Rhys was one of the winners of the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize for his designs of Varjak Paw (The Opera Group). New work includes James and the Giant Peach (Northern Stage) and The Machine Stops for York Theatre Royal. In 2015 he designed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Northern Stage); Hurling Rubble at the Sun and Hurling Rubble at the Moon (Park Theatre). Designs for Gecko include Missing, Institute and The Time of Your Life (BBC co-production). Recent theatre work includes The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre), Holes and Threeway. Rhys has also designed for opera, television and a range if outdoor site specific work.
His design for The Wedding was selected to be part of an exhibition entitled ‘Staging Places: UK Design for Performance’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) in 2019-20.