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Josef Svoboda

Date of birth: 1920
Date of death: 8.4.2002
Main profession: art director
Links: guardian.co.uk (n/a),cmuz.cz (cs)

Czechoslovak scene designer, whose work has been done mainly in connection with the Czech National Theatre and, more recently, the Theatre Behind the Gate in Prague. He has made an international reputation, and in 1966, after his work had been seen at the Edinburgh Festival and in the 1965 World Theatre season at the Aldwych, he was commissioned by the National Theatre in London to design the sets for productions at the Old Vic of Ostrovsky's The Storm and Chekhov's Three Sisters. An exhibition of his work was held in London in' 1967, with working models of several designs for mobile and revolving stages. -In 1970 he returned to the Old Vic to design the sets for Simon Gray's adapta¬tion of Dostoievsky's The Idiot.


IN: Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed. The concise Oxford companion to the theatre. 1st ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.   ISBN 0-19-281102-9. p. 531 - 532


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