Bunny Christie

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Bunny Christie
Born
St Andrews
OccupationTheatre Designer
Known forThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play)
Awards3 Olivier Awards
1 Tony Award

Bunny Christie OBE (born 1962) is a Scottish theatre set designer.[1][2]

Career[edit]

She was born in St Andrews and studied at the Central School of Art in London. She has won three Olivier Awards and also worked on Kenneth Branagh's Oscar-nominated short film Swan Song.[3]

Christie designed the sets and costumes for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play), which was initially produced at the Royal National Theatre in 2012, and also was performed on Broadway in 2014.[4]

In 2014, Christie designed the set for the new musical Made in Dagenham.[5] She designed the set for People, Places & Things which ran at the Royal National Theatre in 2015 and Off-Broadway at St. Ann's Warehouse in 2017.[6]

In 2018, she designed the set for Marianne Elliot’s gender bending revival of the musical Company. The musical opened in the West End in 2018.[7]

In 2018 she received an OBE for her services to British theatre.[8]

David Jays, writing in The Guardian, described her style: "Bunny Christie doesn’t design stage sets. She creates worlds. Audaciously theatrical and frequently startling, her creations pull spectators headlong into the universe of a play – whether through the disorienting aperture of The Red Barn or the vintage newsroom pile-up in Ink. Christie often places us inside a protagonist’s head – she designs psychology as well as space, most notably for the singular hero of The Curious Incident, which won her one of her three Olivier awards."[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Olivier Award Best Set Design for The White Guard (2011) - winner[11]
  • Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Made In Dagenham (2015) - nomination[14]
  • Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Company (2019) - nomination[15]
  • Evening Standard Theatre Award for Baby Doll (2000) - winner[16]
  • Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Set Design (2017) - nomination and Olivier Award Best Set design (2018) - nomination for Ink
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play for People, Places & Things (2018) - nomination[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, The Guardian, 17 March 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Meet Bunny Christie: London's most astonishing set designer". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Bunny Christie Credits" nationaltheatre.org.uk, accessed 5 March 2019
  4. ^ "Broadway Production" playbill (vault), accessed 5 March 2019
  5. ^ "Gemma Arterton stars in Rupert Goold's Made in Dagenham musical at Adelphi from October". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ Gordon, David. "Review. 'People, Places & Things'" theatermania.com, October 25, 2017
  7. ^ Peikert, Mark. "Read Reviews of Marianne Elliott's Reimagined Revival of Sondheim's 'Company' in the West End" playbill, October 17, 2018
  8. ^ Masso, Giverny. "Sophie Okonedo, Bunny Christie and Richard Alston recognised in New Year honours list" thestage.co.uk, December 28, 2018
  9. ^ Jays, David. "Dangerous dreams: the mind-blowing world of designer Bunny Christie – in pictures" The Guardian, 4 September 2017
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "West End's Olivier Award Winners Announced Feb. 14" playbill, February 14, 2003
  11. ^ "Olivier Awards 2011" officiallondontheatre.com, accessed 5 March 2019
  12. ^ "Bunny Christie and Finn Ross - Designing new worlds | V&A Dundee". www.vandadundee.org. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Olivier Awards 2013" officiallondontheatre.com, accessed 5 March 2019
  14. ^ "Olivier Awards 2015" officiallondontheatre.com, accessed 5 March 2019
  15. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "2019 Olivier Award Nominations: London's 'Company' and 'Come From Away' Lead the Pack" playbill, March 5, 2019
  16. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 1980-2003" Evening Standard, 29 October 2003
  17. ^ "BWW TV Exclusive: Curious Incident's Bunny Christie and Finn Ross on Their Tony Win! Video". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Awards" ibdb.com, accessed 5 March 2019
  19. ^ "Winners list for the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard | Official Website". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 7 April 2019.