Set designer lionized at Wimbledon

Hudson won a Tony for 'The Lion King' in 1998

LONDON — Set designer Richard Hudson, who won a Tony for the Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 1998, is to receive an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Wimbledon School of Art.

“This award is a celebration of Richard Hudson’s outstanding career in theatre design and his continued commitment to theatre education,” commented Wimbledon principal Professor Rod Bugg.

Hudson’s work in the theatre includes: “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” and “Doctor Faustus” at the Young Vic. His opera productions include: “La Khovantchina” at the Paris Opera, “The Cunning Little Vixen” at Opera North, “Of Mice and Men” at Bregenz, Washington and Houston, “Peter Grimes” in Amsterdam and the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy at Glyndebourne.

His most recent projects have included “Benvenuto Cellini” at Zurich, “Les Vepres Siciliennes” in Paris, “Idomeneo” in Florence and Wagner’s Ring Cycle at London’s ENO.

Hudson won an Olivier Award for the Jonathan Miller season at the Old Vic in 1988, and the Gold Medal at the 2003 Prague Quadrennial for his set design on “Tamerlano” at the Teatro alla Pergola, Florence.

He is the British Scenography Commissioner to OISTAT, the Intl. Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects & Technicians, and a Royal Designer for Industry, a position awarded by the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA).

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