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Poster - Gate Theatre Club poster

Gate Theatre Club poster

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (designed)
    1982 (illustrated)
    1982 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burns, S. (designer)
    Steadman, Ralph (illustrator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lou Stein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This poster advertises a production at the Gate Theatre Club in Battersea of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, adapted by Lou Stein from the 1971 novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The theatre club was started in 1979 by the American director and writer Lou Stein in a room above the Prince Albert Pub in Notting Hill Gate. Dedicated to producing the best works of foreign writers, by 1981 the Gate established itself as one of London's best fringe venues, along with the King's Head and the Bush. In 1982, for the original production of this play, the club expanded to include a brand-new custom-built studio theatre in Battersea, above the Latchmere Pub.

The play starred Jeffery Chiswick as Dr Gonzo and Stewart Fox as Raoul Duke, two hallucinating opportunists who dupe the rich in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, travelling across the desert in a Cadillac called the White Whale. The Ralph Steadman illustration on the poster captures the manic tone of the production, described by one critic as 'a reckless suicidal farce'. The play transferred to the Fortune Theatre on 6 May 1982.

Physical description

Pictorial poster printed in orange, blue, pink and black on white paper featuring a reproduction of a Ralph Steadman drawing of a manic-looking driver with a cowering passenger, driving at high speed through a desert with cactus trees. With the title in orange lettering at the top, and the name of the theatre, 'the new Gate at the Latchmere', in blue ink along the top section of the poster, with the names of the designer Wallace Heim and the director Lou Stein in white lettering at the bottom of the image.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1982 (designed)
1982 (illustrated)
1982 (printed)


Burns, S. (designer)
Steadman, Ralph (illustrator)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions


Height: 58.1 cm, Width: 41.2 cm

Object history note

Poster advertising the production by the Gate Theatre Club at the Latchmere, Battersea of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 28 January 1982, directed by Lou Stein and adapted by him from the original early 1970s book by Hunter S. Thompson.

The production transfered to the Fortune Theatre in the West End in May 1982..

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, directed and adapted by Lou Stein, Gate Theatre Club, Battersea, 28 January 1982.


Printing ink; Paper


Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising


Theatre and Performance Collection

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