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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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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1998) Original Theatre Poster
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1998) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST             DATE: 1998   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: DOMINION THEATRE,Tottenham Court Road, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS:  Julie Alanah Brighton, Alasdair Harvey, Burke Moses, Derek Griffiths.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL West End production which opened at London's Dominion Theatre on April 29, 1997 and closed on December 11, 1999. Best New Musical - Olivier Awards 1998.  This poster was issued post awards (1998).   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  MINT...

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BEGGAR'S OPERA, The (1968) Original Theatre Poster
BEGGAR'S OPERA, The (1968) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE BEGGAR'S OPERA             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: APOLLO THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Frances Cuka, John Cater, Hy Hazel, James Cossins, Peter Gilmore. Directed by Toby Robertson.   NOTES:  Billed as 'London's Bawdiest Musical' this musical adaptation of John Gay's Beggar's OPERA opened at the Apollo Theatre on September 12, 1968.  Design by Russell James Associates.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Fine...

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GBP45.00
BEGGAR'S OPERA, The (1968) Original Theatre Poster (Designer's Proof)
BEGGAR'S OPERA, The (1968) Original Theatre Poster (Designer's Proof)

TITLE: BEGGAR'S OPERA, The             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 21 x 14 inches   VENUE: APOLLO THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Frances Cuka, John Cater, Hy Hazel, James Cossins, Peter Gilmore. Directed by Toby Robertson.   NOTES:  Billed as 'London's Bawdiest Musical' this musical adaptation of John Gay's Beggar's Opera opened at the APOLLO Theatre on September 12, 1968.  Design by Russell James Associates. This is the untrimmed designer's and printerís proof and the extra width in the margins would be an advantage to framing and display.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Slight.....

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GBP45.00
BELLE STARR (1969) Original Theatre Poster
BELLE STARR (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BELLE STARR             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PALACE THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Betty Grable, Valerie Walsh, Ray Chiarella, Blayne Barribgton, Michael Hawkins. Music and Lyrics by Steve Allen. Directed by Jerry Schafer.   NOTES:  Betty Grable travelled to London to star in this Jerry Schafer production About the eponymous female outlaw. It opened at the Palace Theatre on 30th April 1969 and ran for only 12 performances. The musical was a spectacular flop. Consequently, the planned transfer to Broadway never took place and the project was abandoned.  A scarce POSTER. .....

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GBP70.00
BLACK MIKADO (1975) Original Theatre Poster
BLACK MIKADO (1975) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BLACK MIKADO             DATE: 1975   FORMAT: 20 x 13.25 inches   VENUE: CAMBRIDGE theatre Earlham Street, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Michael Denison, Derek Griffiths, Val Pringle, Patricia Ebigwei, Floella Bemjamin, Norman Beaton. Directed by Braham Murray.   NOTES:  Musical comedy with an all black cast, based on Gilbert and Sullivan's  operetta. The show premiered on 24 April 1975 at the Cambridge Theatre in London, where it ran for 472 performances. Cast included  Patti Boulaye (under the name Patricia Ebigwei).   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Fine...

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GBP70.00
BLOCKHEADS (1983) Original Theatre Poster
BLOCKHEADS (1983) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BLOCKHEADS             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: MERMAID THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Mark Hadfield, Kenneth H. Waller. Directed by ARTHUR Whitelaw.   NOTES:  This musical based on the lves of Laurel and Hardy opened at the Mermaid Theatre on October 17, 1984 and closed on November 3, 1984 after only 19 performances.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Fine...

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GBP40.00
BUGSY MALONE (1983) Original Double-Crown Theatre Poster
BUGSY MALONE (1983) Original Double-Crown Theatre Poster

TITLE: BUGSY MALONE             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jeremy Gilley, Wayne Goddard, Joiese Waller, Jo Wyatt, Jonathan Rees, Warren Saire, Dominic Murphy, Gail McLean, Frances Joyce, Gavin Lee and Catherine Zeta-Jones (aged 13). Directed by Micky Dolenz.   NOTES:  Paul Williams' much loved musical. ORIGINAL London Production opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on 23 May 1983 and ran for 300 performances. Rare double-crown size. Design by Barrie James.  CONDITION: Grade A. One horizontal fold. Fine...

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GBP50.00
BUGSY MALONE (1983) Original Theatre Poster
BUGSY MALONE (1983) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: BUGSY MALONE             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jeremy Gilley, Wayne Goddard, Joiese Waller, Jo Wyatt, Jonathan Rees, Warren Saire, Dominic Murphy, Gail McLean, Frances Joyce, Gavin Lee and Catherine Zeta-Jones (aged 13). Directed by Micky Dolenz.   NOTES:  Paul Williams' much loved musical. ORIGINAL London Production opened at Her Majesty's Theatre on 23 May 1983 and ran for 300 performances. Design by Barrie James.  CONDITION: Grade A-. Central horizontal fold line, small stain to reverse side. Very good...

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GBP45.00
CABARET TIME (1965) Original Theatre Poster
CABARET TIME (1965) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CABARET TIME             DATE: 1965   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LATIN QUARTER THEATRE RESTAURANT, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Faye Fisher, Matane, Steve Burton, The Latin Quarter Dancers. Staged by David Toguri.   NOTES:  Poster for London's risque nightclub, The Latin Quarter. Dates from circa 1965.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine/near mint...

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GBP85.00
CARD (1973) Original Theatre Poster
CARD (1973) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE CARD             DATE: 1973   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: QUEEN'S THEATRE Shaftesbury Avenue, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jim Dale, Millicent Martin, Joan Hickson, Marti Webb, Eleanor Bron. Directed by Val May. Choreography by Gillian Lynne. Music and lyrics by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent.   NOTES:  Adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall from a novel by Arnold Bennett. Cameron Mackintosh's West End production opened on July 24, 1973 at the Queen's Theatre where it ran for 130 performances. POSTER by Dewynters is a striking design of red, black and white printed on a gold.....

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GBP65.00

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