Design

Macbeth

1970 (made)

Hurry, Leslie

Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 28.9 cm

S.1945-2014 T&P

Costume design for Macduff in a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970

Costume design for Macduff in a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970. The design shows a full length male figure standing with his hands on his hips. He is dressed in tones of grey in a full length tunic (with two yellow stripes on the chest and skirt). The tunic is gathered with a belt at the waist, and is worn with a long, heavy cloak. He is carrying a long sword in the belt at his waist.

Costume design for Macduff in 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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