The Abd’Elkader Farrah Collection

1.1 Reference code: 
1.3 Dates: 
1949 [recent photocopies of material from 1949] - 2006
1.5 Extent and media: 
1 archive box, oversized posters
2.1 Creator: 
Farrah, Abd'Elkader Farrah
2.2 Administrative History: 
Born in Algeria, Abd'Elkader Farrah (1926–2005) was a self-taught painter who later became an important theatre designer. He undertook freelance work in France before collaborating with director Michel Saint Denis in 1960, famously designing Saint Denis' production of Oedipus Rex at Sadlers Wells (pictured). The following year, Saint Denis introduced Farrah to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he stayed for thirty years as the resident associate designer and as honorary associate artist thereafter. Farrah also taught theatre design at Strasbourg (1955-1961) and, as a guest, at the National Theatre School of Canada (1968-1969). In over three decades of designing, Farrah worked with some thirty directors on more than 250 productions which included designs for plays, operas, musicals, ballets around the world. The collection held at the APGRD contains some of Farrah's original designs and research for several of his Greek and Shakespearian productions at the RSC and elsewhere.
2.3 Archival History: 
The items in this collection were donated to the APGRD by Leila Farrah, Abd'Elkader Farrah's daughter via Fiona Macintosh.
3.1 Scope and Content: 
Original colour drawings and designs, photocopies of photographs and early work, newspaper clippings, programmes and production flyers
3.3 Accruals: 
3.4 System of Arrangement: 
Series: APGRD Farrah collection administration File: 1 - APGRD Farrah exhibition Series: Farrah's art File: 2 - Algeria 1 File: 2a - Algeria 2 File: 3 - Obituary and family File: 4 - Art school File: 4a - Art school Series: Royal Shakespeare Company productions File: 5 - RSC studio 1 File: 5a - RSC studio 2 File: 6 - The Tempest File: 7 - Richard III 1 File: 7a - Richard III 2 File: 8 -Troilus and Cressida File: 9 - Julius Caesar File: 10 - Coriolanus 1 File: 10a - Coriolanus 2 Series: Independent productions File: 11 - Antigone File: 12 - Oedipus Rex 1 File: 12a - Oedipus Rex 2 File: 13 - The Burdies 1 File: 13a - The Burdies 2 File: 14 - Ecole Nationale de Théâtre, Canada Series: Thiasos productions File: 15 - Wealth File: 16 - Peace 1 File: 16a – Peace 2
4.1 Conditions of Access: 
Consult archivist
4.3 Languages and Scripts: 
English, French, Arabic
4.5 Finding Aids: 
Box list available
6.1 Archivist's note: 
7.2 Rules and Conventions: 

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