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Theatrical Collection

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Background imageTheatrical Collection: The Butterfly by Barribal

The Butterfly by Barribal
Gorgeous and sumptuous illustration by William Barribal featuring a woman dressed as a butterfly. Date: 1914

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Sherlock Holmes theatre poster

Sherlock Holmes theatre poster
Theatrical poster advertising a production of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Background imageTheatrical Collection: The Yeoman of the Guard by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

The Yeoman of the Guard by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Promotional postcard for The Yeomen of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert; music Arthur Sullivan. First produced Savoy Theatre, 3rd October 1888

Background imageTheatrical Collection: ballerina's back 2

ballerina's back 2
Young beautiful ballerina is posing in studio. Alexander Yakovlev

Background imageTheatrical Collection: No, No Nanette by Frank Mandel

No, No Nanette by Frank Mandel
Promotional postcard for No No Nanette by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach and Irving Caesar; music Vincent Youmans. (Globe Theatre, New York, 16th September 1925)

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Promotional postcard for Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. First produced in England at His Majestys Theatre, 11th April 1914

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Downey

Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Downey
Madame Sarah Bernhardt as Theodora - photograph by Messrs Downey. Date: 1894

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Cartoon, Rev Stewart Headlam

Cartoon, Rev Stewart Headlam, The Church and Stage Guild. The Guild was formed in May 1879 with a view to breaking down prejudice against the theatre and its performers

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Black and white minstrels

Black and white minstrels
A fashion shoot featuring the Black & White Minstrels in Tatler, 1962. The outfit worn by the model in the middle is a white silk, two-piece

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Portrait of a geisha holding an ornate umbrella at

Portrait of a geisha holding an ornate umbrella at Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine, which is lined with hundreds of red torii gates, Kyoto, Kansai region, Honshu, Japan, Asia

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds

Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds
5917334 Handbill advertising a performance of Hamlet at the Theatre, Leeds, 9th November 1843 (print) by English School, (19th century)

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Waldorf Theatre, London

Waldorf Theatre, London
Promotional postcard for the Waldorf Theatre, London. Designed by the well known theatre architect W. G. R. Sprague it originally opened in 1905 as the Waldorf Theatre

Background imageTheatrical Collection: A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt

A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt
Promotional postcard for A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt. First produced at the Athenaeum, Glasgow, 23rd April 1909 and Comedy Theatre, 4th September 1912

Background imageTheatrical Collection: La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess

La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess
Promotional postcard for La Poupee, a comic operetta by Arthur Sturgess from the French of Maurice Ordonneau (Theatre de la Gaiete, Paris, 21st October 1896); music Edmond Audran

Background imageTheatrical Collection: The Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

The Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Promotional postcard for the Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, first produced Savoy Theatre, 14th March 1885 Date: circa 1885

Background imageTheatrical Collection: St. Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan

St. Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan
St.Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan Lake

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Gracie Fields Home and Orphanage, Peacehaven, Sussex

Gracie Fields Home and Orphanage, Peacehaven, Sussex
Children and staff stand in front of the orphanage and childrens home at Peacehaven in East Sussex. The home was opened in 1933 by the singing star Gracie Fields to care for the children of parents

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Richard D Oyly Carte (colour litho)

Richard D Oyly Carte (colour litho)
583304 Richard D Oyly Carte (colour litho) by Ward, Leslie Matthew (Spy) (1851-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: Richard D Oyly Carte)

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Rubinstein Plays Piano

Rubinstein Plays Piano
ANTON RUBINSTEIN over-enthusiastic pianist plays a tune. So caught up in his performance he is lifted bodily from the stool, long hair & coat-tails flying

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper)

Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper)
XCF282036 Covent Garden Theatre, 1786 (pen and ink with wash on paper) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Margaret Rawlings, actress, (1906-1996) theatrical and informal portraits

Margaret Rawlings, actress, (1906-1996) theatrical and informal portraits. Captioned, White in a single night'. With description, A camera-study of Margaret Rowlings

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Four Fairy Costumes for 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'

Four Fairy Costumes for "A Midsummer Nights Dream"
SC36463 Four Fairy Costumes for " A Midsummer Nights Dream" produced by Robert Courtneidge at the Princes Theatre, Manchester, 1896-1903 by Wilhelm, C

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Ballerina at class

Ballerina at class
Young beautiful ballet dancer is posing in studio. Alexander Yakovlev

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Roy Tempest, Theatrical Agent, London, 21st April 1964

Roy Tempest, Theatrical Agent, London, 21st April 1964

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Flo Dixie - impersonating a male army officer

Flo Dixie - impersonating a male army officer
Flo Dixie, Music Hall Performer - impersonating a male army officer. Known as the bantam male impersonator'. Dressed as an army officer with cane, monocle and cigar. Signed card.. Date: circa 1921

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Cartoon, Henry Jameson Turner, actor

Cartoon, Henry Jameson Turner, actor
Cartoon, Henry Jameson Turner -- A Strand Veteran. He was the longest-serving actor at the Strand Theatre, London, and also ran a theatrical agency. 1883

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Stage Manager

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Stage Manager. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageTheatrical Collection: A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt
Promotional postcard for A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt. First produced at the Criterion Theatre, 23rd February 1914

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Mind The Step revue by Charles Baldwin and Harry Richardson

Mind The Step revue by Charles Baldwin and Harry Richardson
Promotional postcard for Mind The Step revue by Charles Baldwin and Harry Richardson. First produced at the Islington Empire, 10th May 1915

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Richard Harris - Irish actor

