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  • Date:

    ca. 1984

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Set designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink on tracing paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Comparative groundplan for the London Coliseum; Metropolitan Opera House, New York; Houston Jones Hall; San Antonio Convention Centre; Dallas State Fair Music Hall. Scale 1:48.


ca. 1984


Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Set designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink on tracing paper


Height: 812 mm, Width: 1096 mm

Object history note

This groundplan by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The plan was probably executed for the 1984 American tour of a production of Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" by the English National Opera. The libretto by William Plomer is based on Lytton Strachey's book "Elizabeth and Essex". The original 1966 production was produced by Colin Graham, conducted by Mario Bernardi, choroegraphed by Peter Darrell, and lit by Charles Bristow. Sylvia Fisher sang the role of Queen Elizabeth I, John Wakefield was Essex, and John Cameron was Cecil. The production was revived at Sadler's Wells in September 1967, and March 1968. It was also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 1968.

In February 1969 the designs were revised by Alix Stone when Sadler's Wells Opera (later English National Opera) moved to the much larger stage of the London Coliseum. This revised production was revived at the Coliseum in August 1972, February 1975, and March 1984 (when it was recorded for Channel 4 TV and released on video). The production also toured to the Vienna Volksoper in June 1975; and to the USA where it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in the summer of 1984.

Descriptive line

Groundplan by Alix Stone for "Gloriana", English National Opera, ca. 1984.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Plans (drawings); Opera

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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