Paul Staples

Paul studied Architecture 1961-64 then came to Guernsey to work for George Bramall at Boutell & Bramall.

In 1967 he went to London and secured a position with the Design Development Studio of Sean Kenny, a multi award winning stage designer who designed the original London/New York productions  of “Oliver” and many other significant productions.

He became head of exhibitions for the Conran Design Group in 1970 but chose to take the freelance path in 1972.

Returned with his family to Guernsey in 1983

Since then, has worked steadily in all aspects of the theatre including opera, the West End, live music and major industrial product launches and exhibitions.

Clients include all the major motor and truck manufacturing companies, British Airways, IBM and the States of Guernsey.

He designed a number of “Casino de Paris” revues for the Dunes Hotel , Las Vegas,  “ Dr Faust for the Dutch National Opera, and did two seasons at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

In 1977 he designed a 12 m diameter crown for “Queen” in 1977, for their first arena show in Earls Court, the model of which is featured on the flyer for the Candie exhibition and which he then sold at Bonhams in a sale of music memorabilia.

Music credits include stage sets for Paul McCartney and Wings, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Take That and he won several awards for the 1987/8 Pink Floyd Tour.

In 1999 he was Creative director for the London Millennium Celebrations.

Local work includes the Guernsey sponsored Earls Court Boat Shows in the 80’s, the  Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2003 Island Games as well as Designing the Weighbridge Mast , the Open Air cinema and the Last night of the Proms as parts of the national Year of the Sea Celebration which took place in 2005.

Now retired, lives with his wife of 50 years in the Vale and makes Decorative Diversions.


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