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Set design - Humpty Dumpty
  • Humpty Dumpty
    Kingman, Tod, born 1910 - died 1987
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Humpty Dumpty

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kingman, Tod, born 1910 - died 1987 (designers)
    Delany, Edward (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache and watercolour and pencil on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.2537-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set model piece for the pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959.

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.

Humpty Dumpty starred Harry Secombe as Humpty Dumpty and Roy Castle as Simple Simon. The show’s scenery was designed by Tod Kingman and Edward Delany and was said to be so spectacular that, according to the Times, there were “times when the stage [could] almost be heard to creak under the loads of scenery.”
The Observer commended the production’s “imaginatively designed costumes and sets” and many newspapers, including the Guardian, described the finale to act one:
“The scenery is lavish without being too artistic, and the pageant of the four seasons ends in a wondrous snowfall, with the entry aloft of Father Christmas’s sleigh (real) which suddenly – when your heart is already in your mouth – bursts into twinkling lights, and tough men find they are gulping.” Guardian.

Physical description

Set model piece for the pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959. The set model piece is painted in tones of brown and black. It features a detail from a section of wall.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1959 (designed)

Artist/maker

Kingman, Tod, born 1910 - died 1987 (designers)
Delany, Edward (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Gouache and watercolour and pencil on card

Dimensions

Height: 16.1 cm Widest part, Width: 8.5 cm Widest part

Descriptive line

Set model piece or property for the pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959

Materials

Pencil; Gouache; Card

Techniques

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

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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