William’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 Persuasion. In April 2015 he won the Molière Award for Visual Creation for The Dance of the Vampires in Paris. 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.
Recent designs include: Comus (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse); Ross, The Rehearsal and For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre); Gaslight (Royal and Derngate); The Importance of Being Earnest (West End and UK tours), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe); and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Stratford East). Dudley 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 (Théâtre du Châtelet)
Opera credits include: Productions for Bayreuth, Salzburg, the Metropolitan Opera Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne.