Alison Chitty trained at St Martin’s School of Art and Central School of Art and Design, and has designed many productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End. She was resident designer at the National Theatre in London for 8 years where she regularly collaborated with Sir Peter Hall, (“Antony and Cleopatra”), Peter Gill (“The voysey Inheritance”, which won her an Olivier Award), and Mike Leigh, (“Two Thousand Years” and “Grief”). She won an Olivier Award for “The Remembrance of Things Past”.
Alison Chitty has designed opera productions all over the world. Productions include “Khovanshchina” (English National Opera; Olivier Award), “Billy Budd” (Geneva, Paris and Royal Opera House; Olivier Award), “Rigoletto” (La Fenice) and “Nabucco” (La Scala, ROH and Barcelona). Her film work with Mike Leigh includes “Life is Sweet”, “Naked”, and “Secrets and Lies” (Palme d’Or).
She was awarded an OBE in 2004, received the Young Vic Award in 2008, was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2009. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of the Arts London.
Productions with Stephen Langridge include Harrison Birtwistle’s “The Minotaur” (ROH), “Parsifal” (ROH), and “Theodora” (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées). Collaborating again with Stephen Langridge, she is designing Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Göteborg Opera.