The National Theatre will celebrate over 50 years of impeccable design with their National Theatre Posters exhibition, curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor. The exhibition will open in the theatre's Wolfson gallery in October.
The exhibition will explore the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre, showcasing many classic examples from 1963 to the present day.
Curator Rick Poynor said: “An exciting theatre poster manages to capture the essence of a play. It grabs your attention with something surprising and draws you in. The National Theatre has a long tradition of producing adventurous poster designs that encapsulate the inventiveness and energy of its productions.”
“The NT’s first graphic designer, Ken Briggs, collaborated closely with the theatre for a decade. That set the pattern and the theatre went on to appoint a succession of designers – Richard Bird, Michael Mayhew, Charlotte Wilkinson and Ollie Winser – who have worked in-house on the posters and other graphics. Each designer has maintained a very high standard of creativity and the posters’ graphic styles have evolved to reflect the changing needs of the theatre and its audiences.”
There will be a book, National Theatre Posters: A Design History, published by Unit Editions, which will be launched to coincide with the exhibition. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a programme of related events. Find out more at the National Theatre website.