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Set design - A Village Romeo and Juliet
  • A Village Romeo and Juliet
    Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978
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A Village Romeo and Juliet

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1962 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
    Sadler's Wells Opera Company (producer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, sepia and charcoal drawing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.1524-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set design by Leslie Hurry for A Village Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1962.

A Village Romeo and Juliet an opera in six scenes was created with music by Frederick Delius, words by Jelka Delius from the story by Gottfried Keller. It was first performed in Berlin in 1907 and London in 1910. The production of A Village Romeo and Juliet for which Leslie Hurry created the designs was staged by Sadler’s Wells Opera for the Delius Centenary Festival at Bradford on 3 April 1962. It transferred to Sadler’s Wells Theatre where it was first performed on 10 April 1962. The text was translated by Tom Hammond, the producer was Basil Coleman, choreographer Phillipe Perrottet and conductor Meredith Davies. Leslie Hurry’s designs were lit by Charles Bristow.

Costumes were made by Joan Chase, Colette Arnell and John Evans of the Sadler’s Wells Workrooms and by W.G Rossdale and Morris Angel Ltd. Shoes by Anello & Davide and headdresses by Eric Gates.

Scenery for the production was built by E. Babbage & Co and painted by Diana Jarvis and Wendy Terrell at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and by Stage Décor Ltd

Leslie Hurry’s sets were praised by the critics for their imaginative and unworldly atmosphere and the Daily Mail 11 April 1962 said ‘Leslie Hurry’s designs combined delicacy, mystery, and subtle implications. The solved as successfully as possible on this small stage – one can overlook the detail that the death-barge did not course as fluently as Delius’s music – the composer’s considerable requirements.’

Physical description

Sepia pen, ink and charcoal set design for 1962 production of A Village Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells Theatre. Design of forest near large house on a hill.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1962 (made)

Artist/maker

Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
Sadler's Wells Opera Company (producer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen, sepia and charcoal drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

F V
Bottom right corner in purple ink.

A Village Romeo & Juliet
Reverse side

Dimensions

Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 25.5 cm

Descriptive line

Set design by Leslie Hurry for A Village Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, 1962

Materials

Sepia; Paper; Ink; Charcoal

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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