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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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Shaw
Next to Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw was probably the most popular playwright in the Simmons archive. The collection chronicles productions from St. Joan to Pygmalion. One of the company's last productions was the London premiere of the Shaw-related My Fair Lady with costumes designed by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). The Ransom Center holds the Shaw archive and Simmons created costumes for many of the premieres of his work.

The Apple Cart

Queen's Theatre, 1929
Costumes designed by Paul Shelving

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Caesar and Cleopatra

Savoy Theatre, 1907
Costumes designed by Percy Anderson

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The Dark Lady of the Sonnets

Haymarket Theatre, 1910
Costumes designed by Charles Ricketts

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The Devil's Disciple

Savoy Theatre, 1930

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The Doctor's Dilemma

Saville Theatre, 1956
Costumes designed by Peter Rice

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Man and Superman

New Theatre, 1951
Costumes designed by Elizabeth Haffenden

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