After leaving Central School of Art and Design, London, with a diploma in 1972, Sue spent two years at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Since then, she has designed productions for most of the leading theatre, opera and ballet companies in the UK, and many abroad.
She created the costumes for the original cult The Rocky Horror Show, stage and film. Other film credits include: Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract and Julien Temple’s Absolute Beginners.
Her production (set and costume) credits include: designs for The Barber of Seville (Scottish Opera); The Thieving Magpie, The Duenna (Opera North); Christmas Eve (ENO); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon; Stockholm and New National Theatre, Tokyo); Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse); The Relapse (Royal National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker (English National Ballet) and Sylvia (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Costume designs include: Guys and Dolls (Royal National Theatre); Porgy and Bess, Carmen (Glyndebourne); La fanciulla del West (La Scala, Milan); The Mikado, The Love for Three Oranges (ENO): The Canterville Ghost (ENB); Lohengrin (Bayreuth); Into the Woods (Old Vic); The Planets (Royal Ballet); Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Berlin) and Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires (Vienna, Berlin). She is one of few theatre designers to be a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and, in 2007, was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for Services to Drama.
Currently: costume designs for Kiss Me, Kate (Volksoper, Vienna); The Judas Kiss (Hampstead, Theatre Royal Bath and tour, and opens in the West End in January) and Aladdin, a three-act ballet with Birmingham Royal Ballet, to premiere in February 2013.