Mid Summer Update

With the sun beating down, the aircon set at max, we’ve had a busy 1st half of the year-

Building all sorts of Theatre, Event and TV scenery.

From theatre tours such as Strangers on a Train, Jekyll and Hyde to 6m skyscrapers for Adobe and bespoke Aluminium Decks for a cruise ship

With Window displays in production and a rather fun outdoor set for Alice in Wonderland going in tomorrow.

Looking for similar, or have a tricky build in mind feel free to get in touch:

Email: George@clockworksccenery.com

Phone: 01483 375777



Happy Christmas

Another year rolls around and we look back on 2017.

It’s been another record year for Clockwork, working in Theatres, Opera Houses and Exhibition Halls across the land and overseas including ones on the Sea!

We’ve settled into our new Workshop and it’s getting there in terms of layout and racking. We’ve invested in new machinery (currently looking forward to receiving our new CNC Router in the new year) and are constantly tweaking where things live, and if there’s enough space for Georges BBQ stock…! Safe to say there is! Here’s a shameless plug! BlackBoxBBQ

Currently we have 3 shows in the workshop- Strangers on a Train for an ATG tour, Beginning for The National’s transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre, replacing Stomp, and Jane Eyre awaiting a refurb post its recent tour.


Rather late Weekly News!

With Clockwork going from strength to strength, we’ve doubled our output with the bigger workshop that we moved to at the beginning of the year.!

We’re pretty happy with the layout and has been utilised to the max over the last few months.

We’ve even found space for a couple of George’s hobbies… see blackboxbbq.co.uk 

and we now have a ‘Machine room’ with 2 engineering lathes, and are looking at another 10 x 5 CNC router to add to our CNC capabilities.

We’re currently building 2 versions of Jersey Boys for Dubai and China built to fit on an Aeroplane! so that is keeping us busy, We waved goodbye to the Dubai one yesterday and are back on with the China version.

We’ve been all over the place from The Grange in Alresford, Crewe with Our House, The Old Vic for Girl from The North Country and Milton Keynes to name a few.


We’ve grown…..

Clockwork Scenery has grown on all fronts over the past couple months!

You can now find us in our fantastic new workshop and offices (over 12,000sqft) based between Farnham and Haslemere on the Surrey / Hampshire border- Set in an Ex Royal Engineers Barracks we have an old tank workshop which gives us over 8 times more space than before with great roof height allowing us to take on not only much larger but many more exciting new projects!

With the carefully laid out workshop we have four distinct zones, Metalwork, Carpentry, Assembly, and Paint which flow from one to the other allowing greater efficiency and a great space to work.

The team has also grown and with the new addition of the wonderful Rob Wells as Project Manager, everyone at Clockwork Scenery are looking forward to the year ahead!

Most recent projects have been a number 1 touring set of Wonderland, The Grange Festival Opera, The Kid for the The English Stage Company, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead for The Old Vic and Jane Eyre for The Royal National Theatre to name just a few!


We’re recruiting

We are looking for an enthusiastic project manager to join our team

Ideal applicants would have CAD skills and be thoroughly organised. We’re interested to hear from both recent grads and people with experience.

Pay is depending on experience but likely £40-£45k

Here’s the Job description-


If you think you have the skills get in touch! 01483 375777


A WILD old time!

We’ve had a great time creating some classic theatre scenery, with a twist for Hampstead Theatres’ ‘Wild’ production. Having received rave reviews it all looked great and provided the ‘coup de théâtre’ the director and designer were looking for.

Continuing with the Roald Dahl theme from earlier in the year we made 50 metal clad plinths for The BFG Dream Jar trail launched in London and cities around the country this month.

And most recently 6 Dolls Houses vitrines for antique jewellery display.



A Spring in our step…

Once again we’ve had a busy Spring  taking us from Cruise Ships in Stockholm for a Grease production,  to Excel for the fabrication of a lounge, VIP area, 13 catering stations and giant entranceway, including 350 metres of LED tape for Adobe and most recently to Clerkenwell Design week for the installation of an interesting concept where we provided a spectrum of elements for the build including CNC parts and onsite crew. With lots of new projects coming in we look forward to updating you on what we get up to next!



A Wondercrump World.

As usual it’s been non stop in the workshop… Christmas was spent building a touring box set for ATGs Private Lives and January has seen us immersed in a Wondercrump!
Clockwork Scenery designed and developed 8 interactive, sensory rooms narrating the fascinating life and influences of Roald Dahl in this exhibition aimed at 7-12 year olds for The Southbank Centre. A mix of installation, traditional set and lots of dressing!  An all encompassing job but hugely rewarding with fantastic press and reactions from the children.

