The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Chris de Wilde

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  • Candide: Easily Assimilated
  • Oh What A Night
  • Nine: The Overture


Chris is an experienced set and costume designer equally at home with large and small scale productions. His large scale theatre and opera commissions include Candide and Sweeney Todd (Värmlandsoperan, Karlstad, Sweden), Nine (Malmö Musikteater, Sweden), Il Trovatore (Tbilisi Opera & Ballet Theatre, Georgia and Dalhalla Festival, Sweden), Paradiso (Hoa Binh Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Cyberjam (Queen’s Theatre) & Nixon’s Nixon (Comedy Theatre) in the West End, Edmund The Learned Pig (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio & Queen Elizabeth Hall) and four shows on Colorline Cruise Ship Fantasy.

While he is very happy to create work on a larger scale, he also enjoys the challenge of distilling the essence of a piece when resources are limited, designing regularly for small scale and touring companies. Shows include Crossings (Julie McNamara Productions at the Cochrane Theatre, DaDa Festival Liverpool and tour), Tomorrow Morning (Landor), Call Me Madam (Union Theatre), Straker Sings Brel (King’s Head) and Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well... (Charing Cross Theatre).

Chris works regularly with Youth Music Theatre: UK, for whom he has designed eight shows. He is Associate Artist with Krazy Kat Theatre Company, collaborating on nineteen shows to date, including The Waving Cat Of Japan, A Victorian Mikado, Petrushka, A Tempest, Clownderella and The Very Magic Flute.