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From Gilbert & Sullivan Operas to Ronnie Barker's iconic Arkwright, the cast of characters in entertainment never fails to captivate us

Background imageCast Collection: Gilbert & Sullivan Operas, D Oyly Carte Souvenir

Gilbert & Sullivan Operas, D Oyly Carte Souvenir
D Oyly Cartes Season of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, Souvenir Programme, Princes Theatre, London, 29 September 1919 - 31 January 1920, showing a large cast of characters from the operettas. 1919-1920

Background imageCast Collection: Ronnie Barker as the stuttering, miserly, lustful shopkeeper Arkwright from the BBC TV

Ronnie Barker as the stuttering, miserly, lustful shopkeeper Arkwright from the BBC TV Series Open All Hours. Pictured in character outside his corner shop

Background imageCast Collection: Fisher Street, Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Fisher Street, Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageCast Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers

Background imageCast Collection: Hominid crania

Hominid crania
L to R: Australopithecus africanus; Homo rudolfensis; H.erectus; H. heildebergensis; H. neanderthalensis and H. sapiens. Arranged in chronological order these specimens (casts)

Background imageCast Collection: Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)

Australopithecus afarensis (AL 288-1) (Lucy)
A cast of the partial skeleton (nicknamed Lucy) of Australopithecus afarensis found at the Hadar, North East Ethiopia in 1974 by Donald Johanson

Background imageCast Collection: THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney

THE HONEYMOONERS, c1955. Left to right: Cast members Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, and Joyce Randolph in a publicity photograph for the television series The Honeymooners, c1955

Background imageCast Collection: Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One

Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One, 1915. Oval cast iron segmented body with handle and split pin. Marked on base plate with grenade number and maker?s name P B and Company

Background imageCast Collection: Are You Being Served TV Programme. Cast on set August 1977

Are You Being Served TV Programme. Cast on set August 1977 Left To Right Miss Brahms ( Wendy Richard ) Mrs Slocombe ( Mollie Sugden) Mr Grainger ( Arthur Brough ), Mr Lucas ( Trevor Bannister )

Background imageCast Collection: Homo erectus (Sangiran 17), H. sapiens (?) H. neanderthalens

Homo erectus (Sangiran 17), H. sapiens (?) H. neanderthalens
L to R, cast of Homo erectus, (Sangiran 17), Sangiran, Java, 700, 000 years old; cast of recent Homo sapiens skull from South East Asia; cast of Neanderthal skull from La Ferrassie, France, 50

Background imageCast Collection: Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaws play opens in 1914

Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaws play opens in 1914
Spread from The Sketch magazine showing scenes from the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion, which opened at His Majestys Theatre, London on 11 April 1914

Background imageCast Collection: Cannon Beach, view from Ecola State Park, Oregon, USA

Cannon Beach, view from Ecola State Park, Oregon, USA

Background imageCast Collection: WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt

WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt
WW2 - A playbill for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde produced by N.A.A.F.I (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes)

Background imageCast Collection: Shell fossil collage

Shell fossil collage
Digital illustration featuring a plaster cast of a shell fossil and sand texture

Background imageCast Collection: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, 1953. American poster for film version of James Joness novel From Here to

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, 1953. American poster for film version of James Joness novel From Here to Eternity, directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1953

Background imageCast Collection: Possession is nine points of the law by Louis Wain

Possession is nine points of the law by Louis Wain
Illustration by Louis Wain showing a cat occupying a cast-off saucepan or cooking pot during snowy weather. A selection of birds, including a magpie and a blue tit bemusedly face the cat

Background imageCast Collection: Trajan Column, Rome, base portion

Trajan Column, Rome, base portion
Black and white lantern slide capturing image of the cast of the base of Trajans Column inside the Victoria and Albert Museum Cast Court

Background imageCast Collection: Coal mining by G. H. Davis

Coal mining by G. H. Davis
Coal mine working and outcrop production: how coal, so vital to every form of war industry, can be won from opencast veins at shallow depths. Date: 1944

