Ref NoJH/1/38
TitleDexter, John
LevelFile
Datec1976-1993
DescriptionThe file contains news clippings about Dexter, director. However, the majority of the items are letters from Dexter to Herbert on Metropolitan Opera Association headed paper c1977-1979, Dexter being Director of Production for the Met, and are undated. The letters relate to staging of scenes for productions on which they were collaborating.
There are also dated letters referring to possible collaborations for example, on 'Lulu', 26 Nov 1974 [which they subsequently did work on, performed 1977] which mention technical difficulties with the piece. Other dated letters refer in passing to collaborations and other productions on which they were not working together for example, 'Equus' 29 Sep -11 Nov 1975 and also more personal matters.
There are also copy letters sent by Herbert to, or about Dexter for example, accompanying drawings and containing interpretations of them, 1 Aug 1976 [for 'Lulu'?]. There are also notes by Herbert [that appear to have been sent to Dexter] on production staging.
Included is paperwork relating to collaborations for example, Herbert's contract for designing 'Pygmalion', 11 Dec 1978, standard scenic and costume design contracts from United Scenic Artists and letters containing financial details. There are also letters referring to [Arnold Wesker's] 'The Merchant' and a dimension plan c1976. The play was directed by Dexter, designed by Herbert and first performed in 1977.
Other letters do not relate to productions directly for example, Herbert's donation of drawings from 'Lulu' for a charity auction, 29 Jun 1977.
Sundry items include: programme, 'La Forza del Destino' [The Force of Destiny]; music for 'Le Rossignol'; and what appears to be an interview transcript about 'The Merchant'
Herbert collaborated with Dexter on a number of projects: at Devon Festival 'Purgatory' 1957; at Belgrade Theatre/The Royal Court Theatre 'Roots' 1959; at The Royal Court Theatre 'The Kitchen' 1959; at The Royal Court Theatre 'Chips With Everything' 1962; at the National Theatre/Old Vic 'Othello' 1964; at the National Theatre/Old Vic 'A Woman Killed With Kindness' 1971; at The Olivier 'The Life of Galileo' 1980; at The Albery Theatre 'Pygmalion' 1974; at The Mermaid Theatre 'The Portage to San Cristobal of AH' 1982; at The Haymarket Theatre 'Heartbreak House'' 1983; at The Lyric Theatre 'The Devil and the Good Lord' 1984; at The Lyric 'Gigi' 1985; at The Paris Opera House 'La Forza del Destino' 1975; at The Metropolitan Opera 'Lulu' 1977; at The Metropolitan Opera 'Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail' 1979; and at The Metropolitan Opera 'Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' 1979.
Extent1 file.
SeriesIndexed files
Persons
CodePersonNameDatesNotes
DS/UK/322Wesker; Arnold (1932-); Sir1932-
DS/UK/322Wesker; Arnold (1932-); Sir1932-
DS/UK/305The Royal Court Theatre; 1956-1956-
DS/UK/305The Royal Court Theatre; 1956-1956-
DS/UK/86Royal National Theatre; 1976-1976-
DS/UK/86Royal National Theatre; 1976-1976-
DS/UK/174Dexter; John (1925-1990); Mr1925-1990
DS/UK/174Dexter; John (1925-1990); Mr1925-1990
Production
RecordTitle
266A Woman Killed with Kindness
100Othello
470The Life of Galileo
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