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Set Design - The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

  • Object:

    Set Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1978 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Voytek, born 1925 - died 2014 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Scenic Design by Voytek for a heraldic rose in The Dark Horse by Rosemary Anne Sisson, directed by Val May and produced by Colin Brough for the Lupton Theatre Company. The production opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on 11 July 1978 and transferred to the Comedy Theatre, London on 3 August 1978.

Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.

Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.

His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.

The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.

Physical description

This design is for a heraldic rose and was possibly used as a template during the design and build phase of production.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1978 (designed)


Voytek, born 1925 - died 2014 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on tracing paper


Height: 14.5 cm, Width: 14 cm

Descriptive line

Scenic Design by Voytek for a heraldic rose in The Dark Horse, Lupton Theatre Company, 1978


Pencil; Tracing paper




Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre


Theatre and Performance Collection

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