Background imageCast Collection: Hags Head, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Hags Head, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageCast Collection: Cloud filled blue sky

Cloud filled blue sky

Background imageCast Collection: Coelophysis fossil

Coelophysis fossil
Coelophysis was one of the earliest known dinosaurs which lived 225 to 220 million years ago during the Upper Triassic. It was a small bipedal carnivore up to 3 metres in length

Background imageCast Collection: Old Time Music Hall Show

Old Time Music Hall Show
The cast of the Old Time Music Hall show from the City Varieties in Leeds take a bow; the audience, dressed in Victorian and Edwardian costume, are part of the show Date: 1960s

Background imageCast Collection: Shepherd with sheep, horse and dog

Shepherd with sheep, horse and dog
A delightful scene on a country track in Cumbria showing a lakeland shepherd carrying home a lame member of his flock, accompanied by his trusty hound and a fine white horse

Background imageCast Collection: Lincoln Assass. / Playbill

Lincoln Assass. / Playbill
The playbill found in President Abraham Lincolns box after his assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Fords Theatre

Background imageCast Collection: Woman & Aspidistra Photo

Woman & Aspidistra Photo
A woman in an enormous hat festooned with plumes & fabric sits in the garden outside her door. She rests her arm upon a small, 3 legged table on which stands an aspidistra in a pot

Background imageCast Collection: View of the River Wye and Old Wye Bridge at Chepstow

View of the River Wye and Old Wye Bridge at Chepstow
View of the River Wye (at low tide) at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. The scene is dominated by the Old Wye Bridge, constructed of cast iron during the Regency period in 1816

Background imageCast Collection: Odysseus & Tame Animals

Odysseus & Tame Animals
Odysseus and his men are amazed by a group of strangely tame wild animals - a lion licks Eurylochuss foot. Circe has cast a spell on them

Background imageCast Collection: Arion on a Dolphin

Arion on a Dolphin
A Greek poet and musician, reputed to have been cast into the sea by mariners but carried to Taenaros on a dolphins back

Background imageCast Collection: Picture shows the cast of Hair, The Musical. Far left is actor

Picture shows the cast of Hair, The Musical. Far left is actor and singer Elaine Paige, wearing a pale jumper with large medallion and dark trousers

Background imageCast Collection: Mrs Bryan Guinness (Diana Freeman Mitford) as Venus

Mrs Bryan Guinness (Diana Freeman Mitford) as Venus
Front cover photograph from The Sketch of the Hon. Mrs. Bryan Guinness, formerly the Hon. Diana Mitford, cast as the role of Venus at the Olympian Party

Background imageCast Collection: Wendy Padbury, actress who plays the role of Zoe Herriot

Wendy Padbury, actress who plays the role of Zoe Herriot, a companion of second doctor Patrick Troughton, pictured on location, 3rd May 1968

Background imageCast Collection: Cast copy of the Juno Ludovisi

Cast copy of the Juno Ludovisi
Modern cast copy of the Juno Ludovisi (Hera Ludovisi) - a colossal 1st century Roman marble head depicting an idealized and youthful Antonia Minor as the goddess Juno. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCast Collection: Caricature of Harry Paulton, actor and dramatist

Caricature of Harry Paulton, actor and dramatist
Caricature of Harry Paulton (1842-1917), actor and dramatist. Seen here outside the Avenue Theatre, London, in cloak and hat -- Manteaux Noirs; or, a Tale of the Embankment

Background imageCast Collection: Busby Berkeley montage

Busby Berkeley montage
A Busby Berkeley stage show montage featured in London Life magazine to coincide with a season of films at the National Film Theatre in 1965. Date: 1965

Background imageCast Collection: RIVERA, Diego (1886-1957). Zapotec Civilization

RIVERA, Diego (1886-1957). Zapotec Civilization. 1947. Mural Pre-Hispanic Mexico and Colony in the corridor of the north wall. Detail

