hat-trick design’s commemorative RSC stamps

Royal Mail today issue a set of stamps, designed by hat-trick, commemorating the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 50th anniversary…

Royal Mail today issue a set of stamps, designed by hat-trick, commemorating the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s 50th anniversary. The six stamps feature RSC actors in famous productions, along with a well known line from the play in question, hand written by Marion Deuchars

As well as the six stamps, hat-trick also designed a mini-sheet of four stamps which features  a miniature paper stage set created and built specially by illustrator Rebecca Sutherland and shot by John Ross. The stamps pay homage to the four stages in Stratford – the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre and The Other Place.

Can anyone name all the actors featured?

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  • ben

    miniture paperstage.. awesome. the top one, not so much. looks awfully familiar…

  • James

    As just images I like them but really Deuchar’s lettering means that the iambic pentameter of the lines is totally wrong, which when you’re celebrating the RSC being truthful to the Bard is 99% of the job surely?

  • We love them!! Congratulations Becky!

  • David Atkinson

    OK, I’m guessing:

    Swan Theatre: Patrick Stewart
    The Other Place: Judi Dench
    The Courtyard: Kenneth Branagh
    Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Diana Quick

  • Jean Luc Picard!

    Lovely sense of drama in both sets.

  • toucanne

    They’re very nice. The top ones are a bit of a rip of Paula Scher, but I still like them.

  • Beautiful! So much more modern-looking than any stamps I’ve seen in the US.

  • Amy

    @James. I think she’s got it right with the emphasis on the iambic pentameter – if you look at the Hamlet one for example, its not a standard iambic pentameter rhythm anyway (I don’t think – A Level English was a while ago) but I think it works.

    Either way, I think they look great!

  • SuZenDu

    David Tennant as Hamlet!!! [swoon] But Ian McKellen looks a bit *mature* to be playing Romeo. I agree that’s Patrick Stewart on Swan Theatre and Judi Densch on The Other Place. That looks like a young Julie Christie on A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

  • Lila

    Loving the RSC stamps. Striking and beautiful. The lettering works brilliantly.

  • beautiful! a must-have!