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Paul Shelving

Paul Shelving was a theatre designer, who worked at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and for the Malvern Festival and at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. He joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre soon after First World War. [2] He designed productions for over forty years.[3]

His designs covered many styles. In The Immortal Hour he produced a mysterious forest in the symbolist style, with patterned tree trunks and a misty atmosphere. [4]

For the 1923 production of Cymbeline, Shelving's modern setting and dress was one of the first of its kind.[4]

His designs for The Tempest at Stratford in 1946 was "magical and fantastic with ranges of coloured crags. Shelving was a fine colourist who enjoyed blocking out broad masses in patterns." [4]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Jenny (2013). A year in archiving. 
  2. ^ Gill, Maud (1948). See the Players (Second ed.). Birmingham: George Ronald. p. 267. 
  3. ^ Cochrane, Claire (2003). The Birmingham Rep: A City's Theatre 1962-2002. Birmingham: Sir Barry Jackson Trust. 
  4. ^ a b c Rosenfeld, Sybil (1973). A Short History of Scene Design in Great Britain. Oxford: Blackwell. 

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(1888–1968) English designer. He studied fine art at the beginning of the twentieth century, winning prizes for model and outline drawing, and was greatly influenced by Edward Gordon Craig's Much Ado About Nothing (1903). Small acting roles and pageant designs were interrupted by military service in France. On discharge he became the resident designer and scene painter at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre under Barry Jackson, and designed Shaw's Back to Methusaleh (1923) and the famous modern-dress Shakespeare productions (1925–8). For a decade from 1929 he was resident designer at the new Malvern Festival with Shaw and Jackson, and after the Second World War he returned to Birmingham for Man and Superman, King John, and Ibsen's Lady from the Sea with the young Peter Brook as director. Shelving's personal signature was simplicity of colour and line, with bold colourful patterns and great attention to ornamental detail.

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