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We were sad to learn that Ken Briggs, who was the National Theatre’s first Graphic Designer, died on 27 December. Briggs worked for the National from its inception at the Old Vic in 1963 to the opening of the new South Bank building. The NT Archive took in Ken Briggs’ collection a couple of years ago, documenting his work for us, ENO, the Barbican, BBC and Sadlers Wells. If you’d like to visit or contact the Archive, details can be found here. We’ve also digitalised all our production posters which can be viewed online.

Charlotte Wilkinson, the NT’s current Art Director, says: ‘Much of how the National Theatre’s print and design looks today is due to Ken, so he was an incredibly influential character on the organisation. The whole of the Graphics team, past and present, owes him a huge debt. His work is ever present in our minds.’

Images: Posters designed by Ken Briggs: As You Like it (1967); Hedda Gabbler (1970); Weekly repertory poster (1964); Hamlet (1963) the National Theatre’s first production; Saint Joan (1964); Repertory poster (1967).


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