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WEST END THEATRE (COMEDY & DRAMA)

Original West End Theatre Posters (Comedy & Drama)

This category contains ORIGINAL posters for West End theatre productions of comedy and drama. London musicals are more likely to be listed in our Musical Theatre and Pantomime category. 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 theatre posters includes posters from the archive of a theatrical poster design company, including some original artwork.  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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BRIEF LIVES (1969) Original Theatre Poster
BRIEF LIVES (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  BRIEF LIVES             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CRITERION theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Roy Dotrice. Adapted and directed by Patrick Garland.   NOTES: Roy Dotrice took a step to Guinness world record fame on 25 February 1969, when the award-winning actor opened in Brief Lives at the Criterion. His 400 performances at this venue, combined with other touring credits, saw Dotrice claim a world record for most solo performances with a total of 1,782. Brief Lives had premiered two years earlier at the Hampstead theatre and spent two seasons on Broadway before making.....

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GBP55.00
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986) Original Theatre Poster
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS             DATE: 1986   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ALDWYCH THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Julie Covington, Susan Engel, Harry FowlHolly Aird. Directed by Michael Rudman.   NOTES: This semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon was the first in what is known as his Eugene trilogy. It premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatreon March 27, 1983. POSTER for the first West End production which opened in 1986  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Central horizontal fold line. Fine...

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GBP45.00
CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS (1969) Original Theatre Poster
CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PRINCE OF WALES, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Richard Briars, Elizabeth Seal, Murray Melvin, Victor Spinetti.   NOTES: Adapted from Un fil la patte, a French bedroom farce in three acts written by Georges Feydeau. This POSTER is for the first London production of John Mortimer's transalation, directed by Jaques Charon. Design by Russell James Associates.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Two edge tears and a few slight creases, else very good...

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GBP65.00
CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (1985) Original Theatre Poster
CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (1985) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL             DATE: 1985   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LYRIC THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Colin Blakely, Polly Hemingway, Jim Norton, Pippa Guard, Nicholas Selby, Moira Redmond. Directed by Alan Ayckbourne.   NOTES: Ayckbourn wrote the work for the 1984 summer season at his Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, where it opened on 2 May. Peter Hall, director of the National Theatre, London expressed an interest in the play and Ayckbourn modified his initial concept to suit a large-scale production. On 1 August 1985 it opened in the National's Olivier auditorium with Ayckbourn directing.....

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GBP55.00
COUNCIL OF LOVE (1970) Original Theatre Poster
COUNCIL OF LOVE (1970) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  COUNCIL OF LOVE             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 19.75 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CRITERION THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Warren Mitchell, Lally Bowers, Peter Bayliss.   NOTES: This production by John Bird of Panizza's play was the subject of an obscenity trial, being a private prosecution for blasphemy brought by Lady Birdwood. The QC appointed by the defence was the playwright and barrister, John Mortimer, who was able to get the charges dismissed on a technicality. Nevertheless, the play had a short and troubled run and POSTERS are rare.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat.....

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GBP95.00
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (1979) Original Theatre Poster
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (1979) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF             DATE: 1979   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: WYNDHAM'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Paula Moss. Directed by Avery Brookes.   NOTES: This experimental choreopoem by Ntozake Shange was initially staged in California and made its Broadway premiere in 1976. It made its West End premiere in October 1979 and broke new ground in experimental black women's theatre in Britain. Design by Barrie James. Scarce. Pinholes in corners, very slight creases, else fine.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored.....

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GBP65.00
FORTY YEARS ON (1984) Original Theatre Poster
FORTY YEARS ON (1984) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: FORTY YEARS ON             DATE: 1984   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: QUEEN'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Paul Eddington, Phyllida Law, Stephen Fry, David Horovitch, Doris Hare. Directed by Patrick Garland.   NOTES: The Chichester Festival revival of Alan Bennet's play. The production transferred to the West End, opening at the Queen's Theatre in August 1984.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Fine...

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GBP45.00
IT'S A TWO-FOOT-SIX-INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND WORLD (1970) Original Theatre Poster
IT'S A TWO-FOOT-SIX-INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND WORLD (1970) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  IT'S A TWO-FOOT-SIX-INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND WORLD             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: WYNDHAM'S theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Prunella Scales, Stephen Moore, Angharad Rees, Christopher Hancock, Antony Webb, Ralph Arliss. Directed by Val May.   NOTES: Transferred to The Wyndhams THEATRE from The Bristol Old Vic. Kevin Laffan is best known for creating the ITV soap OPERA Emmerdale Farm. His play It's a Two Foot Six Inches Above the Ground World portrays an Irish Catholic family's family planning problems. Irving Wardle in the Los Angeles Times in 1970 called it "comedy that is.....

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GBP65.00
JUDGE, The (1967) Original Theatre Poster
JUDGE, The (1967) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  JUDGE             DATE: 1967   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CAMBRIDGE theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Patrick Wymark, Patience Collier, Ernest Clark, Michael Pennington. Directed by Stuart Burge.   NOTES: First West End production of this play by John Mortimer. 1st March 1967. Design by Windsor Artists.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Very good/near fine...

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GBP55.00
KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1964) Original Theatre Poster
KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE (1964) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE:  THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE             DATE: 1964   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Beryl Reid, Eileen Atkins, Lally Bowers, Margaret Courtenay. Directed by Val May.   NOTES: Written by Frank Marcus.  A ground-breaking play which did much to advance the career of Beryl Reid in the title role. It was later filmed to good effect but it is really as a piece of theatre that it made its mark. A scarce POSTER.  CONDITION: Grade B. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new). Tear through the title and.....

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GBP85.00

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