Bob Crowley created the designs for The Royal Opera's La traviata and The Royal Ballet's The Winter’s Tale, each appearing at the Royal Opera House in the 2013/14 Season. His other work for the Royal Opera House includes designs for Don Carlo for The Royal Opera and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet.
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 NT 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. 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.
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