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Dick Whittington

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1993 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Set designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and gouache on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hugh Durrant

  • Museum number:

    S.777-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Set design for the "London" frontcloth. The design depicts a panorama of London seen from a hill on the south side of the River Thames during "medieval" times. The view includes the towers of Southwark Cathedral, old London Bridge, the old city of London, and the old St. Paul's Cathedral. Above the scene fly two angels holding trumpets and framing a large banner with "LONDON" written on it. Unsigned by the artist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, designed)

Date

ca. 1993 (Drawn)

Artist/maker

Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Set designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and gouache on card

Marks and inscriptions

' SCALE ? '
Textual information; On reverse lower right hand side.; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh

Dimensions

Height: 286 mm, Width: 593 mm

Object history note

This set design by Hugh Durrant is part of a group of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 1994. The undated design was probably executed for a production of the pantomime "Dick Whittington" performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 22nd December 1993. The show was directed by Carole Todd, and the lighting was designed by Andrew Gardner. The cast included Lesley Joseph as Fairy Bow Bells, John Nettles as King Rat, Rosemarie Ford as Dick, Jeffrey Holland as Ada the Cook, and Wayne Sleep as Tommy the Cat.

The production was filmed for inclusion in the National Video Archive of Stage Performance at the Theatre Museum in February 1994 (Catalogue numbers 94/04/V/9001 and 94/04/V/9002 ). These designs were partly acquired as a compliment to the film with the aim of recording the creative progress from the designer's drawings to their realisation on stage.

Historical significance: An excellent example of late 20th century set design for pantomime, which is currently poorly represented in the Theatre Museum Collection.

Descriptive line

Set design by Hugh Durrant probably for the "London" frontcloth in "Dick Whittington", Birmingham Hippodrome, 1993.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Pencil; Card; Gouache

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Subjects depicted

Theatre, Set design; Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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