Adrian studied design at the Slade School. He was house designer at London’s Mermaid Theatre from 1964 to 1970, house designer at Leicester Phoenix and subsequently at the Haymarket 1971 to 1980. He designed many productions during this time, some of which transferred to the West End, including My Fair Lady, Cause Célèbre and Tomfoolery. He was house designer at the Old Vic from 1980 to 1982, where his credits included The Merchant of Venice and The Relapse.
Adrian began working in Israel in 1968, designing productions for the Habima, Cameri, Haifa and Jerusalem theatres. His association with Sobol began with original productions of Weininger’s Night, Ghetto, Palestinian Girl, Adam, Jerusalem Syndrome and Nice Toni. This association led to his working in Germany and the USA. Many of these productions raised highly controversial issues, both political and social, such as the ‘great silence’ surrounding discussions of the Holocaust and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. From 2000, Adrian worked on designs for USA and UK tours of Miss Saigon and Oliver! for Cameron Mackintosh and his associates.