Set Model thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Theatre & Performance, Room 104

Set Model

Object details
Object type
This object consists of 6 parts.

  • Set Model
  • Set Model
  • Set Model
  • Set Model
  • Set Model
  • Set Model
Brief description
Set model for Show Boat by Lez Brotherston
Gallery label
Re:Imagining Musicals, 15th October 2022 - 27th November 2023 Show Boat Jerome Kern’s and Oscar Hammerstein II’s ground-breaking musical chronicles life aboard the Cotton Blossom, a floating theatre on a steamboat. It was revolutionary for exploring topics like race relations through realistic and three-dimensional characters. Edna Ferber, who wrote the book on which it was based, researched the reality of ‘show boat’ workers in detail including: ‘reading, interviewing, taking notes and making outlines’. For this revival production, Lez Brotherston created an abstract steamer onstage which used different levels to emphasise the hierarchy between races. Set model for Show Boat 2016 Designed by Lez Brotherston Materials Plastic, copper metal alloy Museum no. S.599:1 to 6-2021 Given by the designer London cast recording of Show Boat 1961 Designed by Reginald Mount Printing ink on card Museum no. BMT/2/1/2583 Given by Overtures: The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust(2022)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Accession number

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

Record createdMay 21, 2021
Record URL
Download as: JSON