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Set design - Mother Goose
  • Mother Goose
    Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999
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Mother Goose

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1954 (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.31-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set model piece for 'Fantasy of Birds' in pantomime Mother Goose, London Palladium, 1954.

Mother Goose was written by Phil Park and Eric Sykes and starred Peter Sellers as The Squire, Richard ‘Mr Pastry’ Hearne as Mother Goose and Max Bygraves as Mother Goose’s Sweetshop Assistant Sammy. The production was designed by Charles Reading with Erté’s dream sequence receiving great praise from the Sunday Telegraph’s critic, who wrote “rarely does one find in a pantomime a transformation scene as delicate and gracious as the grey silk lighted dream pagodas which conclude the first act.”

Erté’s design for the transformation sequence brought Sammy’s sweetshop dream to life as the stage filled with silver d’oyleys, crystallised fruits, liquorice allsorts and chocolate creams, concluding with a visit to The Land of Whipped Cream.

Physical description

Gouache and watercolour on card set model piece for Act 2, Scene 8 in pantomime Mother Goose, London Palladium, 1954.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1954 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gouache and watercolour on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Space ship / Mother Goose'
On reverse side in blue ink

Descriptive line

Set model piece for 'Fantasy of Birds' in pantomime Mother Goose, London Palladium, 1954

Materials

Gouache; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Model-making

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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