Design

Macbeth

1970 (made)

Hurry, Leslie

Height: 50.4 cm, Width: 22.1 cm

S.1947-2014 T&P

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

Costume design for Lennox in a probably unrealised production ofMacbeth by William Shakespeare, created by Leslie Hurry, ca.1970. The design shows a full length profile male figure. He is dressed in a full length, dark green and black sleeveless tabard, over a pale brown knee length tunic matching and thigh high, side lacing boots or leggings. He is wearing a white elbow length glove on his left hand and his fist is partially clenched.

Costume design for Lennox 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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