This design depicts an interior setting with domed roof. A wooden door is situated up stage left with yellow drapes stage left and right to enable entrances and exits. A chair is positioned stage right. Two figures stand at the sides of the stage.
Set design by Voytek for The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Keith Hack and produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Duncan C. Weldon and Louis I. Michaels for Triumph Theatre Productions at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and subsequent UK tour, 1979. The production premiered on 3 May 1979.
Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.
Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.
His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.
The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.