Height: 46.7 cm, Width: 30.4 cm
Design for a stage costume for the Scrivener, created by Leslie Hurry for the production of Richard III, staged by The Old Vic Company in 1957
Design for a stage costume for the Scrivener, created by Leslie Hurry for the production of Richard III, staged by The Old Vic Company in 1957. The design shows a full length image of a male figure. He is dressed in a long, pleated tunic the sleeves of this tunic are long and open at the elbow, exposing close fitting full length crimson undersleeves beneath. The Scrivener is holding a rolled scroll in his left hand, and wearing a green bag on a belt around his waist. He is also wearing a dark, flat hat.
Design for a stage costume for the Scrivener, created by Leslie Hurry for the production of <i>Richard III</i>, staged by The Old Vic Company in 1957. The Tragedy of King Richard III, adapted from the play by William Shakespeare, was directed by Douglas Seale at the Old Vic, London, and first performed on 29 May 1957. The sets, properties and costumes were designed by Leslie Hurry and Robert Helpmann (for whom Hurry had designed his first production, the ballet Hamlet) took the title role. The scenery was made in the Old Vic workshop under the direction of W. H. Parker and painted by Leslie Woolnough. The ladies costumes were made by Violet Rood and the men's costumes were made in the Old Vic Workshops. The properties were also made in the Old Vic workshop under the direction of Helen Thomas. Photographs by of the production taken by Angus McBean and now held in the core collection of the Theatre & Performance Collections show the set as realised, with the spider's web cloth dominating the stage. Critics were divided in their opinions of the set, The Daily Telegraph on 30 May 1957 declared that ‘Visually, Mr. Searle made a fine sombre spectacle of this production, though Leslie Hurry’s set, which had a thing like a railway culvert on one side and one like an Anderson shelter on the other was not in itself entrancing.’ The Sketch, 9 June 1957, however, described how ‘Douglas Seale has marshalled the great melodrama as well as anyone could wish, on a long, many levelled ramp backed by a spider’s web’.
Given by Caro Rathbone
Location: In Storage