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MUSICAL THEATRE & PANTOMIME

The Musical theatre has produced some of the best-loved and longest running thearical productions of all time.  From Rodgers and Hammerstein in the 1950s and 1960s to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in the 1970s and 1980s.  Whilst programmes and other ephemera from these productions are quite commonplace, the posters are a comparative rarity.  Unlike cinema posters, theatrical posters are produced in very small quantities, as the show usually plays in a localised venue for what is usually a very limited time span.  Theatre posters are produced in 3 main formats - the 'Playbill' (approx 20 x 12 or 20 x 13 inches), the 'double-crown' (30 x 20 inches) and the 'quad' (40 x 30 inches).  Double-crowns and quads are particularly rare.  Our collection of ORIGINAL musical theatre posters includes many posters from an Emile Littler archive which were preserved by Patrick Selby, who was for many years the production and advertising manager for Emile Littler and his Stoll Moss Empire group.  From the 1940s to the 1970s Emile Littler was the undisputed king of musical theatre and pantomime and was responsible for launching some of the musical theatre's biggest hits.  All our posters are guaranteed original and were produced to advertise the original productions.  Scroll down for a selection from our stock.

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42ND STREET (1984) Original Theatre Poster
42ND STREET (1984) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: 42ND STREET             DATE: 1984   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE, London.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL West End production which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on August 8, 1984. The career of teenaged Catherine Zeta-Jones, a chorus member was launched when a vacation and an illness felled both the actress portraying Peggy Sawyer and her understudy on a night one of the producers happened to be in the audience. Zeta-Jones filled in and was impressive enough to be cast permanently in the role shortly afterward.  Poster issued for the.....

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GBP55.00
42ND STREET (1984) Original Theatre Poster
42ND STREET (1984) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: 42ND STREET             DATE: 1984   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE, London.    NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL West End production which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on August 8, 1984. The career of teenaged Catherine Zeta-Jones, a chorus member, was launched when the actress portraying Peggy Sawyer and her understudy were both indisposed. Zeta-Jones filled in on a night one of the producers happened to be in the audience and was impressive enough to be cast permanently in the role shortly afterwards.  Laurence Olivier Awards 1984.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but.....

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ANN VERONICA (1969) Original Theatre Poster
ANN VERONICA (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANN VERONICA             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CAMBRIDGE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Arthur Lowe, Ian Lavender, Hy Hazell, Peter Reeves, Charles West, Mary Millar. Lyrics by David Croft. Music by Cyril Ornadel. Directed by David Croft.   NOTES:  Musical based on a novel by H.G. Wells, adapted by Frank Wells and Ronald Gow. It opened at the Cambridge Theatre on April 17th 1969 and ran for 44 Performances. An early David Croft production in which he used many actors who would later become famous in Croft's TV sit-coms. John Inman (unbilled) made.....

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GBP65.00
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1969) Original Advance Theatre Poster
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1969) Original Advance Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (ADVANCE)             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: NEW THEATRE St Martin's Lane, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Polly James, Barbara Hamilton, Hiram Sherman. Directed by Alan Lund. Musical based on the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The book is by Don Harron, the music is by Norman Campbell and the lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore.   NOTES:  This first London production opened on April 16, 1969, at the New Theatre, London, running for nine months.  Design by Russell James Associates. The.....

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GBP65.00
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1969) Original Theatre Poster
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: NEW THEATRE St Martin's Lane, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Polly James, Barbara Hamilton, Hiram Sherman. Directed by Alan Lund. Musical based on the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The book is by Don Harron, the music is by Norman Campbell and the lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore.   NOTES:  This first London production opened on April 16, 1969, at the New Theatre, London, running for nine months.  Design by Russell James Associates. The variant.....

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GBP55.00
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1947) Original Theatre Poster
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1947) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN             DATE: 1947   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Dolores Gray, Bill Johnson, Wendy Toye, Hal Bryan.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL London production. Annie Get Your Gun premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theater on May 16, 1946. The show had its West End premiere on June 7, 1947 at the London Coliseum, where it ran for 1,304 performances.  Dolores Gray played Annie with Bill Johnson as Frank.  An attractive poster and quite a rarity.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade.....

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GBP300.00
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1948) Original Theatre Poster
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1948) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN             DATE: 1948   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: WINTER GARDENS PAVILION, Blackpool.   PRODUCTION CREDITS:Barbara Shotter, Neville Mapp.   NOTES:  Poster for the original UK tour.  After the London opening Emile Littler took this show on a tour of UK venues in 1948.  Exact date of this production is uncertain but Barbara Shotter and Neville Mapp played the same parts at the King's Theatre, Glasgow in December 1948 and this POSTER will be of similar date.  An attractive POSTER, stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.  Very scarce, particularly in this large.....

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GBP95.00
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1949) Original Theatre Poster
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1949) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 15 x 10 inches   VENUE: EMPIRE THEATRE, Sheffield.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL UK tour.  After the opening in the West End in June 1947, Emile Littler took this show on tour.  This production at Sheffield ran for three weeks from 3rd May 1949.  Printed on card.  With original hanging chord at top, as issued.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A. VG...

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BARNUM (1981) Original Advance Theatre Poster
BARNUM (1981) Original Advance Theatre Poster

TITLE: BARNUM (ADVANCE)             DATE: 1981   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LONDON PALLADIUM, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Michael Crawford, Deborah Grant, Sarah Payne, William C. Witter. Directed by Peter Coe.   NOTES:  Poster for the West End debut on June 11, 1981 at the London Palladium, where it ran for 655 performances.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Fine...

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GBP65.00
BARNUM (1985) Original Theatre Poster
BARNUM (1985) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BARNUM             DATE: 1985   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS:  Michael Crawford.   NOTES:  Poster for the tour production of Barnum staged at the Victoria Palace Theatre, with Michael Crawford in the title role.  The show made its West End debut on June 11, 1981 at the London Palladium, where it ran for 655 performances. The London cast included Michael Crawford as P.T. Barnum, Deborah Grant as Charity Barnum and Sarah Payne as Jenny Lind. Crawford reprised his role opposite Eileen Battye in a UK Tour of the show which.....

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GBP45.00

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