Costume design

Barbarians

1977 (performed)

Voytek

Height: 41.5 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

S.1521-1994 T&P

Costume design by Voytek for Jeffrey Kissoon as Louis in Barbarians, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1977

Pencil and ink design for Louis in Barbarians. Louis is depicted as wearing a white suit with a yellow shirt. Two large flowers appear to his left with an inscription suggesting the location of Notting Hill Gate.

Costume design by Voytek for Jeffrey Kissoon as Louis in Barbarians, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1977. Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay. Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac. His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982. The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.

Gift of Voytek, 1992

Location: In Storage

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