After leaving Central School of Art and Design, London with a diploma in 1972, Sue Blane 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 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); Fanciulla del West (La Scala, Milan); The Mikado, Love for 3 Oranges (ENO); Canterville Ghost (ENB); Lohengrin (Bayreuth); Into the Woods (Old Vic); The Planets (Royal Ballet); Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (Berlin); and Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires (Vienna, Paris, Berlin); Kiss Me Kate (Volksoper, Vienna); The Judas Kiss (Hampstead, Theatre Royal Bath and West End); Aladdin, (a three act ballet at Birmingham Royal Ballet ); The King and I (Chatelet, Paris and Chicago Lyric Opera); and currently a trilogy of new productions for Welsh National Opera: The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and Figaro Gets A Divorce.
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.