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Peter Mumford

Lighting designer

Biography

English lighting designer, designer and director Peter Mumford made his Royal Ballet debut in 1990 as lighting designer for Ashley Page’s Bloodlines. Lighting design credits since include Fearful Symmetries, Two-Part Invention, Cheating, Lying Stealing, Sawdust and Tinsel, Hidden Variables, This House Will Burn, Mr Worldly Wise, A Stranger’s Taste, The Crucible, Carmen, Corybantic Games and Within The Golden Hour for The Royal Ballet, and The Bartered Bride and Eugene Onegin for The Royal Opera.

Mumford studied stage design at Central School of Art, where in his final year he was a founding member of the mixed media experimental theatre group Moving Being. He has worked with many dance companies including Second Stride, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert, the Siobhan Davies Company and Scottish Ballet. Lighting design credits elsewhere include The Mask of Orpheus and Madame Butterfly (ENO), La traviata (Glyndebourne), Werther and Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera), Belshazzar, Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro (The Grange Festival) and Beauty and Sadness (Chamber Opera, Hong Kong), and in theatre A Number (Bridge Theatre), Far Away (Donmar Warehouse), My Name Is Lucy Barton (New York), 8 Hotels (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Ferryman (London and Broadway) and King Kong (Global Creatures in Australia and on Broadway – Best Lighting Design, 2013 Helpmann Awards). He has directed concert productions of the Ring Cycle and The Flying Dutchman (Opera North), Otello (Bergen National Opera) and Fidelio (Orchestre de Chambre de Paris).

He co-founded Dancelines Productions, for which he produced and directed dance productions for both Channel 4 and BBC2. Further awards include Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (1995) and for Best Lighting Designer (2003). Double Tony Nominee 2019 – Best Lighting Design for The Ferryman and King Kong.

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