Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer
Paul Groothuis

Born in Holland, and originally trained as a fine mechanical instrument-maker, Paul studied stage management at Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving in 1981. Having spent six months touring with David Wood play called The Ideal Gnome Expedition, Paul spent four years working in a recording studio, working his way up from tape operator to resident engineer. He joined the National Theatre sound department in 1984, where, in the following 17 years, he designed the sound for over 120 productions in its three auditoria. Leaving in 2001 to pursue a freelance career, he has been lucky enough to work in all genres of performing arts, equally enjoying plays, musicals and dance.

Credits include: Anything Goes (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane); His Dark Materials, Edmond, Henry V, The Coast of Utopia and My Fair Lady (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, UK and US Tour); Hamlet (1987); The Oedipus Play, Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice, The Rose Tattoo, Rafta, Rafta..., Candide and Oklahoma! (National Theatre, Lyceum and Gershwin, New York); Oh What a Lovely War, A Little Night Music, Lady in the Dark, and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre); Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (National Theatre); The King and I (London Palladium, UK Tour); Endgame (Albery); Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Dorian Gray, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, Highland Fling, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Carousel (National Theatre,
West End, Tokyo); Oliver! (Palladium, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, UK Tour); Mary Poppins (UK, Holland, Austria and USA Tour); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Marguerite (West End and Tokyo); The House of Bernarda Alba, Buried Child, Henry IV parts I and II, Acorn Antiques – the Musical! and Hamlet (National Theatre, 2011); All My Sons (National Theatre and West End); The Cherry Orchard (2011); Children’s Hour, Flare Path, Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern Are Dead, Kiss Me, Kate and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2012, Chichester and West End); Loyalty, 55 Days, Chariots of Fire and Good People (Hampstead Theatre); The Pajama Game (Chichester and West End); Private Lives and Neville’s Island (Chichester); Stephen Ward (London); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End) and Amadeus, Guys and Dolls, and Gypsy (Chichester).

Paul is creative associate with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and associate (sound) for the Chichester Festival Theatre.