German designer Miriam Buether made her Royal Opera debut creating set designs for Anna Nicole (2011), directed by Richard Jones. She has since created set designs for Suor Angelica and Boris Godunov, also directed by Jones.
Buether was born into a family of architects. She studied stage design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and costume design at the Akademie für Kostümdesign, Hamburg. She has designed prolifically for theatre in London and beyond, with notable designs including The Jungle and Bend it Like Beckham (West End), Sunny Afternoons and Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End), The Father (Theatre Royal Bath, Tricycle Theatre and West End), Love and Information, Sucker Punch, Cock, Escaped Alone and The Children (Royal Court), The Trial, The Government Inspector, Public Enemy, Generations, Wild Swans, The Government Inspector, In the Red and Brown Water and The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic), Boy, Machinal, Albion and Judgement Day (Almeida), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong Theatre, Chichester, West End and Sydney), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre and Headlong) and Three Tall Women and A Doll’s House 2 (Broadway).
Buether’s other opera designs include The Girl of the Golden West and Turandot for English National Opera, Carmen for Salzburg Festival and The Sacrifice (costumes) for Welsh National Opera. Buether has designed for ballet for Komische Oper Berlin, Introdans and Canadian National Ballet. Her awards include Evening Standard Awards for The Jungle (2018) and for Sucker Punch (2010), a 2018 Drama Desk Award for Three Tall Women, an Obie Award for The Jungle (2019) and the 1999 Linbury Prize for Stage Design.