1973 (printing)

S.236-1998 T&P

Poster for performances in Japan of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Brook. Royal Shakespeare Company World Tour 1972/3. Pictorial and typographical.

Circular image formed of four mirror image heads, each face and hair alternating colours thus - (clockwise from top) yellow and red, purple and green, yellow and red, with the exception of the left hand image which is printed with green alternating with, in one section, red, and in the other, purple, the whole on a white background. At the top, white Japanese lettering against a black background and, on the white and overprinting the upper part of the image, the words 'Royal Shakespeare Company / in / A Midsummer / Night's Dream'. Beneath and overprinting the lower part of the image, Japanese lettering in black and at the bottom of the poster, in white on a black band, the words 'it is part of a World Tour'.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" originally opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, on 27 August 1970. It began a world tour in September 1972, first visiting Europe, then returning for a Christmas season at the Aldwych before playing for a week at Stratford and then embarking on a year-long tour to America, Japan and Australia. The Japanses poster dates from 1973. Historical significance: A good example of 1970s pop art poster design, using vivid colours and a symmetrical design. Posters for Brook's legendary production are now rare.

Given by Patricia Doyle

Location: In Storage

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