Set designs for Helen (Adelphi, 1932)

Scope and Content

This series includes set designs only

Administrative / Biographical History

Helen, an opera bouffé based on Offenbach's operetta La Belle Hélène (1864) with libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Oliver Messel's production was first produced by Charles B. Cochran at the Adelphi Theatre on 30 January 1932. It was directed by Max Reinhardt with choreography by Léonide Massine and featured Evelyn Laye as Helen and Bruce Carfax as Paris. Roger Pinkham has said of this production " Helen established Oliver Messel as the leading designer of the period and as regards future work he was home and dry." (Pinkham, ed., 1983).