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A Tonic to the Imagination: Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B. J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959
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In English speaking theater, the figure of the actor-manager was a prominent force from the eighteenth century through the first half of the twentieth century. Simmons costumed such early productions as those managed by and starring Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Oscar Asche, Henry Irving, Wilson Barrett, and the last of the species, Sir Donald Wolfit in the 1940s. The collection chronicles not only the London presentations, but those prepared for extensive tours of the British Isles, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Attila

His Majesty's Theatre, 1907
Costumes designed by Charles Ricketts

Costume design for Attila Costume design for Attila Detail of bracelets and armlets for Attila Detail of bracelets and armlets for Attila

Henry IV, Part I

New Theatre, 1945
Costumes designed by Roger Furse

Costume design for Henry IV, Part I Costume design for Henry IV, Part I

Joan of Arc

Théâtre du Chatelet, Paris, 1891
Costumes designed by Charles Bianchini

Costume design for Joan of Arc Detail of breastplate for Joan of Arc Photograph of Sarah Bernhardt as Joan of Arc Detail of white leather jupon worn by Sarah Bernhardt in Joan of Arc Costume design for Joan of Arc

Macbeth

Winter Garden, 1945
Costumes designed by Ernst Stern

Costume design for Macbeth Costume design for Macbeth Costume design for Macbeth

The Sign of the Cross

Lyric Theatre, 1896

Costume design for The Sign of the Cross Reproduction of photograph of The Sign of the Cross

Such Men Are Dangerous

Duke of York's Theatre, 1928
Costumes designed by Aubrey Hammond

Costume design for Such Men Are Dangerous Costume design for Such Men Are Dangerous Costume design for Such Men Are Dangerous Costume design for Such Men Are Dangerous Drawing of Jager Regiment uniforms, with 1906 clipping of Russian Lifeguard Cossacks