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Tim Reed has an international reputation as an opera and theatre designer. Opera includes the Paris Opera premier of "Docteur Faustus", "L'Ormindo" for Netherlands Opera, Verdi's "Macbeth" in Madrid, "La traviata", "The Turn of the Screw" and "Hänsel und Gretel" in Israel, and in Dublin, "Cosi fan tutte", "Der Rosenkavalier", "Die Fledermaus" and "La traviata". He has worked extensively in Sweden designing "L'elisir d'amore" for Gothenberg Opera and "The Coronation of Poppea" and "The Marriage of Figaro" for Norrlands Opera in Umeå. He has worked at Wexford Festival on numerous occasions, where designs include "Il maestro di capella", "La serva padrona", "La serva e l'ussero", "Un giorno di regno", Il mondo della luna", "Cendrillon" and "La vedova scaltra". For Opera Northern Ireland designs include "Macbeth", "Falstaff", also staged in Monte Carlo and Marseilles; "Ariadne auf Naxos" and "Le nozze di Figaro"also staged for the Kirov Opera in St Petersburg; "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", "Die Zauberflöte" and "La bohème".

Theatre work includes "The York Mystery Cycle" with Steven Pimlott, "The Beaux’ Stratagem" and "The Field" for the Abbey, "Exit, Entrance" and "The Shadow of a Gunman" for the Peacock, and "Happy Days" and "The House of Bernarda Alba" for the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Extensive work for Britain's most prominent regional theatres and London's West End include Stephen Bill's "Curtains", (Hampstead & Whitehall Theatres), Frank McGuinness's "Bag Lady" at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and the premier of Anthony Minghella's "Two Planks and a Passion" for the Northcott Theatre Exeter. Tim designed Britten's "Albert Herring" for Opera 80 1991-92 Tour. In 1995 Tim returned to Gothenberg to design "Don Giovanni" with Clare Venables and then designed "The Cunning Little Vixen" for Opera Northern Ireland. He designed "Hobson’s Choice", "Spring and Port Wine" and "Horse and Carriage" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and, most recently, "A Whistle in the Dark and "The Gigli Concert" for the Irish National Theatre season of Tom Murphy plays for the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Tim has had many exhibitions of painting: "…..cento in Francia" in Gothenburg and London; "… first base" and "anything that moves.." in London and "The Magic Flute" in Eksjö, Sweden.