Set designs for The Rivals (Criterion, 1945)

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Although Messel designed the costume and sets, this series consists of set model pieces only.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rivals, a comedy in five acts by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1775). Oliver Messel's production first produced by H. M. Tennent Productions Ltd. And C.E.M.A. at the Criterion Theatre, London on 24 September, 1945. It was directed by William Armstrong and Edith Evans with assistance from Tyrone Guthrie. It featured Edith Evans as Mrs. Malaprop and Anthony Quayle as Captain Absolute.