Background imageCast Collection: The Embankment, London on wet night with Policeman and Trams

The Embankment, London on wet night with Policeman and Trams
A truly superb postcard photograph of The Embankment, London on wet night. The lights cast a strange eerie glow on the scene, magnified through the windows of a row of parked trams

Background imageCast Collection: Messrs Vickers Iron Foundry - Barrow-in-Furness

Messrs Vickers Iron Foundry - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageCast Collection: A moment from the final scenes of What A Crazy World (1963)

A moment from the final scenes of What A Crazy World (1963)
The main cast and onlookers on set of WHAT A CRAZY WORLD (1963)based on a play by Alan Klein and directed by Michael Carreras

Background imageCast Collection: London Life cover - On the Level - 1960s fashions

London Life cover - On the Level - 1960s fashions
Front cover of London Life magazine showing three cast members from a new musical, On The Level (about a GCE scandal) which opened in London on 19 April 1966

Background imageCast Collection: Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Young man in white shirt and blue jeans jumping

Background imageCast Collection: Marsh Daisy (Armeria maritima), coast at Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Marsh Daisy (Armeria maritima), coast at Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageCast Collection: Australopithecine or Homo habilis foot (OH8) cast

Australopithecine or Homo habilis foot (OH8) cast
Cast of a near complete foot (OH 8) from an Australopthecus or Homo habilis discovered at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania by Louis Leakey in 1960. It dates back to 1.75 million years ago

Background imageCast Collection: Homo rudolfensis (KNM-ER 1470) Homo habilis (KNM-ER 1813)

Homo rudolfensis (KNM-ER 1470) Homo habilis (KNM-ER 1813)
On the left, KNM-ER 1470 (also attributed to H. rudolfensis). On the right, KNM-ER 1813. Both skulls are about 2 million years old. Held at The Natural History Museum, London

Background imageCast Collection: Mans body plaster cast inside Macellum, Pompeii, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mans body plaster cast inside Macellum, Pompeii, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campania, Italy, Europe

Background imageCast Collection: Nicholas Lyndhurst (left) and David Jason who all appear in the BBC TV comedy series

Nicholas Lyndhurst (left) and David Jason who all appear in the BBC TV comedy series " Only Fools and Horses". 14th February 1985

Background imageCast Collection: Diplodocus Carnegii - Reptile Gallery, Natural History Museu

Diplodocus Carnegii - Reptile Gallery, Natural History Museu
Cast of Diplodocus Carnegii - Reptile Gallery, British Natural History Museum, Kensington, County of London, England. Date: 1910s

Background imageCast Collection: The Bing Boys are Here, 1916

The Bing Boys are Here, 1916
Scenes from the popular revue, The Bing Boys are Here starring Alfred Lester, George Robey, Lillian Davies and Blanche Stocker. The show was one of the most popular of the Great War period. Date: 1916

Background imageCast Collection: First Royal Variety Show dress rehersal, 1912

First Royal Variety Show dress rehersal, 1912
The dress rehearsal for the first Royal Variety Show performance at the Palace Theatre, 1912, which was attended by many celebrities



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From Gilbert & Sullivan Operas to Ronnie Barker's iconic Arkwright, the cast of characters in entertainment never fails to captivate us. Whether it's a D'Oyly Carte Souvenir or a hilarious sitcom like 'The Honeymooners, ' these talented individuals bring stories to life and leave an indelible mark on our hearts. Just as Fisher Street in Doolin, County Clare stands proudly in Europe, the hominid crania remind us of our ancient origins - from Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy) to Homo erectus and possibly even Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. As we marvel at the Trajan Column in Rome or gaze upon the Archaeopteryx fossil in Berlin, we are reminded that history has its own cast of characters who shaped our world. And let's not forget about the beloved TV show 'Are You Being Served?' where the cast brought laughter into our homes back in August 1977. So as we look up at a cloud-filled blue sky, let us appreciate both past and present casts who have enriched our lives with their talent.