Production 'bible' for the musical 'Tonight's the Night', the musical is a compilation of Rod Stewart songs and was written and directed by Ben Elton. The production bible contains set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston. 'Tonight's the Night' opened on 6 November 2003 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London and closed on the 9 October 2004.
Lez Brotherston (born 1961) trained at the Central School of Art and Design, graduating in 1984. He is an influential and innovative designer of film, theatre and opera, and is especially known for his work for dance, particularly for Matthew Bourne's companies, Adventures in Motion Pictures and New Adventures. He has designed Bourne's productions of Highland Fling, an up-dating of Les Sylphides set in a Glasgow council flat, Cinderella, which took place during the London Blitz, The Car Man, based on Bizet's opera Carmen, Edward Scissorhands, and, famously, Swan Lake with male swans, for which he won three awards.
A designer will create a 'bible' to contain the information required by costumiers and set builders. This example gives an insight into Brotherston's working methods. The costume designs are colour copies of his original drawings, with images attached sourced from fashion magazines of the era. This information will act as a useful aid to the costume maker. Brotherston always focuses on the costumes not the wearers, using a few standard poses for his figures, drawing the faces in profile and giving them all similar features.
The design bible also includes photographs of the set model. Brotherston does not produce set designs on paper as he prefers to create models and develop the set in three dimensions. At the front of the bible are a series of photographs of the finished model which shows how one basic setting can be adapted to suggest different locations. The design bible also contains drawings of various scenic elevations featured in the show.
Design bibles are a unique insight into the theatrical design process and the eventual realisation of a production