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TWELFTH NIGHT's Jenny Tiramani Wins Tony for Best Costume Design of a Play

Jenny Tiramani has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for TWELFTH NIGHT.

This is Jenny Tiramani's first Tony nomination and her Broadway debut. Her past work includes the production design for The Big Life on the West End and the production design for Two Gentlemen of Verona Off-Broadway.

She was Associate Designer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East 1979-1997 and Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London 1997-2005, receiving the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Costume Design 2003, for the Globe production of Twelfth Night, followed by another Olivier nomination for the same show in 2013. Recent opera work includes costume designs for La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart (Aix-en-Provence 2011) and Anna Bolena by Donizetti (Metropolitan Opera, New York, September 2011). Jenny returned to the Globe in 2012 to design these new productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III which transferred to the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Future designs for theatre include costumes for André Chenier by Umberto Giordano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare and Mendelssohn for the Hong Kong Philharmonic, both in 2014.

In 2008, she completed Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4: The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, headwear, neckwear and accessories for men & women c1540-1660 with Santina M. Levey (pub. MacMillan). She has since co-written Seventeenth Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book One (pub. April 2011) and Seventeenth Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book Two (pub. July 2012) published by the V&A with Melanie Braun, Luca Costigliolo, Armelle Lucas, Susan North and Claire Thornton. Jenny is currently preparing Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 5: The cut and construction of clothing for women c. 1600 - 1830 with Luca Costigliolo. Jenny was Visiting Professor of Costume at the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University from 2009-2011. She has taught on many UK and USA costume courses as a visiting tutor and has been the Director of the Rutgers University/Shakespeare's Globe Study Abroad Design Course in London since 2001. She is now the Principal of The School of Historical Dress, established in 2009 to teach an object-based approach to the subject.


Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia (Mark Rylance), an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia's steward, the pompous Malvolio (Stephen Fry). When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola (Samuel Barnett), who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows.

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