Antony McDonald

Director and Designer

Antony McDonald



Work as Director and Designer

Royal Designer for Industry.
Part of British Team of Designers who won the Golden Triga at the 2003  Prague Quadrenale  for Un Ballo in Maschera, Bregenz Festival, and in 1991 for the 1989 Royal Shakespeare Production of Hamlet.

Winner of Set Design Award, International Opera Awards 2013

 

2016
Boris Godunov Grange Park Opera
Costume Design: Gabrielle Dalton
2015
Fiddler on the Roof Grange Park Opera
Chor. Lucy Burge
Costume Design: Gabrielle Dalton
2014
Lohengrin Polish National Opera
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
2013
The Importance of Being Earnest NI Opera
L'Enfant et les Sortileges (Revival) Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow
Lohengrin Welsh National Opera co-production with Polish National Opera
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
2012
L'Enfant et les Sortileges Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow
Queen of Spades Grange Park Opera

Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Gotterdammerung Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
2011
Rusalka (revival) Grange Park Opera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Siegfried Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
2010
Die Walkure Nationale Reisopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
Maria Stuarda Opera North
Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
2009
Das Rheingold Nationale Resiopera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge

2008

Rusalka Grange Park Opera
Associate Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Choreographer: Lucy Burge
'Played out in a sinister woodcut, with pale, cold moon and leafless, grey-green trees, McDonald's Rusalka is virtually flawless...'
Anna Picard, The Sunday Independent
'McDonald, whose simple, evocative sets and sumptious fin de siecle costumes rank with his finest designs, explores the dark side of the myth, bringing it closer to the disturbing and gory narrative of Andersen's The Little Mermaid.' Hugh Canning, The Times
Tsarevitch Sudostbayerisches Stadtetheater, Germany
Choreographer: Lucy Burge

1992 - 2006

Manon

Nationale Reisopera

'Director and Designer Antony McDonald surrounded Manon with an historical ambiance... Beautifully done.' Peter van der Lint Trouw, The Netherlands Press

The Knot Garden

Scottish Opera

Wonderful Town

Grange Park Opera

Aida

Scottish Opera

King Priam

Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands

Aida

Scottish Opera

The Makropolous Case

Scottish Opera Go Round

Snatched by the Gods

 

Broken Strings
by Param Vir

Scottish Opera



Samson and Dalila

Scottish Opera

The Country Wife

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

The Nine Lives of Gertrude Stein

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Escape at Sea

Second Stride

The Birthday Party

Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow

 

In collaboration with Richard Jones, Festivals 1999 - 2002 Co-director & Co-designer.

Un Ballo in Maschera

Bregenzer Festspiele – Lakeside Stage
Filmed by ORF

La Boheme

Bregenzer Festspiele

Filmed by ORF (Austria) and NHK (Japan).

L’Enfant et les Sortileges

 

Der Zwerg

Garnier Theatre, Paris Opera

   
Work as Designer - Opera
2014
La Finta Giardiniera Glyndebourne Festival
Dir. Frederic Wake-Walker
Lighting Design : Lucy Carter
2013
L'Enfant et les Sortileges/Der Zwerg Opera National de Paris
Dir. Richard Jones
Billy Budd (revival) Goteborgs Operan
Dir. Richard Jones
2012
Julietta English National Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
Prima Donna (revival) New York City Opera
Dir. Tim Albery
Makropolous Case Frankfurt Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
Giulietta (revival) Grand Theatre de Geneve
Dir. Richard Jones
2011
Eugene Onegin (revival) LA Opera
Dir. Robert Carsen
Billy Budd (revival) De Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
The Cunning Little Vixen (revival) De Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Richard Jones

2010

Prima Donna (revival) Sadlers Wells & The Elgin Theatre, Toronto
Luminato Festival
Dir. Tim Albery
The Gambler Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Dir. Richard Jones
2009
Prima Donna World Premiere Manchester International Festival
Dir. Daniel Kramer
Costume Supervisor: Gabrielle Dalton

