Jocelyn Herbert

British stage designer

Jocelyn Herbert, acclaimed British stage designer who also worked extensively on operas and films, died May 6 in London. She was 86.

Among her prolific but highly selective output during a career that spanned more than four decades were sets for the 1964 production of “Othello,” with Laurence Olivier at the National in London, Ionesco’s “Chairs” and Arnold Wesker’s “Roots,” both at the Royal Court, and John Osborne’s “Luther” at the St. James in Manhattan.

Her designs for opera included sets and costumes for the N.Y. Met’s 1977 production of “Lulu” as well as Gluck’s “Orpheus and Euridice” at Sadler’s Wells, 1967; Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” (Paris, 1977), Weill and Brecht’s “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” (also at the Met, 1979), among others.

Pics included “Tom Jones,” “O Lucky Man!,” “The Hotel New Hampshire” and “The Whales of August.”

Daughter of writer-humorist and Parliament member Alan P. Herbert, she was a Slade School of Art alum who started out as a scene painter for the Royal Court Theater in the 1950s before turning to design herself.

She is survived by a son and three daughters.

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