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Theatre Costume

1984
Artist/Maker

One of the costumes designed by Philip Prowse for Glenda Jackson in the title role of Jean Racine's play 'Phedra' performed at the Old Vic, London, 21st November 1984 by the Lupton Theatre Company. It was made by Susanna Wilson

Philip Prowse as director and designer put his stamp on this stylish, ‘thrilling’ staging. The stage was dominated by swaged curtains of tarnished gold, gilt throne, funeral urns and horses heads and the costumes, as John Barber said in his review in the Daily Telegraph, ‘approximate sumptuously to the period’ (that is the seventeenth century France of Racine). Milton Shulman however considered that the women’s voluminous robes ‘make them look as if they were trapped in ornate gas balloons’.

Glenda Jackson’s performance in this production was much admired Michael Billington described it as ‘the stuff of tragedy: the cry of a cornered soul’ and the Observer said ‘Glenda Jackson’s range of passions lurches from molton desire to icy humiliation, her voice a corncrake crackle or a purr’.

The English stage version of Racine's text was by Robert David MacDonald, and the production was directed and designed by Philip Prowse. The lighting was designed by Gerry Jenkinson, the producer was Colin Brough The production later transferred to the Aldwych Theatre, London.


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 11 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dress
  • Theatre Costume
  • Underskirt
  • Theatre Costume
  • Wig
  • Theatre Costume
  • Shoe
  • Theatre Costume
  • Shoe
  • Theatre Costume
  • Tiara
  • Theatre Costume
  • Necklaces
  • Theatre Costume
  • Bracelet
  • Theatre Costume
  • Bracelet
  • Theatre Costume
  • Bracelet
  • Theatre Costume
  • Bracelet
Brief Description
Costume for Phedra by Glenda Jackson in 'Phedra', Old Vic, London, 1984
Physical Description
Second costume for Phedra worn by Glenda Jackson.
Dimensions
  • Dress waist (measured inside garment) circumference: 64.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Dress bust (measured inside garment) circumference: 80cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Dress underbust (measured inside garment) circumference: 77.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Dress nape waist length: 39cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Dress nape hem length: 141cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Petticoat waist (measured inside garment) circumference: 65.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Petticoat waist hem length: 106cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Production typeUnique
Gallery Label
Gift of Colin Brough for The Lupton Theatre Company Colin Brough is the founder of the Lupton Theatre Company. Over the past few years their productions in London have included 'Fat Harold' by Alan Bleasdale, 'Breezeblock Park' by Willy Russell, 'The Dark Horse' by Rosemary Ann Sisson, 'Summit Conference' by Robert David MacDonald, 'When the Wind Blows' by Raymond Briggs, 'Big in Brazil' by Bamber Gascoigne and 'Lennon' by Bob Eaton. In 1984 Colin Brough commissioned a new translation of Racine's 'Phedra' from Robert david MacDonald, which he produced at the Old Vic in 1984 and subsequently at the Aldwych, only the second English production of the play to be seen in London. Glenda Jackson played Phedra, and Philip Prowse was director and designer, marrying French classical theatre dress of Racine's day with his own inimitable style. 1 Costume for Phedra worn by Glenda Jackson. S.930-1985 2 Costume for Panope worn by Freya Dominic. S.932-1985 3 Cloak for the dead Hippolyte. S.933-1985 Gift also includes the costume for Theseus worn by Gerard Murphy. S.930-1985 - S.933-1985 Sarah Woodcock & Philip Dyer(1987)
Object history
Necklace for Phedra worn by Glenda Jackson in Jean Racine's play 'Phedra' performed at the Old Vic, London, 21st November 1984 by the Lupton Theatre Company. The English stage version of Racine's text was by Robert David MacDonald, and the production was directed and designed by Philip Prowse. The lighting was designed by Gerry Jenkinson, and the producer was Colin Brough. The production later transferred to the Aldwych Theatre, London.
Production
Reason For Production: Commission
Subject depicted
Associations
Literary References
  • Phedra
  • Phèdre
Summary
One of the costumes designed by Philip Prowse for Glenda Jackson in the title role of Jean Racine's play 'Phedra' performed at the Old Vic, London, 21st November 1984 by the Lupton Theatre Company. It was made by Susanna Wilson



Philip Prowse as director and designer put his stamp on this stylish, ‘thrilling’ staging. The stage was dominated by swaged curtains of tarnished gold, gilt throne, funeral urns and horses heads and the costumes, as John Barber said in his review in the Daily Telegraph, ‘approximate sumptuously to the period’ (that is the seventeenth century France of Racine). Milton Shulman however considered that the women’s voluminous robes ‘make them look as if they were trapped in ornate gas balloons’.



Glenda Jackson’s performance in this production was much admired Michael Billington described it as ‘the stuff of tragedy: the cry of a cornered soul’ and the Observer said ‘Glenda Jackson’s range of passions lurches from molton desire to icy humiliation, her voice a corncrake crackle or a purr’.



The English stage version of Racine's text was by Robert David MacDonald, and the production was directed and designed by Philip Prowse. The lighting was designed by Gerry Jenkinson, the producer was Colin Brough The production later transferred to the Aldwych Theatre, London.
Collection
Accession Number
S.930 to J-1985

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