Its been a busy busy year…

What a busy year it has been with Clockwork Scenery collaborating on builds for experiential marketing, events, festivals and of course continuing building some interesting theatre scenery too!  We already have some exciting projects for 2016 and look forward to showcasing these in the New Year!

                      24 Theatre sets built                143 jobs completed

                                      Over 3,000 sheets of plywood used

                                                   1.5km of LED tape used  


1500 lengths of steel

                OVER 13,221 workshop hours         8 Event builds

               7 Cruise Ship sets built                                     49 clients

                                 10 Experiential marketing activations

[Figures accurate as of 9/12/15 and as long as Jo’s maths is correct!]


A Summer full of festivals…

…and of course some theatre scenery too!

Its been a busy busy Summer working on some really fun and different projects such as theatre scenery, festival scenery as well as exhibition scenery –  many of which had a rather alcoholic flavour running through them!



Busy… Building an Altar

Must Be Easter soon as we’re doing quotes for eggs…!

As usual it’s been non stop in the workshop… January flew buy, with all sorts of jobs going out, from Aluminium Rolling Riser decks for the Back Street Boys, Romeo and Juliet for The Rose in Kingston

February and March are Cruise Ship scenery season, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, for TSE Productions, Bills Place, Crossroads, On the Six, and Casino Royale for BKP.

Another Romeo for Cranleigh, a trade show booth for Cecence, and Lest I forget…. the Altar for Richard III….

A hugely rewarding job working closely with James Elliott- Stone mason/ Wizard. All went in to the Cathedral in time for the re-internment, and there’s quite the buzz about it- More to follow in the Press we hope- It involved a load of technical know how from James and myself to make a sculptural and practical piece which will last the test of time.


New Year brings New Clients & New Projects

As the new year gets off to a good start we’ve got some great projects on the go and a healthy list of quotes to do.

Next week I’m off to Stockholm and Helsinki to measure up for another Saturday Night Fever and Fame on a cruise ship.

We’ve been working on a really interesting job for an altar in a Cathedral… and the the guys are into the build for Romeo and Juliet at The Rose in Kingston.


A Merry Christmas to one and all.





Thanks for your kind support and business over the last year-

It’s been our busiest yet, we’ve been here there and everywhere working on a wide and diverse list of exciting projects.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break, and we look forward to all the New Year enquiries! (once you’re recovered!)


We’ve been in a Fever…

It’s as always been a busy spell in the workshop, from Saturday Night Fever, to Noises off, to La Traviata, to Paddington Bears plinths.

The welders have been going none stop, the CNC has been zipping about, and the painters have been sploshing.


It’s good to be busy…

As the saying goes, apparently it’s good to be busy? Life would be dull without deadlines….

We’ve been busy bees recently and it continues to look crazy busy!

We’ve been in Prague for Anagram, working on a big staff party for Herbalife, we’re building boxes for Paddington Bear to stand on… 50 off. And gearing up for a Musical that’s out on UK tour.

We’re always looking for staff to add to out register- So if you’re a carpenter or Metalworker with experience and are looking to work at a fun and busy workshop, get in touch.



So we had a little job in to make 4 revolving teacups-

I think they look great all lit up and UV!

Each revolved on castors, then the cup had a battery powered revolve to elegantly spin…



Exciting Times

So last week we installed a new toy-!

Our beloved CNC router, with 3 days training and lots of coffee we are up and running.

we’ve machined our 1st few jobs, and can report we’re up to speed with both the machine and it’s software.

Working from a variety of sources of vectors- DWG, DXF, EPS, PDF…. it’s been interesting to play around to see what we can do with her… think it’s a her, now for a name…

The reason for getting ‘her’ was three fold-

One to reduce lead times from our existing suppliers, 2 to enable us to be more creative, and 3 to be able to offer a reliable service to others, in both a ‘sub-contracting’ role, and also in terms of products, so watch this space to see what we’re up to… it might just be interesting!



It’s been all hands to the pump recently- seems a while since we’ve been able to relax- a tiny bit!

We’ve been all over the country, from Bath, to Blackpool, from Sunningdale to Oxford, and the very top of the very top of the Gerkin….

Bath was for the delightful Theatre Royal, building Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in the main house.

Blackpool for Mamma Mia,

Sunningdale…..cough cough …it’s a secret. in fact if i told you I’d probably have to kill you.

Oxford for Idylls of a King.