Design

Macbeth

ca. 1970 (made)

Hurry, Leslie

Height: 50.2 cm, Width: 37.8 cm

S.1944-2014 T&P

Costume design for two unidentified male characters for a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970

Costume design for two unidentified male characters for a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970. The design shows two full length male figures. Both figures are dressed in tunics over close fitting leggings. The figures on the left has a white short sleeved tabard over a dark green under tunic. He is grasping a heavy sword in his right hand, and a further dagger in positioned in the belt the figure wears at his waist. The figure on the right is wearing an umber and blue coloured short sleeved tunic and a wide dark grey and red striped sash runs across his chest, from his left shoulder to his right waist. He is holding a staff or sword in his right hand and carries a dagger in the belt at his waist.

Costume design for two unidentified male characters for a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970. 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. In the 1970s Leslie Hurry was working on designs for a production of Macbeth for William Gaskill at the Royal Court Theatre, London that was never realised.

Given by Caro Rathbone

Location: In Storage

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