Brian Thomson

Set Designer

Background: Received an Order of Australia, AM in 2005 for services to the arts and recently received the 2012 Helpmann Award for La Traviata, the first opera on Sydney Harbour. Other awards include a Tony for The King And I on Broadway, some Green Room and AFI Awards.

Other Companies: designed Eat Pray Laugh, Barry Humphries’ farewell tour, Keating! and Shane Warne The Musical. Has worked extensively for all the major theatre companies in Australia and internationally on musicals, films and opera productions. Operas include La Traviata, La bohème, Bliss, Billy Budd, Voss, Death in Venice, The Eighth Wonder, Madeline Lee and Sweeney Todd. He was production designer of the cult film classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremonies. Brian also designed the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Australia, on Broadway and London’s West End. Most recently he designed Bouquet, a huge vase of Gladioli’s to commemorate the re-opening of Hamer Hall.