Carl Toms, British Scenic Designer, is Dead at 72

News   Carl Toms, British Scenic Designer, is Dead at 72 Tony and Olivier Award-winner Carl Toms, a designer for opera, theatre and film, died Aug. 4 in Hertfordshire, England, the New York Times reported.

Tony and Olivier Award-winner Carl Toms, a designer for opera, theatre and film, died Aug. 4 in Hertfordshire, England, the New York Times reported.

The cause of death of emphysema, according to the Guardian newspaper. He was 72.

Since the 1950s, Mr. Toms worked for many British theatre and opera companies, including the Old Vic, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the English National Opera, the Chichester Festival and the English Stage Company. He was a collaborator on Tom Stoppard’s works in London and New York. He designed Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Jumpers and Hapgood.

He won the Olivier Award for the production of The Provok'd Wife for the National Theatre.

Mr. Toms began designing for U.S. productions in 1970, the Times reported. He took home a Tony Award for the 1974 musical, Sherlock Holmes, an RSC production. His most recent designs for the stage were for London's Three Tall Women, A Delicate Balance and An Ideal Husband.

His other New York City credits include Sleuth, Vivat Vivat Regina and Habeas Corpus.

Mr. Toms was design consultant for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarvon, receiving an OBE in the Investiture Honours.

He redesigned and consulted decoration for interiors of several theatres in England.

-- By Kenneth Jones