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Door from the Q Theatre, Kew Bridge

Doors
ca.1924 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Q Theatre, a small independent theatre run by Jack de Leon and his wife, Beatrice, opened in December 1924. The theatre staged short runs of new work, many of which transferred to the West End, and launched many successful careers, including those of Vivien Leigh, Dirk Bogarde and Joan Collins. It ceased to operate as a professional theatre in 1956, closed in 1958 and was later demolished. These doors were a pair of interior double doors from the Q. Each features a glass panel decorated with an image of a melodrama character: one is a moustachiod villain in top hat and tailcoat, and the other a heroine in bonnet and crinoline.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 8 parts.

  • Doors
  • Doors
  • Handles
  • Handles
  • Hinges (Hardware)
  • Hinges (Hardware)
  • Hinges (Hardware)
  • Hinges (Hardware)
Materials and Techniques
Wood, glass and metal
Brief Description
Pair of double doors from the Q Theatre, Kew Bridge, London. One with glass panel decorated with an image of a melodrama villain in top hat and tailcoat, one with glass panel decorated with an image of a melodrama heroine in bonnet and crinoline, ca.1924.
Physical Description
S.31-1987: Wooden door from the Q Theatre, Kew Bridge, London, one of a pair of double doors, with inset glass panel decorated with a stylised image of a mustachioed melodrama villain in top hat and tailcoat. In his left hand he holds a walking cane. His right hand is raised to admonish the heroine, who appears in the panel of the other door. Behind him is a castle with three towers. The door has a metal handle on the right hand side and a metal protective plate at the base.



S.31A-1987: Wooden door from the Q Theatre, Kew Bridge, London, one of a pair of double doors, with inset glass panel decorated with a stylised image of a distressed maiden in bonnet and crinoline. She raises her right hand to ward off the villain, who appears in the panel of the other door. The door has a metal handle on the left hand side and a metal protective plate at the base.

Dimensions
  • Height: 213cm
  • Width: 72kg
  • Depth: 13.5cm
  • Weight: 13.5kg
Summary
The Q Theatre, a small independent theatre run by Jack de Leon and his wife, Beatrice, opened in December 1924. The theatre staged short runs of new work, many of which transferred to the West End, and launched many successful careers, including those of Vivien Leigh, Dirk Bogarde and Joan Collins. It ceased to operate as a professional theatre in 1956, closed in 1958 and was later demolished. These doors were a pair of interior double doors from the Q. Each features a glass panel decorated with an image of a melodrama character: one is a moustachiod villain in top hat and tailcoat, and the other a heroine in bonnet and crinoline.
Collection
Accession Number
S.31-1987

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record createdJanuary 15, 2016
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