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Set design - 'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities
  • 'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities
    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990
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'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.368-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design by Michael Annals for forestage flats and header for Charles Wood's play, 'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities, National Theatre Company, Old Vic, 1969.

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 forestage flats and header in 'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities. Two watercolour drawings mounted on white art board. At top, the right hand side of an arch, decorated a pattern of flowers, leaves and branches and set in a plain brown spandel, the edges of the arch and spandrel coated to create a three-dimensional effect. Below, three elements of archways, painted in brown and beige, the decorative elements with a similar coating. Annotated by the artist with the play title, the theatre company, description and the scale ½"- 1'0", in ink.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1969 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

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

Dimensions

Height: 50.7 cm, Width: 37.7 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Michael Annals for forestage flats and header for Charles Wood's play, 'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities, National Theatre Company, Old Vic, 1969

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Composition (material); Paper; Art board

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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