‘Cricket on the Heath’ by Hein Heckroth

Scope and Content

Painting: ‘Cricket on the Heath’ by Hein Heckroth (designer of Red Shoes and Ballet Jooss). Given to Paul Scofield and Joy Parker “in appreciation of their great service to the Travelling Rep Theatre.” The painting shows puppets, fairies and fairy-tale figures. A lengthy handwritten inscription on the reverse by Basil Langton (signed London Nov 2 1989) states that the painting was made for Basil Langton’s Travelling Repertory Theatre’s production of Dickens’s ‘Cricket on the Heath’, the production that re-opened the Birmingham Rep Theatre in 1943. It goes on: “Heckroth used this painting as a projection on a front scrim curtain, through which the characters in the play were revealed.”

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

41.5 x 32in, plain wooden frame with gold inner edge.