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Drawing - Hamlet

Hamlet

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1987 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Voytek (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    S.2094-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design for Niall O'Brien as the Soldier, created by Voytek for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 1987. This production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard was directed by Brian de Salvo and performed by the Abbey Theatre Company at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 1987.

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

Costume design for Niall O'Brien as the Soldier, created by Voytek for <i>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead</i> as performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 1987. Soft pencil sketch showing a full length male figure. The figure is dressed in a long sleeved, ankle length tunic, over which he wears a breastplate. Chain mail covers his head and neck and he is holding a halberd in his right hand.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, designed)

Date

ca. 1987 (designed)

Artist/maker

Voytek (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

"Soldier/Niall O'Brien"
Handwritten annotation, bottom right hand side.

Dimensions

Height: 41.7 cm, Width: 29.4 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design for Niall O'Brien as the Soldier, created by Voytek for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in April 1987

Materials

Paper; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing; Sketching

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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