Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen exhibition opens in London this week

English National Opera - Orpheus in the Underworld - publicity poster by Gerald Scarfe
English National Opera – Orpheus in the Underworld – publicity poster by Gerald Scarfe

A new exhibition of the work of celebrated political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe will open at the House of Illustration this week, providing a rare opportunity to explore extensive but little-known production designs with storyboards, costumes and props from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Disney’s Hercules and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

This is the first major exhibition of production designs by Scarfe, offering a rare opportunity to discover an imagination that is acerbic, explosive and unmistakable, both on and off the page.

“I always want to bring my creations to life,” says Scarfe of his work, “to bring them off the page and give them flesh and blood, movement and drama.”

• Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen Exhibition Friday 22nd September 2017 to Sunday 21st January 2018, 10.00am – 6.00pm House of Illustration 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH | Web:

• Gerald Scarfe Official Site:

For more details on David Hockney and Gerald Scarfe in the pages of Eagle read this downthetubes item

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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