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Costume design - The Seagull
  • The Seagull
    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990
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The Seagull

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, ink, pencil and crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.421-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Michael Annals for Constantin in Act III of Anton Chekhov's play, The Seagull, Habima Theatre, Tel Aviv, 1970.

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 Constantin Treplev in Act III of The Seagull. Full length male figure with bandaged head, wearing a blue/grey jacket over a white shirt and dark grey tie, and dark grey trousers. With pencil annotations by the artist, giving details of fabrics.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, ink, pencil and crayon on paper

Dimensions

Height: 56 cm, Width: 38.3 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Michael Annals for Constantin in Act III of Anton Chekhov's play, The Seagull, Habima Theatre, Tel Aviv, 1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Arnold Wengrow, Observe and show: the theatre art of Michael Annals (London: V&A Publications, 2003)

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Crayon; Paper

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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