Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley (born 1952) is a theatre designer (scenic and costume), and theatre director.

Bob Crowley
Born1952 (age 6667)
OccupationTheatre designer, director
RelativesJohn Crowley (brother)
AwardsTony Award for Best Scenic Design
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical


Born in Cork, Ireland, Bob Crowley is the brother of director John Crowley. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has designed over 20 productions for the National Theatre[1] including Ghetto, The Madness of George III, Carousel and The History Boys. He has also designed numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Plantagenets, for which he won an Olivier award, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which later had a successful run in London, followed by a transfer to Broadway. Opera productions include the critically acclaimed production of The Magic Flute directed by Nicholas Hytner for the English National Opera and La Traviata for the Royal Opera House.

Crowley is a frequent collaborator with Nicholas Hytner, and as well as on Broadway has worked extensively at the Royal National Theatre in London and with England's Royal Shakespeare Company.

Bob Crowley has received multiple Tony Award nominations, and has won seven times, for designing the Broadway productions of Carousel (1994), Aida (2000), The History Boys (2006), Mary Poppins (2007), The Coast of Utopia (2007), Once (2012) and An American in Paris (2015). He received three other Tony Award nominations in 2015, two for his costumes on The Audience and An American in Paris and one for his scenic designs for Skylight.[2] He is a recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design and a three-time recipient of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design.

Crowley designed set and costume for Mary Poppins, which played in both the West End and on Broadway. He designed and directed the Phil Collins musical Tarzan. He is the set and costume designer for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, and the costume designer of the 2012 European version of The Little Mermaid. In 2015 he has designed for three Broadway shows, The Audience, An American in Paris, and Skylight.[3]

Tony Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result
1987 Best Scenic Design Les Liaisons Dangereuses Nominated
Best Costume Design Nominated
1994 Best Scenic Design Carousel Won
1998 Best Scenic Design The Capeman Nominated
1999 Best Scenic Design The Iceman Cometh Nominated
Best Scenic Design Twelfth Night Nominated
2000 Best Scenic Design Aida Won
Best Costume Design Nominated
2001 Best Scenic Design The Invention of Love Nominated
2006 Best Scenic Design of a Play The History Boys Won
2007 Best Scenic Design of a Play The Coast of Utopia Won
Best Scenic Design of a Musical Mary Poppins Won
Best Costume Design of a Musical Nominated
2012 Best Scenic Design of a Musical Once Won
2014 Best Scenic Design of a Play The Glass Menagerie Nominated
2015 Best Scenic Design of a Play Skylight Nominated
Best Costume Design of a Play The Audience Nominated
Best Scenic Design of a Musical An American in Paris Won
Best Costume Design of a Musical Nominated


  1. "Bob Crowley". Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 Oct 2012.
  2. Gans, Andrew. "69th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced!", April 28, 2015
  3. "Bob Crowley Credits on Broadway", accessed May 2, 2015
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