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

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, ink and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.527-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Michael Annals for Wives and Sweethearts E-H in the ballet, Prodigal Son, choreographed by Barry Moreland, London Festival Ballet, 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

Costume design for Wives and Sweethearts E-H in Prodigal Son. Four full length female figures, labelled as EI, FI, GI and HI, all in similar pose, all wearing hats and ankle-length coats of different style, two in shades of blue and two in shades of red. Annotated by the artist with costume details, in pencil.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1974 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, ink and pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 38.6 cm, Width: 58.4 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Michael Annals for Wives and Sweethearts E-H in the ballet, Prodigal Son, choreographed by Barry Moreland, London Festival Ballet, London Coliseum, 1974

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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