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Christina Cunningham

Costume designer


British costume designer Christina Cunningham made her Royal Opera debut in the 2012/13 Season on The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Ramin Gray in the Linbury Studio Theatre. She has since returned to create costume designs for Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, directed by John Fulljames on the main stage.

Cunningham has worked extensively with Complicite, her credits with the company including The Master and Margarita, A Disappearing Number, Shun-kin, Measure for Measure, A Minute Too Late, Pet Shop Boys Meet Eisenstein, Strange Poetry, The Elephant Vanishes, The Noise of Time, Light and Mnemonic, staged at such venues as the Barbican, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Duchess Theatre, and for tours in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan. Further theatre credits include People, Places and Things and As You Like It for the National Theatre, The Nether for the Royal Court, Chimerica for the Almeida Theatre and the West End and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the National Actors’ Theatre, New York.

Cunningham’s opera work includes costume designs for Tristan und Isolde (English National Opera), Raskatov’s opera A Dog’s Heart (Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, La Scala, Milan, and Opéra de Lyon) and Nabucco (Nancy Opera). Dance credits include Sun for the Hofesh Shechter Company at Sadler’s Wells and Just for Show for DV8 at the National Theatre. She has worked as a costume supervisor for many UK theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe.