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Donmar

Donmar

Part of

People

  • Cedric Price (creator)
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Joan Littlewood (client)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Title

Donmar

Dates of creation

1963-1964

Level of archival description

File 53

Extent and Medium

  • 32 drawings
  • 29 reprographic copies
  • 0.02 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents the unexecuted conversion of the Donmar rehearsal studio in Covent Garden, London, England, United Kingdom into an experimental theatre and late night meeting place. The client was the Fun Palace Trust ("Cedric Price Supplement", 'Architectural Design', vol. 40, (October 1970), 515) and negotiations for the conversion were undertaken with Donald Albery of New Theatre and Donmar Productions Limited. Movable platforms, furniture, and fittings were designed so that various seating and performance areas of different sizes could be created to accommodate a wide range of activities and entertainment of an impromptu nature. Survey drawings show the Donmar rehearsal studio and environs. Drawings for the conversion include plans, sections, axonometric projections, cutaway axonometric drawings showing the interior layout from two points of view, and conceptual sketches and perspectives of interior spaces in use. Axonometric drawings for fittings and furniture show platforms, a small stage, a chair/table, and a "conversation box". A drawing examines the sightlines of the converted interior by showing human figures in relationship with the movable units. Amended floor plans and sections show variations for the interior layout. Material in this file was produced between 1963 and 1964.

File contains design development drawings and textual records.

Reference Number

AP144.S2.D53

Location

London Greater London England United Kingdom

Language of material

Documents are in English.

Related units of description

  • Group DR2004:0036 in the Photographic Materials series (AP144.S6) contains negatives related to this file.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0212:001-016
    • Title: Plans, site plan, and sections showing existing conditions
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    plans, site plan, and sections showing existing conditions, interior perspective sketches, interior axonometric drawings, and axonometric details of fittings and furniture

    Quantity / Object type:

    16 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, wax crayon, and adhesive tape on translucent paper and reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 38 x 50.5 cm sheet (largest): 65.5 x 87 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0212:017-030
    • Title: Plans of existing conditions, interior axonometric drawings
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    plans of existing conditions, interior axonometric drawings, proposal and amended proposal plans, sections, and axonometric drawing and layout showing mobile platforms

    Quantity / Object type:

    14 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, and adhesive film on translucent paper and reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 37 x 69.5 cm sheet (largest): 38 x 73 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0212:031-045
    • Title: Plans and sections of proposals, typical layout showing platforms
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    plans and sections of proposals, typical layout showing platforms, plan of cooking and dining areas, site plan, and interior axonometric drawings

    Quantity / Object type:

    15 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, and adhesive tape on translucent paper and reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 37 x 68.5 cm sheet (largest): 38 x 69.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0212:046-059
    • Title: Interior axonometric drawings, axonometric details showing fittings and furniture, sections, and plans
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    14 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and coloured pencil on reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 37.5 x 68 cm sheet (largest): 38 x 70 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0212:060
    • Title: Sketch, correspondence, architect's statement, building programme
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    sketch, correspondence, architect's statement, building programme, minutes of meetings, notes, application forms, and calculations

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 38 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR2006:0047
    • Title: Sections showing sightlines and movable units, and axonometric drawings of fittings and furniture
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    2 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and ink on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 38 x 71 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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