Peter Farmer brought the theatre to life

MBLH Peter Farmer Credit: Royal Opera House
MBLH Peter Farmer Credit: Royal Opera House

A distinguished theatre designer who hailed from Luton has died. He worked for some of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies.

Peter Farmer, a painter known for his beautiful set designs died earlier this month aged 80, after working for companies including The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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He began his career with The Royal Ballet, designing the 1971 production of Giselle, before working on ballet sets including The Sleeping Beauty - Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet production at The Royal Opera House.

Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, told The Royal Opera House News: “It is with great sadness that we heard of Peter Farmer’s passing.

“Peter had a close relationship with the Royal Ballet companies over many years and distinguished many productions with his brilliant designs. His artistry, theatricality and wonderful humour will be missed by us all.”