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Set design - Cinderella
  • Cinderella
    Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999
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Cinderella

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1953 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache and watercolour on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.2219:1 to 3-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set model piece for 'Finale' in pantomime <i>Cinderella,</i> London Palladium, 1953.

In 1947, Val Parnell took over the management of the London Palladium, one of the largest theatres in Britain. Under Parnell, the Palladium presented large-scale spectacular pantomimes until 1987 and became known as the Home of Pantomime due to its lavish productions featuring the biggest celebrity names of the time.

Cinderella, written by Michael Bishop, Erik Sykes, Spike Milligan and Phil Park, ran from 24th December 1953 to 6th March 1954 and starred actress Julie Andrews as Cinderella, singer and comedian Max Bygraves as Buttons and comic actor Richard ‘Mr Pastry’ Hearne as Baron Pastry. The show’s scenery, designed by Charles Reading, achieved great praise, with the Tatler and Bystander describing the three and a half hour show as having “taste, beauty and elegance, but little humour.”

The show was the West End’s only pantomime of the year and featured a comic scene where Hearne as Baron Pastry got trapped in an electric washing machine.

Physical description

Gouache and watercolour on card set model pieces for Finale in pantomime Cinderella, London Palladium, 1953.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1953 (designed)

Artist/maker

Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Gouache and watercolour on card

Descriptive line

Set model piece for 'Finale' in pantomime Cinderella, London Palladium, 1953

Materials

Card; Gouache; Watercolour

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Model making

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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