Set design

Troilus and Cressida

1960 (made)

Hurry, Leslie

Height: 25.3 cm, Width: 57 cm

S.1807-2014 T&P

Design for banners by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Royal Shakespeare Company 1960

Pen and watercolour design on paper with pencil inscription by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. The design shows five decorated banner with yellow colouring.

Design for banners by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Royal Shakespeare Company 1960. Leslie Hurry (1909-1978) trained at the Royal Academy and during the 1930s became known as a surrealist painter. A one-man show in London in 1942 was seen by the theatre director, Michael Benthall, who recommended Hurry to the dancer and choreographer, Robert Helpmann, then planning a ballet based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The success of his designs set Hurry on a second career as one of the most distinguished theatre designers of his generation. He designed operas, ballets and plays, notably Swan Lake for the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1943, a production which stayed in the repertoire for thirty years; Venice Preserv'd for Peter Brook (1953); the Ring Cycle at Covent Garden (1954), and Troilus and Cressida at Stratford for Peter Hall (1960), famous for being staged in a sand pit. Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare directed by Peter Hall and Jon Barton was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon on 26 July 1970. It was revived for eight performances at the 1962 Edinburgh Festival where it opened on 20 August 1962 at the Lyceum Theatre and transferred to the Aldwych Theatre, London where it opened on 15 October 1962. The music was composed by Humphrey Searle and the production lit by John Wyckham. The production is remembered for the action being set by Leslie Hurry in a hexagonal sandpit with an abstract backcloth.

Given by Caro Rathbone

Location: In Storage

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