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His work with the Royal Opera House includes set and costume design for Cathy Marston’s Ghosts; William Tuckett’s Pleasure’s Progress and The Thief of Baghdad; and, most recently, Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel. Cathy Marston's new work Witch Hunt opens on 22 May. We spoke to John to find out what influences his designs.
‘I’ve worked a lot with Cathy Marston. Together we made a couple of pieces, including Ghosts, based on Ibsen’s play,’ he says, ‘It’s interesting how I have learned my craft of costume particularly from dance; working out how clothes move and how fabric works on a person rather than it just becoming an aesthetic. My interest in dance has informed how I use space.’
Charlotte Broom as Mrs Alving, Omar Gordon as Pastor Manders, Clemmie Sveaas as Young Mrs. Alving in Ghosts. ©Dee Conway/ROH 2006
John’s most recent designs for Hansel and Gretel were inspired by the style and atmosphere of a 1950s horror movie. Find out more about his work on the production.
Cathy Marston’s Witch Hunt opens on Wednesday 22 May and will run until Saturday 25 May. Tickets are still available.
Liam Scarlett’s Hansel and Gretel returns in the 2013/14 Season.