Ellen Cairns

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Designer

Ellen Cairns trained at Glasgow School of Art and The Slade in London. She has been a freelance designer since 1989, designing over 300 productions in various countries. She has designed the set for the following productions: Russell’s “Blood Brothers” in Israel; Bizet’s “Carmen”, Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof” in Sweden; Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” in Italy, Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Othello”, Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” in Great Britain. Designs in England include Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”,  Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer”,  Coward’s “Private Lives” and the award-winning “A Raisin in the Sun” by Hansberry at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Her design for the production of “King Lear” is a part of the main exhibition at the London Theatre Museum. She has worked with Georg Malvius directing for over 20 years in Estonia. She has designed the set for the following productions by Georg Malvius: Kushner’s “Angels in America” (1996), Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby” (1997), Ashman’s/Menken’s “Little Shop of Horrors” (2000, all at the Estonian Drama Theatre), Boublil’s/Schönberg’s “Les Misérables” (2001) and “Miss Saigon” (2002, both at Tallinna Linnahall), Kander’s “Cabaret” (2003, Russian Culture Center), Sherman’s “Bent” (2003, Old Town Studio) and “Oliver!” (2003, Tallinn Linnahall). In Vanemuine Theatre she was the designer for Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” (2004), Ulvaeus’/Andersson’s “Chess” (2006), Ábrahám’s “Ball im Savoy” (2007), Webber’s “Evita” (2009), Disney’s/Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” (2011), Jacobs’/Casey’s “Grease” (2013) and the plays: Gordon’s “Rainman” (2010) and Harwood’s “Taking Sides” (2011).

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