40 Facts: Fact #25

Did you know? The Maria is named after a real woman… The theatre designer Maria Björnson.

Maria Björnson was an acclaimed designer working in theatre and opera across the world. She was a Tony and Drama Desk award-winning designer and one of her most notable designs was The Phantom of the Opera in 1986.


Maria Björnson, as painted by her friend Yolanda Sonnabend

Maria-Bjornson-Toussaint-Louverture
One of Maria’s sketches for Touissant L’Overture


Maria Björnson sadly passed away unexpectedly on 13 December 2002.

In 2006, after we refurbished the Young Vic – we decided to name our new space after Maria. Past shows in the Maria include The ChangelingIn the Penal ColonyKafka’s Monkey and The Brothers Size. 

Our current show in the Maria is After Miss Julie

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