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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:

    Gouache, watercolour and glitter on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.178-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set design for The Wonderland of the World: Mysterious East' 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

Gouache, watercolour and glitter on card set design for The Wonderland of the World: Mysterious East' in pantomime The Sleeping Beauty, London Palladium, 1958. The deisgn features three blue and pink towers with gold-coloured domes. The background is painted in purple and also features pink drapes along the border.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1958 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gouache, watercolour and glitter on card

Marks and inscriptions

Wonderland

Mysterious East
Noil Tabs
On front side in yellow ink

Dimensions

Height: 48 cm, Width: 75.5 cm

Descriptive line

Set design for The Wonderland of the World: Mysterious East' in pantomime The Sleeping Beauty, London Palladium, 1958

Materials

Gouache; Card; Watercolour; Glitter

Techniques

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

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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