Sue Willmington: My Life as a Costume Designer Saturday 15:30 - 16:30
Sue Willmington lives locally, but has worked just about everywhere else you can think of, designing costumes for some of the most prestigious opera companies in the world.
Opera lovers are almost certain to know her work, even though they may not know her name. Amongst her many credits as a costume designer are Norma at English National Opera, Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh festival and the Edinburgh Festival, Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Simon Boccanegra at Welsh National Opera and the National Theatre in Prague, Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theatre, and La Rondine at La Fenice, Venice.
Born in Scarborough, Sue studied Fine Art at Maidstone College of Art and Theatre Design at the Motley Theatre Design School and has not looked back since. As well as designing costumes for opera, Sue has worked in musical theatre (Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Super Star & Showboat) and plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre. This year she was commissioned to design the costumes for Romeo & Juliet and Richard III at the pop up Rose theatre in York. During the festival, Sue is exhibiting at Bethel on the High Street, but will be talking at Smugglers about her varied and fascinating life with some of the world’s best known opera companies and the directors that have helped to make them famous.
Venue: Smugglers 21