Anthony John Walton
24 October 1934
Slade School of Fine Art
|Occupation||Art director, set designer, costume designer|
(m. 1959; div. 1968)
|Children||Emma Walton Hamilton|
Anthony John Walton (born 24 October 1934) is an English set and costume designer. For his work in the theatre he has won three Tony Awards for Pippin (1973), House of Blue Leaves (1986), and Guys and Dolls (1992). For his work in movies he has won one Oscar for All That Jazz (1979). For his work in television he has won one Emmy for Death of a Salesman the acclaimed 1985 TV version.
In addition he received three Academy Award nominations for his work in Mary Poppins (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and The Wiz (1978).
Walton was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, on 24 October 1934. His father was a surgeon.
Walton attended Radley College in Oxford where he studied Greek and Latin before attending the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He spent two years of mandatory military training with the Royal Air Force, as a trainee pilot in Ontario, Canada.
He began his career in 1957 with the stage design for Noël Coward's Broadway production of Conversation Piece. Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, he designed for the New York and London stage.
In 2019, on The Graham Norton Show, Julie Andrews mentioned how Walton, her first husband, entered the motion pictures business through Walt Disney, after Disney met her back stage after a performance of Camelot. Disney offered to look at his portfolio and later ended up hiring Walton as a costume designer, set designer, and visual consultant for Mary Poppins, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Production Design.
In 1979, Walton won his first and only Academy Award for his work as a Production Designer on Bob Fosse's acclaimed musical film All That Jazz.
In 1983, Diana Ross, the star of the film The Wiz, chose Walton to design the stage set for her landmark 1983 Central Park concert, "For One & For All". Broadcast worldwide on the Showtime cable network, the concert special, over the course of two days, featured an on-site audience of over 1,200,000 on the park's Great Lawn.
In 1989, the American Museum of the Moving Image showcased over 30 years of his work for films, television and theater in an exhibit entitled: Tony Walton: Designing for Stage and Screen, including drawings, models and photographs from his early plays including the Regency-style Conversation Piece from 1957 and "his evocation of a London street" for the 1964 film Mary Poppins.
In December 2005, for their annual birthday celebration to 'The Master', The Noël Coward Society invited Walton as the guest celebrity to lay flowers in front of Coward's statue at New York's Gershwin Theatre, thereby commemorating the 106th birthday of Sir Noël.
Walton gave the Sherman Brothers the insight and inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree songs as is explained in the Sherman Brothers' joint autobiography, Walt's Time:
Walt (Disney) said 'Read the Pooh stories and let me know what you think.' We tried, but the stories just weren't coming through to us. At that time designer Tony Walton was working on Poppins. He was English-born, and he was about our age, so we asked him to give us some insight on the Pooh character. His eyes lit up. 'Winnie the Pooh?', he said. 'I love Winnie the Pooh! Of course I'll help you!' Three hours later, he was still talking about Pooh, inspiring us no end. He explained how he had been a chubby little boy, and had felt very insecure. But Winnie the Pooh was his buddy, because Pooh was pudgy and proud of it. Pooh was probably the only character in the world who exercised to gain weight! Pooh was a wonderful, lovable friend who would never let you down or turn his back on you. Soon, we started to fall in love with Pooh ourselves. Our songs for Winnie the Pooh were truly a love affair, thanks to A.A. Milne and to Tony Walton.
Walton married his childhood sweetheart Julie Andrews in 1959, and the two had a daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Walton has said that he fell in love with Andrews when they were in their early teens and he saw her playing the egg in a theatre production of Humpty Dumpty. They divorced in 1968 but still remain close friends.
Walton married Gen LeRoy in 1991. Walton, Andrews and their daughter have worked several times together professionally. He has illustrated several children's books written by Andrews and their daughter.
|1961||Once There Was a Russian|
|1962||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum|
|1967||The Apple Tree||Nominated, Tony Award for Best Costume Design|
|1972||Pippin||Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1973||Shelter||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1980||A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine|
|1984||The Real Thing|
|1985||I'm Not Rappaport|
|1986||House of Blue Leaves||Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1986||The Front Page|
|1986||Social Security||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1990||Six Degrees of Separation|
|1991||The Will Rogers Follies|
|1992||Death and the Maiden|
|1992||Conversations with My Father|
|1992||Four Baboons Adoring the Sun|
|1992||Guys and Dolls||Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1992||Tommy Tune Tonight|
|1993||She Loves Me|
|1993||A Grand Night for Singing|
|1993||Laughter on the 23rd Floor|
|1994||A Christmas Carol|
|1995||Busker Alley||as Designer (Walton directed this show as well in 2006)|
|1996||A Fair Country|
|1996||A Fair Country|
|1996||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum|
|1997||Steel Pier||Nominated, Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|1998||The Cripple of Inishmaan|
|1999||Annie Get Your Gun|
|2000||On Raftery's Hill|
|2000||Uncle Vanya||Nominated, Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design|
|2000||The Man Who Came to Dinner|
|2000||Taller Than a Dwarf|
|2003||Nobody Don't Like Yogi|
|2003||The Boy Friend|
|2005||The Boy Friend||National Tour|
|2007||The Sleeping Beauty||ABT, Metropolitan Opera|
|2007||A Tale of Two Cities||Sets directly transferred for Broadway premiere 2008|
More recently, Walton has diversified into directing, with productions of:
|1964||Best Costume Design||Mary Poppins||Nominated|
|1974||Best Costume Design||Murder on the Orient Express||Nominated|
|1978||Best Costume Design||The Wiz||Nominated|
|1978||Best Art Direction||The Wiz||Nominated|
|1979||Best Art Direction||All That Jazz||Won|
|1985||Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie||Death of a Salesman||Won|
|1967||Best Costume Design||The Apple Tree||Nominated|
|1973||Best Scenic Design||Pippin||Won|
|1976||Best Scenic Design||Chicago||Nominated|
|1980||Best Scenic Design||A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine||Nominated|
|1984||Best Scenic Design||The Real Thing||Nominated|
|1986||Best Scenic Design||The House of Blue Leaves||Won|
|1987||Best Scenic Design||The Front Page||Nominated|
|1988||Best Scenic Design||Anything Goes||Nominated|
|1988||Best Costume Design||Anything Goes||Nominated|
|1989||Best Scenic Design||Lend Me a Tenor||Nominated|
|1990||Best Scenic Design||Grand Hotel||Nominated|
|1991||Best Scenic Design||The Will Rogers Follies||Nominated|
|1992||Best Scenic Design||Guys and Dolls||Won|
|1994||Best Scenic Design||She Loves Me||Nominated|
|1997||Best Scenic Design||Steel Pier||Nominated|
|2000||Best Scenic Design||Uncle Vanya||Nominated|