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Heartbreak House

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990 (theatre designers)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.576-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Michael Annals for Anna Massey as Ariadne Utterwood (travelling) in George Bernard Shaw's play, Heartbreak House, National Theatre Company, Old Vic, 1975.

Michael Annals (1938-1990) trained at Hornsey College of Art and began his career designing sets and costumes for the Old Vic. In 1963 the newly formed National Theatre Company moved into the Old Vic and Annals joined them, having his first major success with his designs for Peter Shaffer's historical epic, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964). He went on to have an international career, designing for the theatre and for ballet, opera and film, but is most closely associated with the National Theatre, where he created notable settings for a range of productions, including O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night starring Laurence Olivier, Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page and Shaw's Heartbreak House. Annals frequently worked in the United States and was Associate Professor of Scenic Design at Yale in 1966-1967. In 1984 he gave up the stage and took up photography and illustration.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990 (theatre designers)

Descriptive line

Costume design by Michael Annals for Anna Massey as Ariadne Utterwood (travelling) in George Bernard Shaw's play, Heartbreak House, National Theatre Company, Old Vic, 1975

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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