GARY McCANN

Scenic and costume designer

Originally from Northern Ireland, Gary McCann is now based in both Brighton, UK and Berlin. As one of the UK’s most in-demand stage and costume designers, his work takes him all over the globe, working for some of the world’s most innovative and prestigious companies.
Whilst most of his design work centres around stage and costume design for musicals and operas, he also works in the field of interior design, fashion design, and regularly collaborates with the National Trust in Great Britain, creating theatrical art installations in historic houses.
Recent design credits include: Der Freischütz, Macbeth (Vienna State Opera); Die Fledermaus (Norwegian National Opera); Anna Bolena (Royal Opera de Wallonie, Opera de Lausanne, Royal Opera Muscat, Bilbao Opera); Carmen (Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera); La Traviata (Philadelphia Opera, Bucharest National Opera); Madam Butterfly, The Bartered Bride, The Barber of Seville, La Voix Humaine, L’Heure Espagnole, Ariadne Auf Naxos (Nederlandse Reisopera); Faramondo (Brisbane Baroque); The Girl In The Yellow Dress (Market Theatre Johannesburg, Baxter Theatre Capetown, Stadtheater Stockholm); Les Illuminations (Aldeburgh Music); The Flying Dutchman (Ekaterinburg State Opera, Russia); 33 Variations (Volkstheater Vienna); Fidelio (Garsington Opera); Three Days in May, Dangerous Corner, The Shawshank Redemption, La Cage Aux Folles, The Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, Cilla the Musical (Bill Kenwright, UK tours); Killology (Royal Court Theatre); The Pitmen Painters (National Theatre UK, Friedman Theatre Broadway, Volkstheater Vienna, Bill Kenwright UK tour
and Duchess Theatre West End); The Golden Cockerel (Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera) and La Clemenza di Tito (Opera de Lausanne).
He is currently preparing designs for 10 new opera productions, for companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadephia, Rossini Festival Pesaro, Opera de Lausanne, The Royal Opera Wallonie, and the Royal Opera Muscat.
Gary’s productions are regularly nominated for awards – including Olivier Award (winner) Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Killology, Royal Court Theatre) Evening Standard Awards (Winner) Best New Play, Pitmen Painters, National Theatre Helpmann Awards Australia (winner) Best Opera (nomination) Best Costume Design, Faramondo, Brisbane Baroque.
His work has been exhibited three times at the V&A museum in London, most recently as part of the Make: Believe exhibition.