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Bob Crowley

Designer

Biography

Irish designer Bob Crowley made his Royal Opera debut in 1987 creating designs for The King Goes Forth to France, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He has since created designs for The Royal Opera's La traviata, directed by Richard Eyre, and The Knot Garden and Don Carlo, directed by Hytner. For The Royal Ballet he has created designs for the 1996 revival of Kenneth MacMillan's Anastasia and for Christopher Wheeldon's Pavane pour une infante défunte, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale.

Crowley was born in Cork and after studying fine art at the Crawford Art School moved to England to train in theatre design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His breakthrough production was The Duchess of Malfi at the Royal Exchange, a huge critical success that resulted in Crowley being invited to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He has since designed more than twenty productions for the National Theatre, including Collaborators, Fram (also co-director), His Girl Friday, Mourning Becomes Electra and The History Boys, and numerous productions for the RSC, including The Plantagenets (for which he won an Olivier award) and Les Liaisons dangereuses. Crowley has also designed extensively for Broadway and the West End and has created designs for films including Othello and on television in Tales from Hollywood and Suddenly Last Summer. Other opera designs include The Magic Flute (English National Opera) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Théâtre du Châtelet).

Crowley’s many accolades include six Tony awards, The Royal Designer for Industry Award and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

16 December 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including a closer look at the character of the Queen of Hearts

Christopher Wheeldon and the many different styles that bring Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to life

Christopher Wheeldon and the many different styles that bring Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to life

1 December 2014

To create his ballet the choreographer drew on everything from classical ballet to tap and Broadway musicals.

5 things you need to know about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

5 things you need to know about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

27 November 2014

Our quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's glorious family ballet, based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

How to Stage an Opera: tradition and transformation in La traviata

15 May 2014

Richard Eyre's production may look traditional, but its exaggerated theatricality invites a closer look.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Winter’s Tale

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on The Winter’s Tale

28 April 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

Ballet Essentials: The Winter's Tale

31 March 2014

A quick guide to Christopher Wheeldon's captivating Shakespeare adaptation.