This week we visit with another designer from across the pond, it’s Tony nominated Scenic and Costume Designer, David Farley! David was in town finally bringing ‘Daddy Long Legs’ to New York after playing around the globe for 6 years. He tells us about the evolution of the design and the process of modifying the set to fit different theatres. David and Cory dig into the artistic, practical and economical differences of being a designer in the US vs the UK and they chat about David’s award winning work on ‘Sunday in the Park…’, why designing Josh Groban’s tour was more difficult than you would think, designing in the Festival Theatre at Stratford and the qualities he loves in his frequent collaborators John Caird, Trevor Nunn, and John Doyle. But David isn’t all work…he also shares insight into being a designer on the road with an infant back home and why he’s passionate about his garden. It’s a great show, but mainly because of how adorably he pronounces ‘aluminum.’ Grab a seat in the stalls, raise the gauze and enjoy this week’s panto!
David Farley was nominated for the Tony Award for Costume Design, and he and Timothy Bird were nominated for Best Scenic Design for the revival of Sunday in the Park With George. They also won the Outer Critics Circle Award and David was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design. He and Timothy Bird won the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Best Design Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award, for it’s productions at the Wyndhams Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory. He designed scenery for La Cage Aux Folles which played at the Chocolate Factory, transferring to the West End and Broadway, sets and costumes for Trevor Nunn’s A Little Night Music and 13 on Broadway.
Other recent work includes Daddy Long Legs (St. James Theatre-London, Off-Bway, Japanese tour, many US regional theatres), Rocky Horror Picture Show (European Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Chocolate Factory & West End), The White Whale, directed by Alan Lane for Slung Low, Leeds, Little Miss Scrooge, written and directed by John and Sam Caird, Snapshots (Goodspeed), Turn of the Screw (New York City Opera at BAM), La Boheme (Houston Grand Opera and The Canadian Opera Company), Terrible Advice (Chocolate Factory), Dialogues Des Carmelites (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Kiss Me, Kate (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Take Flight, The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory), tick, tick, Booom! (Chocolate Factory & Rubicon and Coronet Theatres), Corpse! (Salisbury Playhouse), The Lemon Princess (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and A Little Fir Tree and Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible.)
David has a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art and left in 1999 with a 1st class in Technical Arts Design. He also has a BTEC Foundation Studies in Art and Design from the Oxfordshire School of Art and Design.