From: St. Andrews, Scotland. LA Opera: Tosca (2013, debut; also 2017). Upcoming: Tosca (2022).
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 production is also seen on Broadway this season. Her previous Broadway design for Ink directed by Rupert Goold was nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best Set Design.
She has a long relationship with the National Theatre designing in all of their performance 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 theater and supporting the teaching of drama in schools. Curious Incident is now touring the UK and Internationally.
Recently she was working at the Bridge Theatre designing A Midsummer Nights Dream directed by Nicholas Hytner. This immersive production won her an Evening Standard Award.
She recently won the Evening Standard Best Design Award for three of her productions: Ink at the Almeida and Duke of York Theatre, Heisenberg at Wyndhams Theatre, and 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 The Welkin, 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 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 Ann's 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 space 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 English National Opera and Geneva Grand Opera for David McVicar, and Tosca for John Caird at 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.
Learn more at BunnyChristie.co.uk.