Stratford Festival Original Costume

Cyrano-4th Escort (Stratford Festival) 1962

Actor Dan Baron

Desmond Heeley 1931-2016

Three-time Tony Award Winner

Original Mixed Media

Conservation Framed Acid Free

Framed Size 16 x 18 in.


Desmond Heeley began his career in the theater as an apprentice in the workshops of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His practical aptitude for costumes, properties, and painting was noticed by Peter Brook, who commissioned Heeley to design the costumes for a production of The Lark by Anouilh, in London. Later, as Peter Brook’s assistant at Stratford-upon-Avon, Heeley designed the costumes and properties for the now legendary production of Titus Andronicus with Sir Laurence Olivier.

Mr. Heeley has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career. In 1994, he became the first person to receive the Theater Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. The Allan Jones Memorial Award followed in 1995, and in March, 1997, he was the recipient of the prestigious Institute for Theater Technology Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the performing arts.

In 1997, Mr. Heeley celebrated fifty years of working in the theater. From June 3- November 9, 1997, the Stratford Festival in Ontario mounted a massive retrospective exhibition featuring sets, designs, costumes, and properties that chronicled Mr. Heeley’s half century of achievement. Recent projects Mr. Heeley has designed at the Stratford Festival include Camelot in 1997, Amadeus, and Measure for Measure.