Richard Harris - Irish actor
Richard Harris (1930-2002), Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. Date: 1966

Background imageTheatrical Collection: OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949

OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949
A midsummer diversion in an Oxford garden: the Oxford University Drama Societys production of Shakespeares The Tempest in the grounds of Worcester College, 1949

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Sicilian Puppets

Sicilian Puppets
Artist: Freedman, Barnett - Title: Sicilian Puppets - Date: 1933 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 100.3 x 62.2

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Jennie Benson music hall comedienne and mimic

Jennie Benson music hall comedienne and mimic
Jennie Benson comedienne and mimic. Known for her character studies. Dressed as a soldier during the First World War in greatcoat and cap, smoking a cigarette. Signed card. Date: circa 1917

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Chung Ling Soo (real name William Robinson)

Chung Ling Soo (real name William Robinson). The other side of the previously shown circular flyer showing a portrait of Soo in the centre of a Willow Pattern Plate

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Bluebell in Fairyland by Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss

Bluebell in Fairyland by Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss
Flyer for the revival of the musical Bluebell in Fairyland on 26th December 1927 at The Scala Theatre, by Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss, with music by Walter Slaughter

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Cartoon, theatre managers and Queen Victoria

Cartoon, theatre managers and Queen Victoria
Cartoon, theatre managers (Irving, Toole, James and Bancroft) besieging Queen Victoria at Windsor. Now that a rumour has gone abroad that Her Majesty will one more give theatrical entertainments at

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein

Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein
Promotional postcard for Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein; music Rudolf Friml & Herbert Stothart. First produced in England, at Drury Lane

Background imageTheatrical Collection: On and Off by Fred Karno

On and Off by Fred Karno
Promotional postcard for On and Off revue by Fred Karno, circa 1909 Date: circa 1909

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Funny Face by Fred Thomson & Paul Gerard Smith

Funny Face by Fred Thomson & Paul Gerard Smith
Promotional postcard for Funny Face by Fred Thomson and Paul Gerard Smith; lyrics Ira Gershwin; music George Gershwin which was first produced in the Princes Theatre on 8th November 1928

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Dorma Leigh in 1920

Dorma Leigh in 1920
Dorma Leigh (1890 - ?), British stage performer, appearing here in The Whirligig, at the Palace Theatre, London. 1920

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Portrait of William Shakespeare - English Playwright and poet

Portrait of William Shakespeare - English Playwright and poet
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) - English playwright and poet. Date: circa 1605

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Charles Morton

Charles Morton
CHARLES MORTON Theatrical impresario, known as The Father of the Halls from his association with the Canterbury, Oxford, Alhambra and the Palace music halls. Date: 1819 - 1904

Background imageTheatrical Collection: GREECE: THEATRICAL MASK. Ancient Greek bronze mask of tragedy

GREECE: THEATRICAL MASK. Ancient Greek bronze mask of tragedy

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Maskelyne and Cookes 'The Artists Dream'. John Nevil Maskelyne and George Co

Maskelyne and Cookes "The Artists Dream". John Nevil Maskelyne and George Co
Maskelyne and Cookes " The Artists Dream". John Nevil Maskelyne and George Cooke, presented for the first time to a West End audience an entertainment they had been giving for several years

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Costume Design for Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Costume Design for Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3060378 Costume Design for Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1914 (w/c & gouache on paper) by Brailovsky, Leonid Mihhaylovich (1867-1937); The Museum of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Joseph Harker in his scenery painting studio

Joseph Harker in his scenery painting studio
Renowned scenery painter, Joseph Harker, seen in his studio with one of his four sons. Harker was the foremost firm for scenery painting in the London theatre world. Date: 1924

Background imageTheatrical Collection: Swan Lake - Robert Helpmann as Prince Siegfried

Swan Lake - Robert Helpmann as Prince Siegfried
Ballet dancer Robert Helpmann (1909-1986) in the role of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Le Lac des Cygnes) at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London (Sadlers Wells Ballet). Date: 1946

Background imageTheatrical Collection: The Folly Theatre, Peter Street, Manchester

The Folly Theatre, Peter Street, Manchester
Promotional postcard showing a playbill of the acts playing at the Folly Theatre of Varieties, (known as the Folly) Peter Street, Manchester for the week commencing Monday, 24th March 1889



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Step into the world of theatrical wonders, where imagination takes center stage. From the captivating Sherlock Holmes theatre poster to George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, each production offers a glimpse into a different realm. In this vibrant collage of artistry, even cartoons like Rev Stewart Headlam's creation come alive with their own dramatic flair. The Black and White Minstrels add rhythm and melody to the theatrical tapestry, while Madame Sarah Bernhardt mesmerizes as Theodora in an enchanting photograph by Downey. The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan transports us to a whimsical land filled with laughter and song. A portrait captures the elegance of a geisha holding an ornate umbrella, showcasing both beauty and tradition. A handbill advertising Hamlet at the Theatre in Leeds beckons audiences to witness Shakespearean brilliance unfold before their eyes. Meanwhile, the Waldorf Theatre in London stands tall as a beacon of entertainment for all who seek escape from reality. Graham Moffatt's A Scrape of the Pen delves into thought-provoking narratives that challenge societal norms. La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess invites us into a world where dolls hold secrets waiting to be discovered. Across continents, in St. Petersburg Russia, ballet dancers grace the stage during Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake performance - their movements embodying grace and passion. These glimpses behind-the-scenes remind us that theater is not just about what happens on stage but also about capturing moments that transcend time itself, and is through these theatrical hints that we are transported to worlds unknown – where dreams become reality and emotions run wild.