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Set design - Puss in Boots
  • Puss in Boots
    Reading, Charles, born 1911 - died 1999
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Puss in Boots

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1949 (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.90-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set model piece for 'The Story of the Three Wishes: The Thicket' scene in pantomime Puss in Boots, London Palladium, 1949.

Puss in Boots starred comedian Tommy Trinder as Miffins and American double act George and Bert Bernard as Dandelion and Buttercup. The show’s scenery was designed by Charles Reading, with costumes for the Cat Ballet designed by Erte.

The Times described the show as “very pretty” and “the most spectacular of the three big London pantomimes” that year.

The production also featured a speciality act called Al Gordon’s Dogs.

Physical description

Gouache and watercolour on card set model piece for Act 1 Scene 7(a) in pantomime Puss in Boots, London Palladium, 1949. The design for 'The Story of the Three Wishes: The Thicket' features a dense blue and green thicket.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1949 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gouache and watercolour on card

Dimensions

Height: 32.4 cm approximately, Width: 69 cm approximately

Descriptive line

Set model piece for 'The Story of the Three Wishes: The Thicket' scene in pantomime Puss in Boots, London Palladium, 1949

Materials

Gouache; Watercolour; Card

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Model-making

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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