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Theatre Playbills and Posters

Theatre Map cabinet 792.09 P722

 

Note

Most of these playbills and posters were acquired by Miss Floy Angel Nan (Angel) Symon and bequeathed to the Library in 1976 as part of the Allan Wilkie - Frediswyde Hunter-Watts Theatre Collection. A small number of posters from later donations have been integrated within the series.

Contents Listing

1. Theatre U.K. (1769-1955)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1769

Minor
The Author

 

Theatre Frankfort-Gate, (Plymouth?), 1770

King Richard III
The Conjurer, or, The Transmutation & Adventures of Harlequin

Company from the Theatres Royal

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1803

The Orphan
Love and Magic

 

Surrey Theatre,
1811

Il Bondocani, or, the Caliph Robber
The Mad Cap, or, a Visit to the Opera
Branksome Castle

 

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1812

Coriolanus, or, The Roman Matron
La Perouse, or, The Desolate Island

Mrs. Siddons' last performance

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1813

Coriolanus, or, The Roman Matron
Bombaftes Furioso
At Home

 

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, 1819

Merchant of Venice
Of Age To-Morrow

 

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, 1819

King Richard III
The Hunter of the Alps

Mr. Kean

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1825 Der Freischutz
The Camp
The Panel

Mr Mercer
Mr Bedford
Mr Noble
Mr W. Bennett
[Donated by Ray Choate 2013]

Theatre Royal, Liverpool, 1827

A New Way to Pay Old Debts
Love & Reason

Mr. Kean

Theare Royal, Covent Garden, 1831 Maid of Judah
Highland Reel

Mr Morley
Mr Wilson
Mr Keeley
Miss Inverarity
[Donated by Ray Choate 2013]

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1832

Othello
St. Patrick's Eve, or The Order of the Day

Mr. Kean
Mr. Macready

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1836

Romeo & Juliet
Katherine & Petruchio

Charles Kemble's last performance

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1836

Julius Caesar
Thalaba the Destroyer, or, The Burning Sword

 

Royal Pantheon Theatre (Strand), 1838

Richard III
The Spitalfields Weaver

 

Royal Pantheon Theatre (Strand), 1839

Othello
Weathercock

Mr. Landon

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1839

Richelieu, or, The Conspiracy
The Invincibles

Verso consists of a  playbill for "The Duenna" (comic opera) & "The Little Hunchback" (comic ballet)

Theartre (sic), Gravesend,
1839

Othello
Harlequin and Merry Thought, or, Clown's Dish of All Sorts
The Spitalfields Weaver

Theatres Royal, London

Covent Garden Theatre??

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1839

Jealous Wife!
Single Life
John Jones

Mr. W. Farren

Victoria Theatre,
1840

Magna Charta, or, The Birthright of Britons
Baron Munchausen, or, Harlequin & the Genii of the Green Island

 

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1840

Mary Stuart
My Lord is Not My Lord
Harlequin Jack Sheppard, or, The Blossom of Tyburn Tree

 

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1844

Bohemian Girl
Harlequin & King Pepin, or, Valentine & Orson (pantomime)
Richard III

 

** Playbill kept in Opera U.K. 1837-49 folder **
® Mr Charles Kean

Theatre Royal, Brighton (U.K.), 1849

Anchor of Hope, or, The Seaman's Star
Wanted to Marry, or, Game to the Last
Margaret Catchpole, or, the Female Horse Stealer

 

Royal Soho Theatre, Soho, 1851

Wild Oats
Hamlet (Third Act)
Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady (a comedietta)

Mr. Frederic Robinson

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1851

The Man of Law
Princess Radiant, or, The Story of Mayflower

 

Theatre Royal, Hay-Market, 1851

Beggar's Opera
Princess Radiant, or, the Story of Mayflower
The Two Bonnycastles
Man of Law

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1851

Duke's Wager
A Model of a Wife
Alhambra, or, The Three Beautiful Princesses.

