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Alexander is a designer, artist and visual dramaturg. Alex trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2018 with First Class Honours. Alex has worked for distinguished theatres/companies in the UK, such as the Royal Court Theatre, Royal Opera House, The Old Vic Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and English National Ballet. He has worked internationally for companies such as the Canadian Opera Company, Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Bregenz Lake Festival in Austria. Productions he has been involved with 'Katya Kabanova' and more recently 'Alcina' (both at Royal Opera House) have won Olivier Awards for best new opera productions. He has worked for a range of established theatre designers and directors including Richard Jones, Antony McDonald, Stewart Laing, Sarah Beaton, John McFarlane, Michael Levine, Merle Hensel, Ben Stones, Jon Morrell and more.
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‘Everything has that sinister, scary-doll look, and it’s very effective. John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice books were also surely a source, particularly for Alex Gunnarsson’s costume designs and Campbell Young Associates’ hair, wigs and make-up.’ Craig Glenday, Musical Theatre Review
‘Designer Alexander Gunnarsson provides some unobtrusive background projections, and just a few crates as props. The costumes, which include school uniforms and embroidered peasant blouses, economically suggest historical period and social rank’- Julia Rank, The Stage
‘Alexander Gunnarsson’s videos tell the story Hollywood-style using a montage of newspaper headlines and animated maps.’ - Louise Levene, The Financial Times.
‘A subtle use of video projections (by Alexander Gunnarsson) set the historical context, especially in the opening sequence of evocative newspaper front pages’ - Graham Watts, DanceTabs.
Purgatory in Ingolstadt (Rcssd, Costume Designer), Pygmalion (Old Vic Theatre, Scenic Graphic artist), All of It (Royal Court Theatre, scenic graphic designer), Into the Woods (Theatre Royal Bath, Associate Costume Designer), Alcina (Royal Opera House, Assistant costume designer), Fossils Lies and Poison (Tête a Tête, Designer), Raymonda (English National Ballet, Video designer), Madame Butterfly (Bregenz Lake Festival, Assistant costume designer), Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company, Video designer), Alice's Adventures Under Ground (Royal Opera House, London, associate video designer & assistant designer).
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