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Set design - Dick Whittington
  • Dick Whittington
    Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999
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Dick Whittington

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1952 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache and watercolour on paper and card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.2318:1 to 14-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set model piece for 'Highgate Hill' in pantomime Dick Whittington, London Palladium, 1952.

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.

1952's Dick Whittington starred comedian Frankie Howerd as Idle Jack and comic actor Richard ‘Mr Pastry’ Hearne as Mate. The show’s scenery, designed by Charles Reading, achieved great praise, with the Daily Telegraph describing it as “lavish spectacle” and Ivor Brown in the Daily Express commending the production’s “nice clean colouring, great dash and speed, and […] fine efficiency in its ‘effects’.”

The show also featured Jimmy Currie’s Water Scena and Knie’s Chimpanzees trained by Captain A Smith.

Physical description

Gouache and watercolour on paper and card set model piece for Act 1, Scene 5 in pantomime Dick Whittington, London Palladium, 1952.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1952 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gouache and watercolour on paper and card

Descriptive line

Set model piece for 'Highgate Hill' in pantomime Dick Whittington, London Palladium, 1952

Materials

Gouache; Gouache; Watercolour; Watercolour; Card; Paper

Techniques

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

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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