'In Antony McDonald's breathtaking design, Regine's apartment becomes a sensational, animatronic show-home with purple, leopard-print sofas and a team of factotums dressed up as if about to go out and do battle with Batman.' Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

'It looks fantastic, courtesy of some dazzlingly bold sets designed by Antony McDonald.' Kevin Bourke, City Life
'First a word about the set. The design, by Antony McDonald, is innovative in its versatility and lends real weight to the story. Flashbacks and dream sequences are dramatised in a colourfully camp way but they also provide gravitas and feeling. Apparently the sets took five days to prepare in the Palace: it was worth it.'
Laura Marsden, Manchester Confidential
2008
Eugene Onegin (revival) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
2007
Billy Budd Frankfurt Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
The Magic Flute Hyogo Centre for the Performing Arts, Japan
Dir. Emmanuelle Bastet
2000 - 2006
The Cunning Little Vixen Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
Eugene Onegin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & Helsinki Co-production
Dir. Stephen Pimlott

Giulietta (revival) Opera Bastille
Dir. Richard Jones
Manon Lescaut Vienna Staatsoper
Dir. Robert Carson
Pelleas et Melisande (revival) Munich Festival
Beatrice and Benedict (revival) Santa Fe Opera Festival
Orlando (revival) Ravenna Festival
Giulietta Paris Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
Midsummer Night's Dream (revival) Metropolitan Opera, New York
Orlando (revival) Flanders Opera
Beatrice and Benedict (revival) Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Tim Albery
Jenufa (revival) Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Richard Jones
Acis & Galatea/Dido & Aeneas Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
The Merry Widow Metropolitan Opera, New York
Dir. Tim Albery
Pelleas et Melisande English National Opera; Opera North (revival); Flanders Opera (2001)
Dir. Richard Jones
Jenufa (revival) Lyric Opera, Chicago
1990 - 1998
Beatrice and Benedict Santa Fe Opera
Dir. Tim Albery
Jenufa Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Ricahrd Jones
Cherubin (revival) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Dir. Tim Albery
A Midsummer Night's Dream Metropolitan Opera, New York
Dir. Tim Albery
Ariadne auf Naxos Munich
Dir. Tim Albery
Nabucco Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Pelleas et Melisande Minnesota
Orlando Montpelier & BAM, USA
Dir. Robert Carsen
Nabucco Welsh National Opera
Dir. Tim Albery. Filmed by BBC Television
Figaro (revival) Sydney Opera House
Orlando (revival) Flanders Opera
Cherubin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Dir. Tim Albery
Francesca di Rimini Bregener Festspiele (Indoor stage)
Dir. Robert Fortune
Orlando Champs Elysees, Paris & Caen
Orlando Festival D'Aix en Provence
Dir . Robert Carsen
The Marriage of Figaro Sydney Opera House
Dir. Tim Albery
Benvenuto Cellini Nederlandse Opera
Dir. Tim Albery ; Co-design with Tom Cairns
Billy Budd English National Opera
Dir. Tim Albery. Filmed by BBC Television; Co-design with Tom Cairns
Beatrice and Benedict English National Opera
Dir. Tim Albery; Co-design with Tom Cairns
Les Troyens Scottish Opera & Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
1983 - 1989
Les Troyens Opera Nice
Midsummer Marriage Scottish Opera. Co-design with Tom Cairns
Billy Budd English National Opera
Dir. Tim Albery; Co-design with Tom Cairns
Les Troyens Opera North & Welsh National Opera.
Dir. Tim Albery; Co-design with Tom Cairns
Orlando Scottish Opera
Midsummer Marriage

Opera North
Dir. Tim Albery; Co-design with Tom Cairns

 

Daughter of the Regiment Belfast Opera
Turn of The Screw Batigniano Festival, Italy
Work as Designer - Theatre
2003
Nathan the Wise by Lessing Chichester Festival Thaetre
Dir. Stephen Pimlott
Private Lives Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow
1990 - 1999
Our Late Night by Wallace Shawn
Semi-staged
Royal Court Theatre
Dir. Caryl Churchill
Wallenstein Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. Tim Albery
Black Snow

