NT at 50 - Jamie Reid Limited Edition Silk Screen Print
Limited edition of 200 silk screen prints, signed and numbered by the artist.
To mark 50 years of the National Theatre, in 2013 we took inspiration from the traditions of the NT’s Art Directors and asked iconic designers from each of the five decades to respond to the National’s history. Every production at the National Theatre generated a poster, often created by key designers of that time, which evoke not only the experience of the show but are also a part of graphic design history. The result includes work by Jamie Reid, Paula Scher, David Carson and Graphic Thought Facility, who have contributed elegant and thoughtful responses both to the National Theatre Company and to our iconic building.
Jamie Reid is a British artist and anarchist and is infamous for his acerbic brand of visual anarchy. His signature newspaper-cutting graphics have become synonymous with the spirit of British punk rock music. His most iconic work, known worldwide, is the artwork for the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen.
This design is inspired by Howard Brenton's controversial 1980 production of 'Romans In Britain' (Mary Whitehouse's glasses steamed up), which was nominally about the Roman occupation of Britain but more specifically addressing the ongoing British occupation of Northern Ireland.