Friday, September 4, 2015

Renderings to Reality: The Set Design of "One Man, Two Guvnors"

From drafting to models to the final product, scenic designer Hugh Landwehr created a swinging '60s set.
One Man, Two Guvnors sends audiences across the pond to 1960s England. The task for scenic designer Hugh Landwehr is to create this world that audiences are transported to. With credits from Broadway including A View from the Bridge, Bus Stop and All My Sons to off Broadway to theatres across the country, Landwehr has more than enough experience to bring the colorful swinging fun of '60s Brighton to our Segerstrom stage.

Check out a quick Q&A with Landwehr and his preliminary work below.

Where did you find inspiration for this design?
The inspiration for the design came from a thick book of research which I compiled about Brighton and 1963 which is the period of the show—which I lived through in the United States. I looked to the dawning of the age of the Beatles and early 1960s grooviness.

What was a challenge you tackled in this design?
David Ivers and I thought it was important to make the audience understand the essential Britishness of the show, as well as its boardwalk and seacoast locale. A place at the fringes of England where social conventions can be challenged and all kinds of escape are possible.

Any favorite designs you've done?
No designer has one favorite part of his design, “they are all my children.”

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