Vintage London Theatreland

The architecture, the Ivy, lights and greasepaint, means it can only be London’s West End.

Vintage London Theatreland

Vintage London Theatreland

And witnessing “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is like closing the seal on a living, tap-dancing time capsule right in the heart of London’s vintage Theatreland.

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

I realize how unique the sense of style was for the minds behind “42nd Street,” in my vlog (below). Our giftings and therefore our imprint, no matter what our vocation, is so specific for the time into which we are born!

 

And in person, Bonnie Langford is nothing like the moody diva, Dorothy Brock, she’s playing at Drury Lane!

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

 

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Top 3 Hottest T-Shirts 2018

The heat is rising and it’s time for tees. Here are three hot, pertinent and unusual up and coming best sellers from my Redbubble shop I’d love to draw your attention to!

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door TShirts

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door TShirts

My most popular “Stage Door London” shirts are those from the back view of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Shown in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit.

Samoyed TShirts

Samoyed TShirts

My dog art’s simple line drawings make for a strong t-shirt design. How your Samoyed side in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit!

Andrew Jackson Great Awakening TShirts

Andrew Jackson Great Awakening TShirts

And if you’re really woke to what’s going on in the Great Awakening and enjoy history, you could honor Andrew Jackson’s presidential quote through all the summer in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit too.

4 days only: Classic & Unisex tees starting at $15. Other select tees starting at $20!

Ordinary door to a London theatre

Prince Edward Theatre London West End

Prince Edward Theatre London West End

My latest charcoal theatre drawing in the “Stage Door London” series, is a principally utilitarian looking set of doors and they open onto a principally everyday West End back street in Soho. What caught my attention though, is what appears in gold lettering above them.

Stage Door

Stage Door

London Stage Door - Prince Edward Theatre by Douglas Rickard

London Stage Door – Prince Edward Theatre by Douglas Rickard

The inscription on this carved tablet which I have drawn in charcoal, serve not only as an acknowledgement to “the world’s greatest artists,” but a promise.

Maybe you already own my “Theatre Royal Drury Lane” and “Lyceum Theatre” releases and would like this to make a solid set of three. Or perhaps this art, which is also available on theatre gifts and accessories will serve as a private recognition for your world’s very own greatest artist.

Lyceum Theatre, London

West End Theatre drawing in progress

West End Theatre drawing in progress

Lyceum Stage Door

Lyceum Stage Door

Have you ever meandered through the side streets of Covent Garden? These crisscrossing rows of London streets will take you past, what I find to be, fascinating back doors of West End theatres… stage doors of course. I wanted to draw one of London’s theatres, and held back from drawing the front. I thought the unassuming stage door in down-to-earth charcoal, could be an equally exciting piece of showbiz art as a colorful oil pastel of the opulent building front.

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Whenever I have walked past a stage door, and I don’t know if you’re the same, I always take a look at anyone going in or coming out. I’m actually a little in awe of the talent and creativity that goes into the choreography, musical scores and performances I’ve seen in the West End. And I enjoy the idea of how actors for example, appear out of the city in their everyday clothes and slip into these stage doors and the vast, dark auditoriums beyond to come together and perform under the bright lights and whisk us away to another place. I hope my simple Lyceum Theatre drawing somehow captures a little piece of that wonder of London’s West End.

West End cityscape by Douglas Rickard