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Set Design

1939 (made)

Set design by Edward Carrick for Act I, scene ii (the Office), of Johnson Over Jordan, 1939

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Pencil and crayon on paper
Brief description
Set design by Edward Carrick for Act I, scene ii (the Office), of Johnson Over Jordan, 1939
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Johnson Over Jordan Act 1. Sc 2.' (Textual information. Lower left hand corner of design.)
  • 'Carrick 39' (Signature. Lower right hand corner of design.)
  • 'J.B. / Priestley / Johnson Over Jordan /dal J.B. / Priestley. / Mes en Scena di Edward Craig' (Textual information. Reverse.)
Object history
Johnson Over Jordan was one of Priestley's most important experimental plays and one of the few West End productions to use Expressionist techniques. The form and content of the play are reflected in Edward Carrick's designs which show the influence of his father, Edward Gordon Craig. The play was a commercial failure - it was produced at a time of national crisis and the public was not in the mood for plays about the journey through death to Eternity. Artistically, however, it brought together an extraordinary range of talent: as well as Priestley and Carrick, there was Benjamin Britten, who wrote the music, and Antony Tudor, who choreographed the ballets, while Johnson gave Ralph Richardson one of his greatest stage roles. Associated production: Johnson Over Jordan. Designer: Edward Carrick. Director: Basil Dean. New Theatre, London, 26.2.1939. Performance category: Drama. Production type: World premiere.
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Record createdOctober 7, 2010
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