Award-winning British designer and director Tony Walton has died at the age of 87

Award-winning British director and production designer Tony Walton has died aged 87, it has been announced.

The Academy Award-winning director has a career in film, television and stage spanning five decades and is best known for his work on Broadway in the United States.

His film work has included Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express, all of which earned him Oscar nominations.

Walton won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz.

He has also been honored with 16 Tony Awards and won an Emmy for Outstanding Artistic Direction for a Miniseries or a Movie in 1985 for his work on Death of a Salesman.

Walton’s death was announced on his official website.

Among those paying tribute to Walton was Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, who wrote, “My friend Tony left us.

“He conducted me in EQUUS at @guild_hall a few years ago. I assume he’s having lunch with Nichols now. plotting

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“Rest in peace Tony.”

His stepdaughter Bridget LeRoy paid tribute to “the most fabulous stepfather and man alive”.

“I love you forever Tony Walton. Bon voyage,” she wrote online.

Born on October 24, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, England, Walton studied art and design at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

His Broadway designs have included Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, The Grand Hotel, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls, and Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes.

He was the production designer on Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol for 10 years and on Dame Julie Andrews’ 2003 revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend.

Walton and Dame Julie, who were children’s favorites, married in 1959 but remained friends after their 1968 divorce.


Walton and Julie Andrews, who were children’s favorites, married in 1959 but remained friends after their divorce in 1968 (PA Archive)

In 1991 he was elected to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Following news of his death, the Museum of Broadway paid tribute to the “brilliant” designer.

“We mourn the passing of famed designer Tony Walton,” the official account tweeted.

“Tony was a brilliant set and costume designer whose work spanned five decades on Broadway and won three Tony Awards. Rest in peace.”

As a producer, Walton presented six productions – plays and musicals – in London.

His designs for opera have been shown at London’s Theater Royal Covent Garden, Sadler’s Wells Opera Company and throughout Europe and America.

Walton is survived by his wife, author Genevieve LeRoy Walton, their two daughters Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy, and five grandchildren.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/award-winning-british-designer-and-director-tony-walton-dies-age-87-41410064.html Award-winning British designer and director Tony Walton has died at the age of 87

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