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Set design - Humpty Dumpty
  • Humpty Dumpty
    Kingman, Tod, born 1910 - died 1987
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Humpty Dumpty

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Fox

  • Museum number:

    S.1090-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set dressing design for an unidentified scene in pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959.

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.

Humpty Dumpty starred Harry Secombe as Humpty Dumpty and Roy Castle as Simple Simon. The show's scenery was designed by Tod Kingman and Edward Delany and was said to be so spectacular that, according to the Times, there were "times when the stage [could] almost be heard to creak under the loads of scenery."

The Observer commended the production's "imaginatively designed costumes and sets" and many newspapers, including the Guardian, descriped the finale to Act One:

"The scenery is lavish without being too artistic, and the pagent of the four seasons ends in a wonderous snowfall, with the entry aloft of Father Christmas's sleigh (real) which suddenly - when your heart is already in your mouth - bursts into twinkling lights, and tough men find they are gulping." --Guardian

Physical description

Set dressing design for an unidentified scene in pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959. This design depicts two throne chairs and a trumpet with banner. The throne chair on the left depicts the object from a front view with a carved high back and carved underlegs. The throne chair in the middle is the profile detail of the chair on the left. On the far right is a profile view of a trumpet with a banner that is trimmed in fringe with tassels at the bottom corners. The reverse has a pencil sketch depicting the throne chairs side-by-side.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1959 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Ink and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Blue velvet as set / Fringe / 2 Thrones / 7 Turned Trumpets / Double Sided / Banners Embroidered / to Match Heralds / Tabards.'
Written in ink on the front

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

Descriptive line

Set dressing design for an unidentified scene in pantomime Humpty Dumpty, London Palladium, 1959

Materials

Paper; Ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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