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1853

The Lancers, or, The Gentleman's Son
Marco Spada

 

Royal Lyceum Theatre, 1854

Bachelor of Arts
Once Upon a Time ThereWere Two Kings
Patter versus Clatter

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, June 26th, 1854

From Village to Court
Courier of Lyons
Halt of the Ballet, or, Dancing for Life

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, July 1st, 1854

From Village to Court
Courier of Lyons
Halt of the Ballet, or, Dancing for Life

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1855

Louis the Eleventh
Harlequin & Blue Beard, The Great Bashaw ...

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1856

The Inconstant, or, The Way to Win Him
El Gambusino (ballet pantomime)
Grimshaw, Bagshaw and Bradshaw
My Little Adopted

 

®    With Senora Perea Nena

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1856

The Balance of Comfort
The Inconstant; or The Way to Win Him
The Star of Andalusa (ballet)
A Comical Countess
The Galician Fete (ballet)

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, London
2 copies
1856

The Winter's Tale
The Victor Vanquished

Charles Kean

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1856

Midsummer Night's Dream
Our Wife, or, The Rose of Amiens

 

Royal Victoria Theatre, 1856

Yew-Tree Ruins; or, The Wreck the Miser, & the Murderer
Mark the Blacksmith
Stage-Struck Lovers
The Mouse
Woodman & His Dogs

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1857

The Lady of Lyons
Babes in the Wood, or, Harlequin and the Cruel Uncle

Mr. Murdoch

Royal Victoria Theatre, 1857

Wreck of the Royal George
Watchman of New York
Abbot of St. Paul's
The Dancing Scotchman
Peer and the Peasant

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1858

Thirty-Three Next Birthday
Macbeth

Mr. Charles Kean's farewell season

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

Twelfth Night
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return From Canton (ballet sketch)
Make Your Wills

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

As You Like It
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return From Canton

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

Much Ado About Nothing
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return From Canton

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

Love Chase
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return From Canton
My Husband's Ghost

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

Much Ado About Nothing
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return from Canton
My Husband's Ghost

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

School for Scandal
Pluto & Proserpine, or The Belle & the Pomegranate
Jack's Return From Canton (a ballet sketch)

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1858

Hunchback
Pluto & Proserpine
Jack's Return From Canton

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, 1859

The Corsican Brothers
A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1859

As You Like It
The Rifle & How to Use It
Hallowe'en

 

Theatre Royal at Sadler's Wells, 1861

Winter's Tale
Sinbad the Sailor...

 

Surrey Theatre, 1861

Julius Caesar
Werner
Othello
Power of Truth

Surrey Company
Guest : Mr. Phelps (snr)

Theatre Royal, Westminster, 1863

The Trial of Effie Deans
Lady Bird, or, Harlequin Lord Dundreary

 

Royal Olympic Theatre, Strand, 1863

My Wife's Relations
Ticket-of-Leave Man

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, c1865

Lady of Lyons
Ixion, or, The Man at the Wheel
Not a Bad Judge

 

Royal Princess's Theatre, Oxford Street, c1865

The Rendezvous
King Henry the Eighth
Too Much of a Good Thing
Corsican Brothers
Louis XI
Thrice Married

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865




Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865

Ixion
Fra Angelo
Middy Ashore
Hamlet
Lady of Lyons
Thrice Married
Not a Bad Judge


Othello!
Bonnie Fishwife!
Lady of Lyons
Ixion!

 





Ira Aldridge
Walter Montgomery

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865

Lady of Lyons
King John
Ixion

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865

The Rendezvous
Fra Angelo
Alfred
Ixion

"Last nights of the management of Mr. Walter Montgomery"

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865

The Middy Ashore
Iron Chest
The Bonnie Fishwife
Lady of Lyons
Thrice Married
Fra Angelo
Ixion

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1865

The Rendezvous
Merchant of Venice
The Lady of Lyons
Ixion

"Positively the last nights of Mr. Walter Montgomery's management"

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1866

Hamlet
Faust
Katherine & Petruchio
Number Nip

 

Princess's Theatre, 1867

Poor Pillicoddy
Arrah-Na-Pogue, or, The Wicklow Wedding
No. 1, Round the Corner

Mr. & Mrs. Dion Boucicault

Gaiety Theatre, Strand, 1877

Bohemian G'yurl

The Gaiety Company

Gaiety Theatre, Strand, 1877

Romeo and Juliet

Printed on verso of above playbill

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1929

A Nice Read in Bed
Kate in the Call Box
Sir Nigel's Nightmare, or, the Mutiny Against Macheath

