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William Bundy

Lighting designer


English lighting designer William Bundy was Technical Administrator for the Royal Opera House. He joined the staff of the Royal Opera House in 1951 as Chief Electrician, and was appointed Ballet Stage Manager in 1957, Stage Director in 1958, Technical Director in 1970 and Technical Administrator in 1974. In his many years at the Royal Opera House he lit more than 170 ballets and operas, including Manon, Rituals, A Month in the Country, The Taming of the Shrew and Sinfonietta. He died in 1991.

Bundy was born in Nottingham. He joined the Old Vic in 1948 and then worked with Laurence Olivier Productions, later becoming Technical Director for the National Theatre in Iceland. He joined Strand Electric in 1950, working on projects including the Festival of Britain.

Bundy left the Royal Opera House in 1977 to become Technical Administrator of the National Theatre, and in 1980 was appointed Associate Director of the NT. His credits there included Don Quixote, Schweik in the Second World War, Way Upstream, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella. Credits elsewhere included Arabella for the Paris Opéra. He was married to Rosemary Bundy, a former dancer of The Royal Ballet.