Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen

House of Illustration

22 September 2017 – 21 January 2018

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You’re likely to recognise the satirical cartoons of Gerald Scarfe, but you might be surprised to discover his lesser-known production designs for the stage and screen.

Gerald Scarfe, Orpheus in the Underworld: Act 1 Transformation

Having enjoyed a long career as a political cartoonist, starting out in the pages of Punch and Private Eye and then embarking on a 40-year relationship with the Sunday Times, Scarfe has also devised sets, concepts and characters across film, opera, ballet and theatre.

London’s House of Illustration offers a rare opportunity to explore Scarfe’s extensive work in these areas, presenting storyboards, costumes and props from a range of projects including Disney’s Hercules and Pink Floyd’s The Wall (for which Scarfe designed the animation sequences).

The artist’s typically acerbic imagination and vibrant style are evident throughout, as well as his desire to 'bring my creations to life – to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama.'

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Scarfe’s designs for the English National Ballet production of The Nutcracker, which remained in their Christmas repertoire for five years.

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