Archive for Theatre

Leigh in Shakespeare

Posted in Photo with tags , , on November 6, 2017 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Hamlet, 1937

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1937

Romeo and Juliet, 1940

Richard III, 1948

Antony and Cleopatra, 1951

Macbeth, 1955

Titus Andronicus, 1955

Twelfth Night, 1955

“Shaw is like a train. One just speaks the words and sits in one’s place. But Shakespeare is like bathing in the sea – one swims where one wants.”

–Vivien Leigh

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

Posted in Art, Dance, Music with tags , , , on October 16, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Le Martyre de saint Sebastien
In 1911 some of the greatest artists then working in Paris collaborated in a musical-dramatic spectacle, Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. The five act mystery play starred Ida Rubinstein in the title role, with text by Gabriele D’Annunzio, stage design by Leon Bakst, choreography by Michel Fokine and a full-scale orchestral score by Claude Debussy. Most of these artists were associated with the wildly popular Ballets Russes and producer Gabriel Astruc probably imagined he had a winner on his hands. The show proved a flop however and would likely be entirely forgotten today were it not for Debussy’s wonderful music. Perhaps the Parisian audience had lost its taste for that sort of overwrought confection, or maybe they were dissuaded from attending by that noted theatre critic the Archbishop of Paris, who forbade Catholics to see the play on pain of excommunication. This pronouncement, a perfect amalgam of meddling censoriousness, intimidation, misogyny and anti-semitism, would be surprising were it not so typical. In any event, here are some images that all may regard without danger to their souls.

Leon Bakst-Costume Designs
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act I
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien2
Leon Bakst, Costume for St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act IV

Queen of the Cakewalk

Posted in Photo with tags , on September 18, 2013 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Amateurs of Kabuki

Posted in Photo with tags , , on November 28, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Hiroshi Watanabe

Saotome Taichi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 25, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Taishū engeki is a popular form of Japanese theatre derived from kabuki and as in kabuki the female roles are played by specialist male actors called onnagata or oyama. The young taishū engeki star Saotome Taichi is, for obvious reasons, a particularly celebrated onnagata.

The Kabuki Actors Iwai Shijaku I and Bandô Jûtarô

Posted in Japanese Print with tags , on October 18, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Shunbaisai Hokuei, 1832


Posted in Art with tags , on July 3, 2011 by Dylan Thomas Hayden