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Poster - Les Miserables

Les Miserables

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1997 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dewynters Ltd (designers)
    Dewynters Ltd (printers (people))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Vinyl

  • Museum number:

    S.878-1997

  • Gallery location:

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

Poster advertising the 13th year of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London, the musical by Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, which opened at the Palace in December 1985. Issued as a bus-side advertisement in 1997.

The image of the waif-like Cosette is based on an etching by Gustave Brion which was used as an illustration in Hugo's novel. The image, chosen and adapted by Russ Eglin of the advertising and design agency Dewynters, has become the production's logo.

Physical description

Pictorial poster with a head-and-shoulders image of a young girl, adapted from an etching and printed with colour to suggest handcolouring of the girl's fair hair and blue dress. The image is set against a red background, with the words '13TH YEAR' printed in black above.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)

Date

1997 (printed)

Artist/maker

Dewynters Ltd (designers)
Dewynters Ltd (printers (people))

Materials and Techniques

Vinyl

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 50.6 cm

Object history note

Associated Production: Les Miserables. Composer: Claude-Michel Schönberg . Composer: Alain Boublil. 4.2.1985. Performance category: musical. UK Premier (13th year).

Descriptive line

Poster advertising the 13th year of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London, the musical by Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, which opened at the Palace in December 1985. Issued as a bus-side advertisement in 1997.

Labels and date

The enduring image of Cosette, based on an etching by Gustave Brion, has become the international symbol for this long running musical. Brion’s illustration appeared in the first edition of Victor Hugo’s novel and was adapted for the stage production by Russ Eglin. This poster was designed for use on the side of a London bus, for maximum marketing exposure.

[16/08/2016]

Materials

Vinyl

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Posters; Advertising

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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