The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design

Charlie Cridlan

  • Production: Uncle Vanya
  • Venue: Wilton's Music Hall, London
  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Chekhov
  • Directed by: Hugh Fraser
  • Lighting Design by: Nick Holderidge
  • Costume Design by: CHARLIE CRIDLAN
  • Set designed by: CHARLIE CRIDLAN
  • Photography by: Rod Morris
  • Design © CHARLIE CRIDLAN
The faded grandeur of Wilton's Music Hall provided the perfect setting for the production inspired by the film "Vanya on 42nd Street". I carefully chose junk furniture, objects and drapes that would suggest simultaneously a disused theatre and an antiquated Russian villa in no particular time or space, but with a timeless quality. We allowed the text to draw the audience into the play, the rickety staircases and barley-twist balconies of Wilton's added bundles of atmosphere.