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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 Page’s Fearful Symmetries, Two-Part Invention, Cheating, Lying Stealing, Sawdust and Tinsel, Hidden Variables and This House Will Burn, Twyla Tharp’s Mr Worldly Wise, Siobhan Davies’s A Stranger’s Taste, Will Tuckett’s The Crucible and Carlos Acosta’s Carmen for The Royal Ballet, and The Bartered Bride and Eugene Onegin for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to design the lighting for Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet for The Royal Ballet.

Mumford studied stage design at Central Saint Martins, 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: in opera, La Cenerentola and La traviata for Glyndebourne, Werther and Manon Lescaut for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Ein Reigen for the Vienna Volksoper; and in theatre Other Desert Cities and High Society for the Old Vic, King Lear for Chichester Festival Theatre, Ghosts for the Almeida and King Kong Live on Stage for Global Creatures, Australia (Best Lighting Design at the 2013 Helpmann Awards). He has directed concert productions of the Ring cycle and The Flying Dutchman for Opera North.

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).