Desmond Heeley, scenograf
Theatrical design legend Desmond Heeley made his Broadway debut with the original production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildestern Are Dead. His designs won two Tony Awards, the only time in the history of the Tonys that a designer has received these coveted awards for the settings and costumes of the same play.
For six decades, with extraordinarily versatility, he has designed for the theatre, ballet and opera around the world, collaborating with many distinguished directors and choreographers, among them Sir Peter Hall, Michael Langham, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Cranko and Gian Carlo Menotti.
Heeley’s settings and costumes have graced such stages as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. He has designed for great companies like The Royal Shakespeare Company, American Ballet Theater, The English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and many others. Over the years a long and glittering list of artists and performers have worn his designs: Dame Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshinikov, Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo and actors Alan Bates, Vivien Leigh, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.
In 1994 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. Desmond Heeley’s work is in museums and galleries within the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, as well as many private collections.