Richard Hudson was born in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) in 1954.
Hudson trained at the Wimbledon School of Art and has designed for Theatre and Opera worldwide. In 1988 Hudson won the Laurence Olivier Award for the season at the Old Vic Theatre in London. In 1998 Hudson won a Tony for his stage design for The Lion King and in 2000 he received the Critics Design Award. Other awards include the 2001 the Ovation Award and the Hollywood NAACP Award for Best Set Design (Also for The Lion King) At the 2003 Prague Quadrennial Hudson won the Gold Medal for his design of Tamerlano.
Hudson is most famous for his bold use of colour and iconography, originally seen in his Opera work (The Rake’s Progress Lyric Opera Chicago 1992) and later made famous to a wider audience in his design for Disney’s The Lion King.
Richard Hudson is the British Scenography Commissioner to the Organization Internationale des Scenografes, Techniciens et Architects de Theatre.