William Dudley
Set Designer

William Dudley’s distinguished career as a designer of theatre and opera has been recognised with seven Olivier awards and a further seven nominations. He won a BAFTA for Roger Michell’s film of Persuasion and in April 2015 he won the Molière Award for Visual Creation for The Dance of the Vampires in Paris.  Earlier this year, the National Theatre staged a major retrospective of his work.

He has designed over sixty productions at the National Theatre, including The Mysteries, Coast of Utopia and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. At the Royal Court he designed Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick and Hitchcock Blonde (Oliver Award). Work at the RSC includes Julius Caesar (also New York), Merry Wives of Windsor (Olivier Award) Twelfth Night, Richard II & III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. West End productions include The End of the Rainbow, All My Sons, Woman in White, My Night with Reg and Lenny, with many transfers to the USA.

His forthcoming, current and most recent work includes Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland directed by Lucy Bailey in the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath, Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall, Comus at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse; Ross, The Rehearsal and For Services Rendered at Chichester; Gaslight for Royal and Derngate; The Importance of Being Earnest West End and UK tours, Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic, Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be at Stratford East.  

Bill designed the sets for Roman Polanski’s musical The Dance of the Vampires (Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Russia); The Ship (for European Cultural Capital Glasgow 1990); Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens, O2 and US tours); The Last Confession (world tour) and Sunday in the Park with George at the Théâtre du Châtelet.