American Repertory Theatre, Boston
Dir. Richard Jones

 

Seagull American Repertory Theatre, Boston
Dir. Ron Daniels
Hamlet American Repertory Theatre, Boston
Dir. Ron Daniels
Richard II Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. Ron Daniels
Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill Central School of Speech & Drama; Tour Romania
Berenice National Theatre
Dir. Tim Albery
1981- 1989
As You Like It Old Vic Theatre
Dir. Tim Albery
Mary Stuart by Schiller

Greenwich Theatre
Dir, Tim Albery

Hamlet Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. Ron Daniels
Streetcar Named Desire Sheffield
Dir. Tim Albery
Les Liaisons Dangereuses The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Ben Barnes
Princess of Cleves ICA, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
Dir. Ron Daniels
Hedda Gabler Almeida Theatre
Dir. Tim Albery
Mrs Gauguin Almeida Theatre
Dir. Tim Albery
Tom and Viv Royal Court Theatre
Under Western Eyes RO Theatre, Rotterdam
Dir. Tim Albery
Secret Garden ICA and Mickery Amsterdam
Dir. Tim Albery
Insignificance Royal Court Theatre
Dir. Les Waters
War Crimes ICA
Work as Director/Designer - Dance
1993
Escape at Sea Second Stride
Chors Ian Spink & Ashley Page
Work as Designer - Dance
2014
New Full length Ballet Vienna State Ballet at the Volsoper
Chor. Ashley Page
2012
The Nutcracker Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
'The element of psychological strangeness in the piece is given fabulous visual expression in Antony McDonald's set and costume designs. Huge, monochrome cartoons (a hand holding a pocket watch; a terrifyingly massive mouse; Tchaikovsky himself) make, variously, disconcerting and humorous appearances.' Telegraph
2011
Alice in Wonderland Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
2010
Art of Touch (costumes) Rambert Dance Company
Chor. Siobhan Davies
2000-2009
Carmen Scottish Ballet
Pennies from Heaven Scottish Ballet
Carnival of The Animals Rambert
Sleeping Beauty Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Cinderella Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Tragedy of Fashion Rambert Dance
Chor. Ian Spink
Nutcracker Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Hidden Variables Scottish Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Manoeuvre English National Ballet
Chor. Patrick Lewis
Of Oil and Water Siobhan Davies
1991 - 1999
Hidden Variables by Colin Matthews Royal Ballet, Opening dance Programme New House, ROH
Chor Ashley Page
Fearful Symmetries (revival) Royal Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Ebony Concerto Royal Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Now Languorous, Now Wild Royal Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
Badenheim Second Stride
Chor. Ian Spink
Fearful Symmetries Royal Ballet
Chor. Ashley Page
1995 Olivier Award for Dance
The Glass Blew In Siobhan Davies Dance Co.
Wanting to Tell Stories Siobhan Davies Dance Co.
Why Things Happen Second Stride
White Bird Featherless Siobhan Davies Dance Co.
Filmed by BBC Television
Lives of the Great Poisoners Second Stride
1980 - 1989
Heaven Ablaze Second Stride
Filmed by BBC Television
Fugue Second Stride
Filmed by Channel 4
Weighing the Heart Second Stride
1988 Olivier Award for Dance
Mercure Rambert Dance
Bosendorfer Waltzes Second Stride
Further and Further into the Night Second Stride
Canso Trobar Carnival London Contemporary Dance
Chor. Christopher Bannerman
New Tactics Second Stride
Chor. Ian Spink, with Tim Albery
Dances from the Kingdom of Pagodas Royal Danish Ballet
Chor. Richard Alston
There is no Other Woman Second Stride
Some Fugues Ian Spink Group
Chor. Ian Spink
Something to Tell London Contemporary Dance
Chor. Siobhan Davies
Work as a Designer - Musical
2004
One Touch of Venus Opera North
Agent - Loesje Sanders
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