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Set design

Set design

  • Date:

    1977

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (theatre designers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Ray Ingram

  • Museum number:

    S.60-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although theatre designs are often considered works of art and are sought after by museums and private collectors, their artistic worth or decorative qualities are secondary to whether they 'work' on stage. The success of a set design cannot be judged until it is translated into three dimensions by the set painters or builders. The success of a set design cannot be judged until it is translated into three dimensions by the set painters or builders.
It is often difficult from a set drawing to see how the design will be realised. The designer usually conveys an impression which is then translated into detailed scale drawings and set models. Some designers build their own set models, others are realised by specialist model makers or set builders.
In this design for the final scene of Romeo and Juliet, the designer uses the sombre colours to marry into the melancholy tragic atmosphere. The sketch of the double colonnade with staircases gives a variety of levels, which is necessary to create interesting crowd scenes. The townscape indicates the greater picture - the play is not just a personal tragedy but a tragedy of civic breakdown.

Physical description

At the top, in brown washes and gouache, a vault with several tombs with, at the back, an elaborate colonnaded screen, the central division set with a statue at upper level. Below is a pen and ink sketch of a double collonnade with starcases to either side behind which to the right are crowded hauses and rooftops in Italian style.

Date

1977

Artist/maker

Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (theatre designers)

Marks and inscriptions

Centre tomb 1/2 rests on Balcony - under part set (on truck)
Above upper drawing

The Square / "Try-outs" for R&J at Young Vic
Related to lower sketch

Object history note

Set design by Alix Stone possibly for a production of William Shakespeare 's play "Romeo and Juliet", Young Vic, London, February 23rd 1977. The production was directed by Denise Coffey; lit by Mike Alvey and Jenny Cane; and the fight scenes were arranged by Derek Ware. The production starred Simon Chandler and Natasha Pyne as Romeo and Juliet.

Descriptive line

Set design by Alix Stone possibly for a production of "Romeo and Juliet", Young Vic, London, 1977.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Pen and ink; Watercolour; Gouache

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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