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Property design - Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

  • Object:

    Property design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1957 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Delany, Edward (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed copy of a series of original pencil line drawn designs on tracing paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.151-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Print showing a series of designs for properties created for Robinson Crusoe, London Palladium, 1957.

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.

Robinson Crusoe was the West End’s only pantomime in 1957 and ran until 5th April 1958 starring comics Arthur Askey as Big Hearted Martha and Tommy Cooper as Abu.

The show’s scenary, designed by Edward Delany, achieved great praise, with the Daily Telegraph describing it as “lavish and glittering” and the Observer commenting that “magnificent and ever-changing splendours hold the eye.”
The production cost £40,000 to stage and is reported by the [Manchester] Guardian as having drawn “noises of pleasure” from the audience as scenes such as the Port of Panama, Davy Jones’ Locker, The Belly of a Whale and the Island of Juan Fernandez were revealed.

Physical description

Print of a sheet of designs for a series of wooden properties created for Robinson Crusoe, London Palladium, 1957. It shows a series of designs for the properties used in the 'Shipwreck Scene', they include chairs and tables in various sizes and styles, together with guns, chests and a 'rusty anchor.' The designs are labelled in pencil, with measurements and details of materials. Additional annotation has been added in red ink.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1957 (designed)

Artist/maker

Delany, Edward (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed copy of a series of original pencil line drawn designs on tracing paper.

Marks and inscriptions

'LONDON PALADIUM/ROBINSON CRUSOE "WOODEN PROPS", NOT TO SCALE'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, bottom left hand corner.

'SHIPWRECK SC.'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, top left hand corner.

'23'
Handwritten annotation in the bottom right hand corner.

Dimensions

Height: 51.2 cm, Width: 72.2 cm approximate

Descriptive line

Print showing a series of designs for properties created for Robinson Crusoe, London Palladium, 1957

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Ink

Techniques

Writing; Drawing; Printing

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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