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Doctor Faustus

Costume Design
1961 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design by Michael Annals for Michael Goodliffe as Mephistophilis in Christopher Marlowe's play, Doctor Faustus, Old Vic Company, Edinburgh Festival and Old Vic, 1961.

Michael Annals (1938-1990) trained at Hornsey College of Art and began his career designing sets and costumes for the Old Vic. In 1963 the newly formed National Theatre Company moved into the Old Vic and Annals joined them, having his first major success with his designs for Peter Shaffer's historical epic, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964). He went on to have an international career, designing for the theatre and for ballet, opera and film, but is most closely associated with the National Theatre, where he created notable settings for a range of productions, including O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night starring Laurence Olivier, Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page and Shaw's Heartbreak House. Annals frequently worked in the United States and was Associate Professor of Scenic Design at Yale in 1966-1967. In 1984 he gave up the stage and took up photography and illustration.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Brief Description
Costume design by Michael Annals for Michael Goodliffe as Mephistophilis in Christopher Marlowe's play, Doctor Faustus, Old Vic Company, Edinburgh Festival and Old Vic, 1961
Physical Description
Costume design for Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus. Full length figure in blood red body suit with bat's wings and additional wings at waist, and a bat's wing headdress. Annotated by the artist with the play title, the actor and the character's name, in paint, lower right hand corner, with the theatre and date '1960', in ink added beneath, possibly later. A second piece of paper is stuck to the reverse, annotated with measurements for reproduction.
Dimensions
  • Height: 50cm
  • Width: 30.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Bequeathed by Michael Annals
Summary
Costume design by Michael Annals for Michael Goodliffe as Mephistophilis in Christopher Marlowe's play, Doctor Faustus, Old Vic Company, Edinburgh Festival and Old Vic, 1961.



Michael Annals (1938-1990) trained at Hornsey College of Art and began his career designing sets and costumes for the Old Vic. In 1963 the newly formed National Theatre Company moved into the Old Vic and Annals joined them, having his first major success with his designs for Peter Shaffer's historical epic, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964). He went on to have an international career, designing for the theatre and for ballet, opera and film, but is most closely associated with the National Theatre, where he created notable settings for a range of productions, including O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night starring Laurence Olivier, Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page and Shaw's Heartbreak House. Annals frequently worked in the United States and was Associate Professor of Scenic Design at Yale in 1966-1967. In 1984 he gave up the stage and took up photography and illustration.
Collection
Accession Number
S.257-1991

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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