Set design

King Henry VI

1957 (made)

Hurry, Leslie

Height: 29 cm, Width: 39 cm

S.1838-2014 T&P

Set design with canopy and bed by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's King Henry VI by the Old Vic Company 1957.

Ink, crayon and watercolour on paper set design by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's King Henry VI by the Old Vic Company 1957. The design depicts a bed with a large red canopy draped overhead.

Set design with canopy and bed by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's King Henry VI by the Old Vic Company 1957. King Henry VI by William Shakespeare, directed by Douglas Seale with set, property and costume designs was first performed at the Old Vic in October 1957 with Parts 1 and 2 opening on 16 October, and Part 3 on 17 October. Douglas Seale's production followed on from his staging of the three plays in Birmingham four years earlier, but cut so that Parts 1 and 2 could be presented on one evening. Philip Hope Wallace in the Manchester Gurdian (18 October 1957) considered that Hurry's scenery was 'effective enough: a murky cavern, with side kennels and a fusty gloom about it...but pieces of scenery dangled and flapped, and here [as with the overall production[ was a general feeling that the grand design and strategy are still not quite finished'. Punch 23 October 1957 noted that 'Leslie Hurry has dressed it well, and his sloping stage edged by dark caverns fits it without fuss.' The scenery was made in the Old Vic workshop under the direction of W. H. Parker and painted by Leslie Woolnough. Photographs by Angus McBean in the core collection of the Theatre & Performance Collections show the set as realised. NB the Table and Tablecloth can be see in the photograph by Angus McBean no.624-22 in the core collection of the Theatre and Performance Collections.

Given by Caro Rathbone

Location: In Storage

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