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Set design - The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1958 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.125-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Preliminary sketch design of signs to be used in 'The vicinity of a dense forest' in pantomime The Sleeping Beauty, London Palladium, 1958.

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.

The Sleeping Beauty starred Charlie Drake as The King, Bruce Forsyth as Presto the Jester and Edmund Hockeridge as Prince Michael. The show’s scenary was designed by Edward Delany and Tod Kingman and was described as “bold and brazen” by the Sunday Times, featuring settings diverse as an Alpine Village, A Medieval Castle, Paris, The Golden West and the Mystic East.

To encorporate Canadian singer Hockeridge into the show, writers Phil Park and David Croft created a backstory for their Prince, who had been raised on the American prairie as a cowboy.

This was the only Palladium pantomime to not feature a Dame.

Physical description

Pencil on paper preliminary sketch design of signs to be used in 'The vicinity of a dense forrest' in pantomime The Sleeping Beauty, London Palladium, 1958. The design features 3 different signs. The top sign reads 'Prohibited Aread'. The sign on the left reads, 'Enchanted Forest: KEEP OUT'. The sign on the right reads, 'DANGER: Supernatural fall out'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1958 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Machine
11 x 7 '
On reverse side in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 25.1 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Preliminary sketch design of signs to be used in 'The vicinity of a dense forest' in pantomime The Sleeping Beauty, London Palladium, 1958

Materials

Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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