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Call No.: MS Thr 582
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Calthrop, G. E.
Title: G. E. Calthrop costume designs for Cavalcade,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Costume designs by G. E. Calthrop for Noel Coward's play Cavalcade, which opened at the Drury Lane Theatre, London, England in 1931.
Noel Coward's historical extravaganza Cavalcade, opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (now the Drury Lane Theatre), London, England in 1931. The play ran from October 13, 1931 through September 10, 1932. Cast included Mary Clare, Edward Sinclair,John Mills, and others. The scenery and costumes were designed by Gladys E. Calthrop. The plot chronicled about thirty years in the lives of two British families, the Marryots and the Bridges , from New Years Eve 1899 to New Years Eve 1933. One family is well-to-do and the other is not as well off, and the play shows various historical events through their eyes such as the Titanic disaster, the death of Queen Victoria, and World War I. The play required a huge cast, gargantuan sets, and a complex hydraulic stage.
Original watercolor, pencil, and ink costume designs by G. E. Calthrop (Gladys E. Calthrop). Most designs include annotations designating the following: sketch number; act and scene number; actor's name; and colors, fabrics, and ornaments to be used in design. All designs are unsigned. Also includes: a theater program which contains a photograph of the cast and also G. E. Calthrop; a numbered autograph manuscript list recording all the drawings included in this collection; and the cover from the case formerly holding these designs.