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Theatre design

  • Place of origin:

    united kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (theatre designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Card with ink, paper foil, tissue paper, net fabric, thread, and wire additions.

  • Museum number:

    S.78-2002

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Model piece depicting a large hanging cartouche decorated with a crown and Tudor rose.

Place of Origin

united kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1966 (made)

Artist/maker

Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (theatre designers)

Materials and Techniques

Card with ink, paper foil, tissue paper, net fabric, thread, and wire additions.

Marks and inscriptions

' OVERTURE '
Textual information; On reverse.; handwriting; pencil; Stone, Alix

Dimensions

Width: 170 mm At widest point, Height: 132 mm At highest point

Object history note

This Model piece by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The model piece was executed for a production of Benjamin Britten's opera "Gloriana" by the Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, October 21st 1966. The libretto by William Plomer is based on Lytton Strachey's book "Elizabeth & Essex". The opera was produced by Colin Graham, conducted by Mario Bernardi, choreographed 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

Model piece by Alix Stone for "Gloriana", English National Opera, ca. 1966.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Foil; Card; Thread; Wire; Ink; Tissue paper; Net (textile)

Techniques

Made

Subjects depicted

Opera; Theatre, Set design

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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