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Poster

1999
Artist/Maker

Poster on gloss finish card featuring a photograph of Ben Richards as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, against a sunburst background of yellow and orange light. The central image is of Ben Richards as Tony Manero, doing a dance move, pointing with his right finger, his right arm in the air, the heel of his right foot off the ground. He wears a white suit trimmed with silver leather braid on the collar and cuffs, and a snakeskin-style waistcoat over a black shirt. A chorus of dancers all doing a similar dance move appears below and behind the central figure. Black lettering above the image gives the name of the producer; the title and the quote 'A Sensational Night Out', whilst the details of the production team are in white lettering at the bottom left of the poster, with the name of the theatre in red lettering, bottom right. The central image is surrounded by the four quotes: 'Foot-tapping, hip-swaying, finger-snapping'; 'Hot stuff'; 'Fever is still infectious' and 'You should be dancing', arranged as if emanating from the figure along the rays of light.


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Brief Description
Poster advertising Saturday Night Fever, based on a film from a story by Nik Cohen, with screenplay by Norman Wexler, directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Saturday Night Fever opened at the London Palladium on 21 April 1998. This poster features Ben Richards as Tony Manero, who took over the part in April 1999.
Physical Description
Poster on gloss finish card featuring a photograph of Ben Richards as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, against a sunburst background of yellow and orange light. The central image is of Ben Richards as Tony Manero, doing a dance move, pointing with his right finger, his right arm in the air, the heel of his right foot off the ground. He wears a white suit trimmed with silver leather braid on the collar and cuffs, and a snakeskin-style waistcoat over a black shirt. A chorus of dancers all doing a similar dance move appears below and behind the central figure. Black lettering above the image gives the name of the producer; the title and the quote 'A Sensational Night Out', whilst the details of the production team are in white lettering at the bottom left of the poster, with the name of the theatre in red lettering, bottom right. The central image is surrounded by the four quotes: 'Foot-tapping, hip-swaying, finger-snapping'; 'Hot stuff'; 'Fever is still infectious' and 'You should be dancing', arranged as if emanating from the figure along the rays of light.
Dimensions
  • Length: 58cm
  • Width: 38cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Given by Dewynters PLC
Object history
Poster advertising a 1999 change of cast of Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium Theatre, featuring Ben Richards as Tony Manero. This production opened at the Palladium 21 April 1998 and ran until February 2000. Ben Richards took over the lead role from Adam Garcia in April 1999. The stage musical was based on the Paramount/RSO film of the same name, from a story by Nik Cohn with screenplay by Norman Wexler. This production was adapted for the stage by Nan Knighton in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas and Robert Stigwood and featured songs by The Bee Gees.

Joanne Farrell played the lead girl, and the scene design was by Robin Wagner; costume design by Andy Edwards and lighting design by Andrew Bridge. It was directed and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession Number
S.230-1999

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record createdOctober 11, 2000
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