In 1953 a small company of actors led by Joan Littlewood arrived in London's East End for a six week season at the vacant Theatre Royal. The company's commitment to theatre for all still thrives at Theatre Royal Stratford East over half a century later.
The Theatre Workshop's influence on post-war British theatre is now legendary. Among the highlights were The Quare Fellow, A Taste of Honey, Things Ain't Wot They Used T'Be and Oh What a Lovely War.
Much less known is Theatre Workshop's equally strong dedication to design and production values, influenced by giants of European theatre such as Meyerhold and Piscator.
The Art of the Theatre Workshop is a collection of images by people who worked closely with the company in the early years. Over fifty photographs by John Spinner form the centre-piece of this collection, along with costume designs for Oh What a Lovely War by Una Collins and the innovative lantern slides for The Good Soldier Schweik by Ernest Brooks.