Leading ballet designer dies

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A leading figure in British theatre design from Littlehampton has died.

Peter Farmer was a painter who worked extensively in ballet, designing sets and costumes with The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as other major international ballet companies.

Born in 1941, Mr Farmer began his career with The Royal Ballet, designing the 1971 production of Giselle. Among his other credits was Homage to The Queen in 2006, a ballet to celebrate Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.

Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, said: ‘His artistry, theatricality and wonderful humour will be missed by us all.’

Mr Farmer died in Worthing Hospital.

The Royal Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty on January 3 was dedicated to Mr Farmer’s memory.

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