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Preliminary set design - Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré

  • Object:

    Preliminary set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1978 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Voytek, born 1925 - died 2014 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    S.1570-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Preliminary set design for the rooming house by Voytek for Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carré directed by Keith Hack, Nottingham Playhouse, 1978. This production opened at the Nottingham Playhouse on 10 May 1978 and then at Piccadilly Theatre on 9 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

Ink and pencil preliminary set design by Voytek for the rooming house in Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carré, directed by Keith Hack, Nottingham Playhouse, 1978. The design depicts part of the rooming house, roughly drawn in black ink and circled and crossed through in pencil. Alongside are notes in black ink. On the reverse are several small sketches in pencil and blue ink.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1978 (designed)

Artist/maker

Voytek, born 1925 - died 2014 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

1
D[?] [?] in
[Benches.]
on side.
[?] [?]
[c?] in
bed
[black?]
[s?] ?
[?]
[s?] [?]
. [?] [plaster?] .
On front in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 29.3 cm, Width: 41.5 cm

Descriptive line

Preliminary set design by Voytek for the rooming house in Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carré directed by Keith Hack, Nottingham Playhouse, 1978

Materials

Paper; Ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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