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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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SOUND OF MUSIC (1961) Original Theatre Poster
SOUND OF MUSIC (1961) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE SOUND OF MUSIC             DATE: 1961   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PALACE THEATRE, Cambridge Circus, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Music and Lyrics by Rogers and Hammerstein.   NOTES: Rare poster for the ORIGINAL London production of The Sound of Music. The musical premiered in London's West End at the Palace Theatre on May 18, 1961, and ran for 2,385 performances. It was directed by Jerome Whyte and used the ORIGINAL New York choreography, supervised by Joe Layton, and the original sets designed by Oliver Smith. The cast included Jean Bayliss as Maria. Quite simply one.....

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GBP285.00
STARLIGHT EXPRESS (1984) Original Theatre Poster
STARLIGHT EXPRESS (1984) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: STARLIGHT EXPRESS             DATE: 1984   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, choreography by Arlene Phillips.  Directed by Trevor Nunn.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL West End production, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, which opened on 27 March 1984 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it ran for 7,406 performances, closing on 12 January 2002.  The theatre had been overhauled to include a race track for the roller-skaters that extended into and around the stalls and around.....

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SUNNY RIVER (1942) Original Theatre Poster
SUNNY RIVER (1942) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: SUNNY RIVER             DATE: 1942   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PICCADILLY THEATRE  Piccadilly Circus, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Evelyn Laye, Dennis Noble, Edith Day, Bertram Wallis.   NOTES:  Poster for the London opening of this early Oscar Hammerstein musical (or operetta as they were then called) with music by Sigmund Romberg.  The musical had opened on Broadway in December 1941 but closed after only 36 performances, three days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In many ways it was a precursor for the librettist's more successful Oklahoma.  War-time London theatre posters are particularly scarce and we.....

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GBP75.00
TOMMY COOPER IN PUSS IN BOOTS (1958) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster
TOMMY COOPER IN PUSS IN BOOTS (1958) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster

TITLE: Tommy Cooper in PUSS IN BOOTS             DATE: 1958   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  PAVILION, Bournemouth.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tommy Cooper, Reg Varney, Anna Peters, John McHugh, The Tiller Girls, The Zena Martell Babes.   NOTES:  Rare 30 x 20 POSTER for an early appearance of the comedian Tommy Cooper in Emile Littler’s pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’ at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth.  Also on the bill was Reg Varney. Artwork for this very striking and decorative POSTER is by ‘Eddie’.  Stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION:.....

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TOMMY COOPER IN PUSS IN BOOTS (1958) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster
TOMMY COOPER IN PUSS IN BOOTS (1958) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster

TITLE: Tommy Cooper in PUSS IN BOOTS             DATE: 1958   FORMAT: 40 x 30 inches   VENUE:  PAVILION, Bournemouth.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tommy Cooper, Reg Varney, Anna Peters, John McHugh, The Tiller Girls, The Zena Martell Babes.   NOTES:  Exceptionally rare 40 x 30 quad POSTER for an early appearance of the comedian Tommy Cooper in Emile Littler’s pantomime ‘Puss in Boots’ at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth.  Also on the bill was Reg Varney. Artwork for this very striking and decorative POSTER is by ‘Eddie’.  Stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection......

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GBP250.00
WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster
WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster

TITLE: WALTZES FROM VIENNA             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 30 X 20 inches   VENUE:  PEOPLES PALACE MILE END ROAD, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Thomas Round, Fay Lenore, Ann Drummond-Grant, Eric Starling.   NOTES:  Rare 30 x 20 POSTER for Emile Littler's revival of this popular musical based on the music of Johann Strauss (Father & Son): Selected and arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Julius Bittner.  Littler took this show on tour in the post-war years and this production at the People’s Palace was in 1949.  Nice colourful stone litho with artwork by "Mayo".   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick.....

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WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster
WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster

TITLE: WALTZES FROM VIENNA             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 40 x 30 inches   VENUE:  PEOPLES PALACE MILE END ROAD, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Thomas Round, Fay Lenore, Ann Drummond-Grant, Eric Starling.   NOTES:  Very rare 40 x 30 quad POSTER for Emile Littler's revival of this popular musical based on the music of Johann Strauss (Father & Son): Selected and arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Julius Bittner.  Littler toured with this show in the post-war years and this production at the People’s Palace was in 1949.  Nice colourful stone litho with artwork by "Mayo".   PROVENANCE: The Emile.....

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WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original Theatre Poster
WALTZES FROM VIENNA (1949) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: WALTZES FROM VIENNA             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 14.5 X 9.5 inches on card   VENUE:  PAVILION, Bournmouth.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Thomas Round, Fay Lenore, Ann Drummond-Grant, Eric Starling.   NOTES:  Poster for Emile Littler's revival of this popular musical based on the music of Johann Strauss (Father & Son): Selected and arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Julius Bittner.  Littler took this show on tour in the post-war years and this production at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth is dated 11th July 1949.  With artwork by "Mayo".  Printed on card, with ORIGINAL hanging chord at top, as issued.  .....

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ZIP GOES A MILLION (1951) Original Theatre Poster
ZIP GOES A MILLION (1951) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ZIP GOES A MILLION             DATE: 1951   FORMAT: 20.5 x 13 inches   VENUE:  PALACE theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: George Formby.   NOTES:  George Formby suffered a heart attack 6 months after the premier and was replaced in 1952 by Reg Dixon.  Artwork by Arthur Ferrier.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade B+. Rolled.  Small tear (near banknote in artwork).  VG...

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GBP125.00
ZIP GOES A MILLION (1952) Original Theatre Poster
ZIP GOES A MILLION (1952) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ZIP GOES A MILLION             DATE: 1952   FORMAT: 20.5 x 13 inches   VENUE:  PALACE theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Reg Dixon.   NOTES:  In 1952 Reg Dixon replaced George Formby who had suffered a heart attack 6 months after the premier in 1951.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (single horizontal fold).  VG+/near Fine...

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GBP85.00

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