Bunny Christie Portfolio, Profile, Credits and contact information
Bunny Christie is a multi award winning Production Designer.
She recently won her fourth Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her Production Design of Company directed by Marianne Elliott at The Gielgud Theatre. This 5 star production will open on Broadway next year.
Her Design of INK directed by Rupert Goold is currently on Broadway and has been nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best Set Design. Ben Brantley’s review in The New York Times described it as: “This production is steeped in a gritty nostalgia for the end of a chapter in journalism. This genius set and costume designer, Bunny Christie, has created a landscape of battered metal desks, stacked into rickety hills and valleys.”
She is based in London but has designed shows all over the UK, Europe and in the US.
She has a long relationship with the National Theatre designing in all of their theatre spaces and devising shows at the NT Studio. Her work at the NT covers Production and Costume Design for many of the classics and a huge number of new plays.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time began life at The National Theatre, transferred to the West End to huge acclaim, and subsequently completed a UK, US and Far East Tour. She won her third Olivier Award and a Tony Award for designing this record breaking production. She also designed a small scale touring version of Curious Incident which has been visiting British schools, giving many students their first experience of live theatre and supporting the teaching of drama in schools.
She is currently working at The Bridge Theatre designing A Midsummer Nights Dream directed by Nicholas Hytner. This immersive production can be seen throughout the summer at this exciting new theatre space. Her Design for the hit production of Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre, with Ben Whitshaw, transformed the Bridge Theatre into an in the round space last year.
Bunny Christie design for Company at The Gielgud Theatre was nominated for this years Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Design. This 5 star production directed by Marianne Elliott was hailed as “A sublime cocktail” “A game changer” “it’s glorious!”
Bunny Christie won last year's Evening Standard Best Design Award for three of her productions: Ink at The Almeida and Duke of York Theatre Heisenberg at Wyndhams Theatre The Red Barn at The National Theatre.
The Red Barn directed by Robert Icke, came number one in Mark Shenton's Top Ten set designs. "The most astonishing theatre design was provided by Bunny Christie for The Red Barn at the National Theatre".
She designed People Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan. This hugely successful show began life at The National Theatre, transferred to The Wyndhams Theatre, to St. Ann’s in New York and won two Olivier Awards.
Other work at the NT includes Husbands and Sons, Comedy of Errors and The White Guard for which she won an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award. Previous work at the National includes: Cherry Orchard, Men Should Weep, Our Class, Emil and the Detectives with over 150 children in the cast, Philistines, Women of Troy with Katie Mitchell and A Streetcar named Desire starring Glenn Close for which she won an Olivier Award.
She designed Julius Caesar and Henry IV at The Donmar. This was with an all women company directed by Phyllida Lloyd which transferred to St Anns Warehouse in Brooklyn and was hailed as “One of the most important theatrical events of the year.” The Tempest completed the trilogy and all three were performed at The Donmar at Kings Cross in a new theatre space and bar which she designed.
She has a long commitment to Eve Ensler’s work, designing all The Vagina Monologues from its British premier at the Kings Head through to performances at the Royal Albert Hall, raising huge sums for woman’s charities worldwide.
Opera work includes designing Medea at ENO and Geneva Grand Opera for David McVicar. Tosca for Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Opera and LA Opera. Whilst working at Houston Grand Opera with Andre Previn, she designed the world premier of his Opera, Brief Encounter.
Many of her productions have been filmed for the NT Live and by the BBC and she was Production Designer on Swansong starring John Gielgud which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Short Film.
Tony Award Nomination 2019 Best Set Design -INK Broadway
Critics Circle Award 2019 Best Set -Company
Olivier Award 2019 Best Set Design -Company
Oliver Nomination 2018 Best Set Design -INK
Evening Standard Award 2017 Best Design -Red Barn -NT, INK -Almeida, Heisenberg -Whyndhams Theatre
Tony Award 2015 Best Set Design-Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Olivier Nomination 2015 Best Set Design- Made in Dagenham
Olivier Award 2013 Best Set Design - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Evening Standard Nomination 2012 Best Design - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime.
Olivier Award 2011 Best Set Design - The White Guard
Critics Circle Award Best Design 2011 - The White Guard
Olivier Award 2003 Best Set Design - Streetcar Named Desire
Olivier Nomination 2000 Set Design - Baby Doll
Evening Standard Award 2000 Best Design - Baby Doll
Olivier Nomination 1999 Costume Design - As You Like It
Honorary Doctor of Letters- St Andrews University