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Design - Richard II

Richard II

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
    Old Vic Theatre (producer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.2032-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Leslie Hurry for a herald in William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955.

Leslie Hurry designed sets, costumes and props for this production, which opened on 18 January 1955. It starred John Neville in the title role. Richard II was revived at the Old Vic on 3 July 1956 with a number of cast changes and then toured under the auspices of Sol Hurok to the U.S.A where it was seen in New York in October 1956. Michael Northern served as Technical Assistant to Leslie Hurry. Photographs by Houston Rogers in the V & A's Theatre and Performance collections show the production on stage. Cartoons in the Tatler (2 February 1955) show Bolingbroke, the Duke of York and John of Gaunt.

The costumes were made in the Old Vic Wardrobe under the direction of Dinah Greet, the men's costumes being made by Sue Jackson and Joanna Banks. The Daily Telegraph described the costumes as "gorgeous".

Physical description

Pen and watercolour costume design on paper by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955. The design shows a blue costume for a herald.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1955 (made)

Artist/maker

Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
Old Vic Theatre (producer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Richard II Old Vic
Herald, & Richard.
Count scenes
to be worn over other costume - ?
On front side in black ink

N P 9
11 x 15.5
On reverse side in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 39.4 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Leslie Hurry for a herald in William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955

Materials

Ink; Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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