Souvenir Scenic Studios is one of the UK's foremost scenery builders and specialist prop-makers. Established in 1988 by Simon Kenny, it has earned considerable recognition, not only for traditional fine-painted scenery but also for spectacular coups de theatre and bespoke sculptural pieces. Working on major West End productions this year including recent musicals ‘Back To The Future’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, Disney Theatricals London production of ‘Frozen’, and the ‘Beauty and the Beast' tour.
Souvenir is at the forefront of London theatre, including shows ‘The Book of Mormon’, ‘Come From Away’, ‘& Juliet’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Made in Dagenham’, as well as dramas such as ‘The Cursed Child’ – the Harry Potter double bill at the Palace Theatre, and also for San Fransico, Melbourne, Hamburg and Toronto and many more.
The company has extensive experience in ballet having completed Houston Ballet’s epic scale production of The Nutcracker, which opened in Houston in November 2016, as well as working with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in Motion Pictures, The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet.
Since 1999 Souvenir has been increasingly involved in the world of fashion. The company developed a highly successful working relationship with Lee Alexander McQueen, Sam Gainsbury and Anna Whiting, creating shows from Voss at the Gatliffe Road warehouse in London onwards, including what Vogue magazine called the fashion event of the Noughties, the Highland Rape show featuring the Peppers Ghost projection with Kate Moss.
Other shows and installations include works for Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Thom Browne, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga.
Working behind the scenes in London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, Souvenir has been responsible for some of the most talked about productions in recent years. The most memorable include the award winning and record breaking Savage Beauty, the spectacular retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s work at the Metropolitan Museum in 2011 and at the V&A in 2015, and the ‘Punk’ chandelier created for the Met Ball in 2013 made from 50,000 oversized razor blades.
Souvenir’s specialist expertise and high-quality craftsmanship in realising design has indeed made it the first port of call for many artists and designers, working on projects including the Telectroscope for Artichoke, the enormous oak tree that lifted out of the ground during the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony, and ‘Revoluitsiia’, a collaboration between The VAC, Venice and The Chicago Institute, commemorating 100 years since the Russian Revolution, opening to coincide with the Venice Biennale.