Literature: Mason, Emma, Barnett Freedman, Designs for Modern Britain, Pallant House Gallery, 2020, p. 99
The Curwen Press was founded in 1863 to print music. After Harold Curwen joined in 1908, it began to print high quality limited edition books and did much to advance the use of colour lithography. When Oliver Simon joined he used his contacts with the Royal College of Art employing artists such as Paul Nash and Edward Bawden.
Theatre is considered to be one of Freedman’s most successful large scale designs. It’s male counterpart is entitled Circus.
Both were produced in a variety of sizes, as hand-bills and posters.