Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England
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Costume design and headdress by Barry Kay for Leontine, 'The Birdwatcher', 'Monsieur Chasse', drama comedy by Georges Feydeau, translated into English by Richard Cottrell


The Birdwatcher – Monsieur Chasse

Assignment: Scenery [?] / Costumes

Hampstead Theatre Club [?] [1]
Hampstead Theatre, London
Première 1966

Richard Cottrell, direction




Costume for Leontine, headdress

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Headdress design by Barry Kay for Alice, 'The Dance of Death', act 2, drama by August Strindberg, directed by Kenneth MacMillan, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1983, plot: a couple locked for twenty-five years in a marriage that lierally takes the form of mortal combat, with the final triumph falling to the wife


The Dance of Death

Assignment: Costumes
(co-designer scenery: Laurie Dennett)

Selected cast
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Première 15 September 1983

Kenneth MacMillan, direction





Headdress for Alice, Act II

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The Keyhole – Le Serrure

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes

Royal Shakespeare Company
Aldwych Theatre, London
Première 2 July 1964

Garry O'Connor, direction




Henry Woolf as The Client

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Set design, model, by Barry Kay for 'Kindly Monkeys', set in a hill temple, Brahma's home in the Himalayan mountains; drama, play by Milton Hood Ward, directed by Krishna Shah, New Arts Theatre, London, world première 17 March 1965


Kindly Monkeys

Assignment: Scenery

New Arts Theatre Company
New Arts Theatre, London
World Première 17 March 1965

Krishna Shah, direction





Model, scale 1:25   XL

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Love's Labour's Lost - Pavilion of the Princess of France; set design, drawing by Barry Kay, ca 1956; probably intended for The Union Theatre Repertory Company, Union Theatre, Melbourne


Love's Labour's Lost

Assignment: Scenery

The Union Theatre Repertory Company (UTRC) [?]
Union Theatre, Melbourne [?]
Première around 1956 [?]





Set design, Act [?]

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Barry Kay, set design Measure for Measure, drawing, Old Vic Company, London 1957


Measure for Measure

Assignment: Scenery, permanent set / Costumes

Old Vic Company
Old Vic Theatre, London
Première 19 November 1957

Maraget Webster, direction





Set design

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Set design by Barry Kay for NO WHY; drama, comdey; Royal Shakespeare Company; Aldwych Theatre, London; Première 2 July 1964


No Why

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes

Royal Shakespeare Company
Aldwych Theatre, London
Première 2 July 1964

John Schlesinger, direction





Set design, section

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Picnic: A Summer Romance; set design by Barry Kay; direction Peter Dews; The Belgrade Theatre Company, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; First Night 14 April 1958


Picnic: A Summer Romance

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes

The Belgrade Theatre Company
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
First Night 14 April 1958

Peter Dews, direction

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Romanoff and Juliet

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes [?]

The Belgrade Theatre Company
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
First Night 28 April 1958

Peter Streuli, direction



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Saint Joan

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes [?]

The Belgrade Theatre Company
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
First Night 12 May 1958

Peter Streuli, direction

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Barry Kay, set design Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, drawing; direction John Sumner; Union Theatre Repertory Company, Melbourne 1955


Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes [?]
(in conjunction with Anne Fraser) [2]

The Union Theatre Repertory Company (UTRC)
Union Theatre, Melbourne
World Première 28 November 1955
Season 28 November - 12 December 1955


John Sumner, direction





Set design, detail, interior of the Leech house, Carlton, Melbourne

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The Taming of the Shrew

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes [?]
(co-designer Barbara Newman)
The shared design commission was won in a competition

National Theatre Movement of Australia
Princess Theatre, Melbourne
Première 1951 [day, month ?]

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The Thieves' Carnival - Le Bal des Voleurs, Act I; set design drawing by Barry Kay; Melbounre University Student Theatre; Union House Theatre, Melbourne; Première 10 January 1956


The Thieves' Carnival – Le Bal des Voleurs

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes [?]
(probably as assistant designer to Anne Fraser)

Melbounre University Student Theatre
Union House Theatre, Melbourne
Première 10 January 1956

Wal Cherry, direction





Set design, Act II

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Victor ou les Enfants au pouvoir; costume design, drawing by Barry Kay for Jennifer Clulow in the role of Esther Magneau;                        Drama, surrealist farce by Roger Vitrac; Direction Robin Midgley; Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London;                        première 5 August 1964


Victor ou les Enfants au pouvoir

Assignment: Scenery / Costumes

Royal Shakespeare Company
Aldwych Theatre, London
Première 5 August 1964

Robin Midgley, direction






Costume design for Jennifer Clulow as Esther Magneau   XXL



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Barry Kay, unconfirmed set design for Shakespeare's Hamlet, created late 1950s or early 1960s, likely based on a woodcut by Edward Gordon Craig


Hamlet   [unconfirmed]

Set design, drawing; purpose unknown

Created late 1950s or early 1960s; likely
inspired by Edward Gordon Craig's woodcut
for Shakespeare's Hamlet, originally published
by Cranach Press, Weimar, Germany, 1928.





Set design   XL

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[1]

Prior to 1966, the The Birdwatcher was presented by the Nottingham Playhouse in 1964. Since Barry Kay never designed for this theatre and its company, it is believed that his costume designs are those for the Hampstead Theatre Club's production of 1966. As the Archive has not been able to locate records verifying the performing company, venue and première date, the details provided above should be considered tentative until definitive data emerge. It is not known whether Kay designed the scenery as well. >> back to The Birdwatcher





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Barry Kay was assistant to Anne Fraser, whom theatre records list as the sole designer of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. The Archive holds two set designs by Kay for this production – one of the Parlour of a Melbourne House (above), the other of the Interior of the Young & Jacksons Hotel (Australian term for pub). It however remains unclear whether his scenery was in fact realized for the stage, and whether he was also assisting in designing the costumes.

Research provides conflicting results in that the identical cast is quoted to have performed at two different venues on precisely the same opening date – at the Union Theatre, Melbourne University, and the Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne. >> back to Summer of the Seventeenth Doll



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