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Poster - Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Cambridge (made)

  • Date:

    1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Stephen (designers)
    Graphic Art Cambridge Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.27-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case WE, shelf EXP

Poster advertising Ben Jonson's play <i>Bartholomew Fair</i>, Marlowe Dramatic Society at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1977.

Griff Rhys Jones’s production for Cambridge’s Marlowe Dramatic Society boasted a 40-strong cast and exuberantly evoked the bawdy, bustling world of Jonson’s 1614 city comedy. The RSPCA was misled into believing that live pigs would appear on stage and intervened, giving the show useful publicity – the authorities had been provoked in a case of life mirroring art.

Physical description

Photographic, pictorial and typographic poster, with a photographic image of a torso of a naked woman with a pig's head superimposed, holding a bottle. An eye mask and a long-stemmed pipe have been added to the head. The image is set on a black background with the production details above in white.

Place of Origin

Cambridge (made)

Date

1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Games, Stephen (designers)
Graphic Art Cambridge Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 72.9 cm, Width: 48.6 cm

Object history note

Associated Production: Bartholomew Fair. Playwright: Ben Jonson. Company: The Cambridge University Marlowe Society. Cambridge Arts Theatre. 8.3.1977. Performance category: comedy.

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Ben Jonson's play Bartholomew Fair, Marlowe Dramatic Society at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1977

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

Haill, Catherine. Theatre Posters. London : HMSO., 1983. 48p., ill.

Labels and date

Griff Rhys Jones’s production of Bartholomew Fair for the Marlowe Dramatic Society boasted a 40-strong cast. It evoked the bawdy, bustling world of Ben Jonson’s 17th century comedy, set in Smithfield, London. The RSPCA was misinformed that live pigs would appear on stage and intervened, giving the show useful publicity – but the authorities had been provoked in a case of life mirroring art. [16/08/2016]

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Posters; Advertising

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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