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Set design - Morris Kestelman design for Carmen
  • Morris Kestelman design for Carmen
    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988
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Morris Kestelman design for Carmen

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1940 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This set design is by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) for Bizet's opera Carmen. Kestelman was commissioned by Tyrone Guthrie in 1939 to design both sets and costumes for the production at Sadler's Wells Theatre which Guthrie ran.

Carmen opened in February 1940, one of several operas that were performed in repertory at Sadler's Wells during 1939 and 1940. It was a struggle to continue productions during wartime; staff all accepted salary cuts as high as 50%, and to celebrate the achievement of mounting opera there during wartime, a 'jubilee performance' celebrating the 50th performance of opera since the war began took place at Sadler's Wells on 31st January 1940.

Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) is best known as a painter, but made a significant contribution as a stage designer during the 1940s when he also designed Tabbaro and Gianni Schicchi for Sadler's Wells, and Richard III, The Alchemist and Doctor Faustus for the Old Vic.

Physical description

Watercolour on card ground plan designed by Morris Kestelman for Carmen, Sadler's Wells Opera Company, 1940. The design shows people watching others on stage in front of archways.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1940 (designed)


Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

On front side in pencil


Height: 32 cm, Width: 44 cm

Descriptive line

Ground plan for Carmen by Georges Bizet, Sadler's Wells Opera Company, 1940. Designed by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998)


Watercolour; Card


Painting (image-making)


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Opera; Theatre


Theatre and Performance Collection

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