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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.2106-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set design by Voytek showing a series of sketches of effects from '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

Set design by Voytek showing a series of sketches of effects from 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'. The design shows a series of three sketches. On the left hand side a male figure is positioned at the base of a series of vertical lines, its arms are upstretched, and a large arrow to the left of the lines suggests downward movement. At the right hand side of the sketch are a series of shaded square blocks, lines and swirls suggest motion and steam eminating from the blocks. Another figure is positioned to the left of the top block, which appears to be moving towards him.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, designed)

Date

ca. 1987 (designed)

Artist/maker

Voytek (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 41.5 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Set design by Voytek showing a series of sketches of effects from '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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