Modern British theatre design

UK design for performance since 1975

Authored by: Kate Burnett

The Routledge Companion to Scenography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138917804
eBook ISBN: 9781315688817
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781317422266.ch39

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Abstract

I think two designers absolutely changed the course of British Theatre design: one was Jocelyn [Herbert] and the other was John Bury. Before them most designers were encouraged to wrap up the pill in a lot of fancy paper, but John and Jocelyn affected a whole generation of designers and directors and made them insist on the question, “It may be nice, but is it necessary?”

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