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Set model

Set model

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    Theatre & Performance, Room 104, case 15, shelf BOTTOM


Height: 36.7 cm maximum, Width: 82 cm maximum, Depth: 77 cm maximum

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Set model by Pamela Howard for Act I in William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, Festival Theatre, Chichester.

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The action of Shakespeare’s play moves between
Venice and Belmont – home of the heroine, Portia. For
this production, the designer Pamela Howard chose to
represent Venice as an ancient wall inscribed with the
rules of the ghetto. The central section of the wall
swung open to create the illusion of narrow streets
and enclosed spaces. The area at the top, behind the
arches, was Shylock’s house. When the action switched
to Belmont, gauze curtains masked the wall.

Play by William Shakespeare, 1596–8
Chichester Festival Theatre

Wood, paint, fabric, modelling clay, wire and printed card
Designed by Pamela Howard (born 1939)
Given by Pamela Howard
Museum no. S.1127-1986
[July 2012]


Theatre and Performance Collection

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