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Set design - Prodigal Son
  • Prodigal Son
    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990
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Prodigal Son

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, pencil and ink on paper, mounted on art board

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.544-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design by Michael Annals for the Iron Cross symbol, used on desks in the continental tour of the ballet, Prodigal Son, choreographed by Barry Moreland,
London Festival Ballet, first staged at the London Coliseum, 1974.

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.

Physical description

Design for the Iron Cross symbol, used on desks in Prodigal Son. Black cross with white border, the arms broadening from the centre, within a circle, the background in pale grey. Annotated by the artist with the title, the ballet company, the scale and details, in ink. Identified as for the continental tour. On paper mounted on white art board.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1974 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, pencil and ink on paper, mounted on art board

Dimensions

Height: 32.2 cm mount, Width: 44.8 cm mount

Descriptive line

Design by Michael Annals for the Iron Cross symbol, used on desks in the continental tour of the ballet, Prodigal Son, choreographed by Barry Moreland, London Festival Ballet, first staged at the London Coliseum, 1974

Materials

Watercolour; Pencil; Ink; Paper; Art board

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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