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Nicholas Georgiadis was born in Athens and studied at the National Metsovian University before winning a Fulbright scholarship in 1952 to study at Columbia University, New York. The following year he moved to London to study stage design at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he later became a lecturer. His designs came to the attention of Ninette de Valois and he began his partnership with Kenneth MacMillan immediately on graduation, creating designs for Danses concertantes in 1955. In addition to his work with MacMillan, Georgiadis developed a close partnership with Rudolph Nureyev, creating designs for his production of The Sleeping Beauty (London Festival Ballet) and several works for Paris Opera Ballet. His many opera productions included Medea (Frankfurt), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence) and Don Giovanni and La traviata (Greece). Georgiadis painted throughout his career and exhibited widely, at galleries including the Redfern Gallery and at the Venice Biennale. He was appointed a CBE in 1984 and admitted to the Greek Academy of Arts in 2000.