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Tony Walton



Tony Walton is a designer of settings and, frequently, costumes for theatre and film, as well as a stage director. His many designs for Broadway include the recent revivals of Our Town, I’m Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes. Other Broadway designs include Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes, as well as Grand Hotel, The Real Thing, The Will Rogers Follies and The House of Blue Leaves and Will. Walton is the winner of three Tony Awards (Guys and Dolls, The House of Blue Leaves, and Pippin), as well as 16 Tony Award nominations. He was the Production Designer for Madison Square Garden’s Christmas Carol for its ten years of annual appearances as well as for Julie Andrew’s triumphant Bay Street Theatre and The Goodspeed revival of The Boy Friend.

In film, Walton has designed for directors Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf and François Truffaut. Among these twenty films are:
Mary Poppins, Murder on the Orient Express, Fahrenheit 451, The Wiz, The Boy Friend, All That Jazz, Death of a Salesman, Regarding Henry, The Glass Menagerie and Deathtrap. His graphic work includes many book and magazine illustrations and caricatures for Playbill, Theatre Arts and Vogue, as well as covers for record albums and cds, posters and logos for many Broadway and West End shows.

As producer, Walton has co-presented six productions, plays and musicals, in London: three in association with the legendary Hal Prince. His designs for opera have been seen at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Sadler’s Wells and many opera houses throughout Europe and America. His many ballet designs include Peter and the Wolf for American Ballet Theatre and St. Louis Woman for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. His directorial credits include the smash revival of Where’s Charley? for the Goodspeed Opera House and the U. S. premiere of Noel Coward’s After the Ball (a musical version of Lady Windermere’s Fan) for the Irish Repertory Theatre for whom he also directed and designed The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Other directing credits include Noel Coward’s A Song at Twilight for the Bay Street Theatre, Glen LeRoy’s Missing Footage for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show for a 60-city U. S. tour. Most recently, he directed Orson Welles’ Moby Dick Rehearsal, starring Peter Boyle as Ahab, for Easthampton’s historic John Drew Theatre. His many citations include the Oscar, the Emmy and three Tonys (16 nominations.). Walton was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.