 

Everyman Theatre, Hampstead, 1930

The Wild Duck / Ibsen

Everyman Theatre Guild

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh, 1953

Fotheringham

Lauriston Company, Edinburgh Festival, 1953

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, c1955

Someone Waiting
Friendly Relations
The Little Hut
Affairs of State

 

The Penguin Players

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, c1955

As Long as They're Happy
Waiting for Gillian
Both Ends Meet
Black Coffee
Escapade

 

The Penguin Players

Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, c1955

Dear Charles
The Sleeping Prince
Johnny Belinda
It's Never Too Late

 

The Penguin Players

2. Theatre U.K. (undated)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Lady of Lyons
Not a Bad Judge
Ixion
Still Waters Run Deep, & Ixion
The Honeymoon, & Ixion
Fra Angelo (active rehearsal)

 

 

 

 

Astley's (London)

The Merchant's Steed of Syracuse

 

Theatre [Royal], London

Jacobite
Liberty
The Maid and the Magpie, or, The Fatal Spoon

 

Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Beaux' Stratagem
El Gambusino, or, the Mexican Gold Seeker (ballet)
Spanish Serjeant (ballet)
Charles the Second

 

Perea Nena & Manuel Perez

National Theatre (U.K.)

Julius Caesar

National Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre

Pèllèas et Mèlisande

Sarah Bernhardt
Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Fishermen's Hall,
Ferryden (Scotland)

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
Rose o' Tralee
Riders to the Sea
"Old Mother Riley -
Stands for Parliament"
Smilin' Thru'

 

The
Kinloch
Players

Public Hall, Fettercairn (Scotland)
2 copies

The Banks o' Allain Water
Nurse Cavell
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Rose o' Tralee
Old Mother Riley Goes to Hollywood
Wuthering Heights

 

The
Kinloch
Players

? The Amphitheatre (behind the Beer Garden!)

Stripped for Action

2 Corps Revue

Theatre Royal, Haymarket

A Family Failing
Money

 

Theatre R[oyal?], London

 

Naval Engagements
Whitebait at Greenwich
The Invisible Prince

Miss Fanny Young
Mr. G.W. Daniels

3. Australian Theatre (1839, 1858, 1948, 1992 & undated)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Royal Victoria Theatre (Sydney), 1839

Therese, or, The Orphan of Geneva
Shocking Events
Chaos is Come Again, or, The Race Ball.

 

(photocopies)

Royal Victoria Theatre
(Sydney), 1839

Tempest, or, The Enchanted Island
Whistler, or, The Fate of the Lily of St. Leonards

 

(photocopies)

American Hippodrome
(Melbourne)
July 6 1858

792.09
P722
3/1858.1

 

"Wonder-inspiring feats nightly!"

Mr. James Hernandez (equestrian)
Young Raphael
Master John Armstrong
The Wild Indian, or the Prairie Roamer (equestrian)
Monsieur & Madame Denny

The Australia, Angus Street, Adelaide, 1948

Rope

The Jonathan Davies Players,
starring Keith Michell

Union Hall, Adelaide University, 1992

Three Sisters

Theatre Guild, University of Adelaide

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Simpson & Co.
Douglass (5th Act)
Parents & Guardians

 

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Don Caesar Dr. Bazan
Peculiar Position
Cousin Cherry
Daughter of the Regiment (opera)
Lola Montez in Bavaria

 

 

 

Lola Montez

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Honeymoon
Uncle John
The Corsican Brothers
The Mirror of Beauty

Mr. G.H. Rogers
Mr. Henry N. Warner
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Poole

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

School for Scandal
Widow's Victim
El Olle (dance)

Madame Lola Montez

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

School for Scandal
Nipped in the Bud
Spider Dance

Madame Lola Montez

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Follies of a Night
102, or, the Veteran and his Progeny
Antony and Cleopatra
El Olle

Madame Lola Montez

Alexandra Theatre, Melbourne

Every Man for Himself

Miss May Holt

Princess Theatre, Melbourne

(Benefit of Mr. Henry Burton)
Timour the Tartar
Battle of Bosworth Field

 

