The House of Illustration’s upcoming exhibition will examine the extensive production designs by Gerald Scarfe. 

Gerald Scarfe
English National Opera – Orpheus in the Underworld Act 1 transformation © Gerald Scarfe. 

On display from the 22nd September, the House of Illustration’s latest exhibition will examine the celebrated political cartoonist’s little known contribution to the performing arts, helping to design some of the most high-profile productions of the last 50 years.

Featuring over one hundred works including preliminary sketches, storyboards, set designs, photographs, ephemera and costumes from productions including Orpheus in the Underworld at English National Opera, The Nutcracker by English National Ballet and Los Angeles Opera’s The Magic Flute.

The display will also show his 1994 work as the only ever external Production Designer for Disney, on their feature film Hercules, as well as his concept, character and animation designs for Pink Floyd’s 1982 film adaptation of The Wall. Scarfe’s surreal and often grotesque artwork cemented The Wall’s iconic status in pop culture.

Talking about the exhibition Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration, said: “We are honoured and tremendously excited to be exhibiting the work of such an influential illustrator and satirist, showing his extraordinary work for stage and screen to a wide audience for the very first time. The exhibition will reflect just how significant his contribution has been over the last half century to the performing arts, from rock to classical music, animation to ballet.

Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen will be on display at the House of Illustration from the 22nd September until the 21st January 2018. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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