Mark O'Rowe | Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

DRUID O'CASEY - THREE DUBLIN PLAYS | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway/ Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ The Public, New York

TOSCA | Director: Stephen Medcalf | Grange Park Opera

2022

THE LAVENDAR HILL MOB | Director: Jeremy Sams | UK Tour

LA GIOCONDA | Director: Stephen Medcalf | Grange Park Opera

THE ABDUCTION OF SERAGLIO | Director: Dieter Kaiegi | Opera de Marseilles, France

LADY OF LETTERS | Director: Joanna Read | National Tour

NOISES OFF | Director: Thom Smith Southerland | Theater Cottbus, Germany

THE LAST RETURN | Director: Sara Joyce | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

2021

THE SEAGULL | and broadcast | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

IVAN THE TERRIBLE | Director: David Pountney | Grange Park Opera

SEAN O'CASEY THREE SHORT COMEDIES | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

SARKA | Director: Dieter Kaiegi | Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Switzerland

FIDELIO | Director: Annabelle Comyn | Irish National Opera

ONCE BEFORE I GO | Director: Selina Cartmell | Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2020

BOLAND (A POET'S JOURNEY) | Broadcast | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

DRUID GREGORY (PLAYS OF AUGUSTA GREGORY) | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

THE CHERRY ORCHARD | and broadcast | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE | Director: Dieter Kaiegi | Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Switzerland

STREET SCENE | Director: Matthew Ebberhardt | Opera North

MAGGIE MAY | Director: Jemima Levick | Leeds Playhouse

2019

GYPSY | Director: Jo Davies | Manchester Royal Exchange

THE BEACON | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland

PARADE | Broadcast | Director: Martin Duncan | Chatelet Paris, France

EPIPHANY | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre, Galway, France

FANTASIO | Director: Martin Duncan | Garsington Opera

PORGY AND BESS | Director: Jean Pierre van der Spuy | Grange Park Opera

THE COUNTRY GIRL | Director: Graham McLaren | Abbey Theatre, Ireland

THE TELL TALE HEART | Director: Anthony Nielson | National Theatre

PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE | Director: Wilson Milam | Royal Shakespeare Company

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/ Royal Court/ Broadway

THE LEENANE TRILOGY | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/ Royal Court

WRITTEN ON THE HEART | Director: Gregory Doran | Royal Shakespeare Company

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM | Director: Gregory Doran | Royal Shakespeare Company

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST | Director: Gregory Doran | Royal Shakespeare Company

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW | Director: Gregory Doran | Royal Shakespeare Company

LA TRAVIATA | Director: Conall Morrison | English National Opera

WAITING FOR GODOT | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/ Lincoln Centre, New York, US

DRUID SHAKESPEARE | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/Lincoln Centre, New York, US

DRUID SYNGE | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/ Lincoln Centre, New York, US 

DRUID MURPHY | Director: Garry Hynes | Druid Theatre/ Lincoln Centre, New York, US / Edinburgh Festival

KISS ME KATE | Director: Martin Duncan | Dortmund Opera/ Bonn Opera, Germany

PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL 2019 | Francis O’Connor was selected to represent unique achievement in Irish Stage Design | Work on Waiting for Godot was shown in fragments

PINOCCHIO | Broadcast | Director: Martin Duncan | Opera North

SILENT NIGHT | Broadcast | Director: Eric Simonson | Premier Minnesota Opera, US

THE MAGIC FLUTE | Director: Daniel Slater | Ural State Opera, Russia

DON PASQUALE | Director: Daniel Slater | Opera de Geneva, Switzerland

ENLIGHTENMENT | Director: Edward Hall | Hampstead Theatre

SACRED HEART | Director: Edward Hall | Royal Court

A RAISIN IN THE SUN | Director: David Lan | Young Vic

THE DAUGHTER IN LAW | Director: David Lan | Young Vic

LA CAVA | Director: Stephen Dexter | Piccadilly Theatre/ Eon Entertainment

LOSERVILLE | Director: Stephen Dexter | West End

TARRY FLYNN | Director: Conall Morrison | Abbey Theatre/ National Theatre

IPHIGENIA IN AULIS | Director: Katie Mitchell | Abbey Theatre

THE SHAUGHRAUN | Director: John McColgan | Abbey Theatre/ West End

THE WAKE | Director: Patrick Mason | Abbey Theatre

OVER TEN PRODUCTIONS | Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland