Caricature

Alec Clunes as Orsino in Twelfth Night

16 October 1950 (dated)

Sommerlad, Gilbert

S.131:121-2002 T&P

Pencil and watercolour caricature of Alec Clunes as Orsino in Twelfth Night, New Theatre Oxford, Gilbert Sommerlad, 16 October 1950

Pencil and watercolour caricature of Alec Clunes as Orsino in Twelfth Night, New Theatre Oxford, 16 October 1950. From a hard-backed sketch book containing caricatures of theatrical performers and entertainers drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad.

This caricature shows Alec Clunes (1912-1970) as Orsino in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, at the Oxford New Theatre in October 1950. It was drawn by Gilbert Sommerlad (1904-1976), a rehearsal pianist and orchestral violinist at the Brighton Theatre Royal from 1932 until 1936, and at the Oxford New Theatre from 1936 for over forty years. Sommerlad sketched the stars on stage when he wasn’t needed in the orchestra pit, compiling the sketches in a series of albums. Alec Clunes was an actor, manager and director. He appeared with the Old Vic Company in the 1930s and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company in the 1950s. In 1959 he took over the part of Henry Higgins from Rex Harrison in the original West End production of My Fair Lady.

Gilbert Sommerlad was a member of the resident orchestra at the New Theatre, Oxford when he drew this caricature.

Given by Michael Sommerlad

Location: In Storage

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