Item #9039 National Theatre Programmes. National Theatre, Laurence Olivier, Ken Briggs, Anton Chekhov, August Strindberg, Tom Stoppard, John Osborne, Sean O'Casey, Henrik Ibsen, Max Frisch, director, design, playwrights.
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes
National Theatre Programmes

National Theatre Programmes

London: The National Theatre, c.1963-69. 12 original theater programs, octavo, publisher's stapled illustrated paper wraps, housed in two original glossy paper-board pamphlet boxes and slipcases.

Two-volume set of programs designed by Ken Briggs for a dozen productions staged at London’s National Theatre in its first decade. Now composed of three different performance spaces and known as the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, the theater originally launched in 1963 at the Old Vic in Waterloo, under the directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, with a production of "Hamlet" starring a young Peter O’Toole. The company was home to radical talents of the era selected by Olivier, such as directors John Dexter and William Gaskill, actors Michael Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Maggie Smith, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens, and Michael Gambon, with legendary critic Kenneth Tynan as literary manager. The first designer for the company was the Derbyshire-born Briggs, who had recently graduated from the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London. During this inchoate period for the company, he designed hundreds of posters and programs, providing a coherent and enduring visual identity for the company; the National Theatre today holds an archive of his work, characterized by the then-pervasive Swiss typographic style and his unique and frequently humorous interpretation of Modernism. This set includes programs for: "'H' or Monologues at Front of Burning Cities" by Charles Wood, "Andorra" by Max Frisch, "The Recruiting Officer" by George Farquhar, "The Master Builder" by Henrik Ibsen (adapted by Emlyn Williams), "A Flea In Her Ear" by Georges Feydeau, "Uncle Vanya" by Chekhov, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard, "Love for Love" by William Congreve, "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O’Casey, "The Dance of Death" by August Strindberg, "The Storm" by Alexander Ostrovsky (adapted by Doris Lessing), and double-bill "A Black Comedy" by Peter Shaffer with "A Bond Honoured" by John Osborne. Profusely illustrated with color and black-and-white photos and reproductions. Pamphlets fine, original slipcases with some toning and soiling, with approximately one-inch split to top edge of one slipcase. A near fine set of innovatively designed programs from the National Theatre's early period. Item #9039

$650.00