Theatre Royal, Ballarat

Fair One with the Golden Locks
Monsieur Jacques
A Capital Match

 

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

(Benefit of Mr. G.H.Rogers)
Married Life
Merchant of Venice

 

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Much Ado About Nothing
Spoiled Child

 

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Hamlet
Sudden Thoughts
Bride of Lammermoor
School for Scandal
The Spider Dance

 

 

Madame Lola Montez

Theatre Royal, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Gamester
Invincibles (operetta)
The Corsican Brothers

 

Prince of Wales Opera House, Sydney

Captain of the Vulture, or A Dead Resemblance
Rough Diamond

Miss Cleveland

 

4. Theatre, Other

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark, 1954

Hamlet Festival

Old Vic Company

Opera House
(Johannesburg/Cape Town?)

The Circus Girl

Mr. George Edwardes' Third Gaiety Musical Comedy Company

Eden Theatre (France)

La Tempete

La Comedie de Saint-Etienne

5. Opera U.K. (1837-44)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Royal Surrey Theatre,
1837

Comus
Der Freischütz
Farmer's Daughter

Adelphi Company
Mr. H. Phillips
Mr. Wilson
Miss Betts
Mr. Cooper

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1843

Bohemian Girl
White Cat & a Musical Melange

Facsimile handprinted on linen tea towel.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1844

Bohemian Girl
Harlequin & King Pepin, or, Valentine & Orson (pantomime)
Richard III

 

 

Mr Charles Kean

6. Opera Australia (1839, 1956)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Royal Victoria Theatre,
Sydney, 1839

Tom and Jerry, or, Life in London
The Spitfire (a farce)

 

Theatre Royal, Adelaide, 1956

2 copies

The Marriage of Figaro
The Magic Flute
Don Giovanni
Cosi Van Tutte

The Australian Opera Company
with
TheSouth Australian Symphony Orchestra

7. Opera Australia (undated)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Sydney

Pipele
Nabucco

? Opera Company

Theatre Royal, Melbourne

Lucia di Lammermoor
Capital Match

Miss Catherine Hayes

8. Ballet/Dance U.K.

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Theatre Royal, Haymarket

The Captives (ballet)

Money
A Family Failing
The Dumb Belle
School for Scandal

Senora Perea Nena & her Company of Spanish Dancers

Empire Theatre, Edinburgh.

L Boutique Fantisque
Miracle in the Gorbals
Symphonic Variations
Clock Symphony
Scenes de Ballet
Mam'zelle Angot
Coppelia
Checkmate
Les Sylphides
Job
Three-Cornered Hat

 

 

 

The Sadler's Wells Ballet

9. Ballet/Dance, Australia (1980-1982)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

The Balcony Theatre,
Gouger Street, Adelaide, 1980

Paz in Perspective : an interpretation in contemporary dance of the poetry of Octavia Paz

Sarah Blunden

The Balcony Theatre,
Gouger Street, Adelaide, 1982

Champagne Fairs "Mates"
(Dance, Music, Theatre)

Sponsored by Dance, S.A.C.A.E.

10. Ballet/Dance Australia (undated)

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Minerva
2 copies

Kirsova Ballet Season

 

Conservatorium

Hänsel & Gretel (world premiere)
The Revolution of the Umbrellas

The Kirsova Ballet
(in aid of Legacy War Orphans Appeal)

Scott Theatre, [Adelaide]

Under the Skin

Don Asker and Dancers
Human Veins Dance Theatre

?

Concerto Grosso
Spirals
One in Five
Pas de Deux
The Tempest

West Australian Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of Garth Welch

The Parks Community Centre, Angle Park, S.A.

 

Henry Yu and Dancers of the BA Dance course at Adelaide College of Arts and Education

?

Swan Lake
(new version by Anne Woolliams)

Australian Ballet

11. Ballet/Dance, Other

Venue

Event

Company / featured artists / notes

Teatr Wielki w Poznaniu, Poland, 1947

The Sadler's Wells Ballet

Opery Królewskiej Covent Garden w Londynie

Revised August 2008
Cheryl Hoskin

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