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Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Gary McCann

Gallery Images

  • Grimm tales costumes
  • Pitmen Painters
  • Norma Act 2


Originally from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Gary trained at Nottingham Trent University.

Recent design work includes: Fidelio (Garsington Opera), Motherland, (Live theatre and UK tour), Guys and Dolls, (Theater Bielefeld, Germany) In Zeichen Der Kunst (Volkstheater, Vienna), and The Pitmen Painters at the National Theatre, which is entering its third run in the Lyttelton Theatre in December 2009 after a nationwide tour.

Other design work includes There's Something About Simmy (Theatre Royal Stratford East, National tour), Me and Cilla, Top Girls (Live Theatre, Newcastle), Home by Now (Baltic Gallery, Gateshead), Iron, (Northern Stage), Thieves' Carnival, Broken Glass, Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre, Newbury) Hurricane (Arts Theatre London, 59th St Theatre New York), Protestants (Soho Theatre), The Half, The Early Bird (Ransom Productions, Irish tours) Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, The Man of Mode, Twelfth Night, Tearing the Loom, The Visit, Iphigeneia (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Song of the Western Men, Shang-a-lang, Chichester Festival Theatre), L’Elisir d’Amour, The Magic Flute, Pearlfishers, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, La Fille du Regiment (Swansea City Opera), and the new opera Promised Land for Canterbury Festival.

Gary is lecturer in Design with the Drama department at the University of Kent. Some of his stage designs were recently on display at the V&A museum as part of the Collaborators exhibition. In 2008 and 2009 he worked as interior designer on the new Kestrel Superyacht range.

Forthcoming productions in 2010 and 2011 include: La Voix Humaine and L’Heure Espagnole for the Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands, Norma for the National Opera of Moldova, and the Broadway transfer of Pitmen Painters, which will commence its run at the Friedman Theatre, New York in autumn 2010.