Three-time Tony Award-winning set and costume designer Desmond Heeley passed away at age 85 on Friday, June 10 in New York City.
He won two Tony Awards in 1968 for the set and costume design of Rosenkrantz And Gildenstern Are Dead, and a third Tony in 2011 for the costume design of The Importance Of Being Ernest (revival), for which he also won a Drama Desk Award. His other Broadway credits include: Cyrano, and revivals of Camelot and The Circle.
Heeley also enjoyed an extensive career at the Stratford Festival in Canada. As noted on their website: “Desmond played a formative role with the festival second only to that of our founding designer, his friend and mentor Tanya Moiseiwitsch,” says festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino.“Throughout a stellar international career that ranged from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to La Scala in Milan, from The Old Vic to Broadway, he treated the Stratford Festival above all as his true artistic home.”