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MS Thr 1143

Komisarjevsky, Theodore, 1882-1954. Theodore Komisarjevsky costume and set designs, 1918-1936: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd
Location: ppf
Call No.: MS Thr 1143
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Komisarjevsky, Theodore, 1882-1954.
Title: Theodore Komisarjevsky costume and set designs,
Date(s): 1918-1936.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (20 designs in 20 folders)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Theodore Komisarjevsky costume and set designs for the productions he directed in Russia, France and England.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Ernestine Stodelle Komisarjevsky; received: 1957.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Theodore Komisarjevsky Costume and Set Designs, 1918-1936 (MS Thr 1143). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Komisarjevsky theatrical designs originally came as part of a larger donation of Komisajevsky's papers. For the rest of the collection see Theodore Komisarjevsky Papers, 1912-1970 (MS Thr 490).

Biographical / Historical

Theodore Komisarjevsky (Федор Федорович Комиссаржевский) (1882-1954) was a Russian theater and opera producer, director, designer, and author, and a member of a famous Russian theatrical dynasty: son of a prominent Russian opera singer, and step-brother of a legendary Russian actress Vera Komisarjevkaya. In 1919 he left revolutionary Russia for Paris, and then London. In England, his productions of Chekhov's plays changed the way theater professionals and the audience understood the work of the dramatist. As director and designer he created several productions for the Shakespeare Memorial Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the 1930s, Komisarjevsky also designed the interior and decor of a number of London cinema houses. In 1939 he moved to the United States, where he worked for a number of New York and Canadian theater companies, and later taught at Yale School of Drama and opened Komisarjevsky Theater Studio in Connecticut.


Arranged alphabetically by title of production.

Scope and Contents

Includes set design for Cherry orchard, costume design for Le Club des canards mandarins, 2 costume designs for Duenna, 1 costume design for Henry IV, 8 costume designs for Merry wives of Windsor, 3 costume designs for Romeo and Juliet, 1 set design for The Seagull, 2 costume designs for 18th-century style French comic opera, and curtain design for London cinema house.

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