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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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CATCH MY SOUL (1969) Original Theatre Poster
CATCH MY SOUL (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CATCH MY SOUL: THE ROCK OTHELLO             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ROUND HOUSE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jack Good, Dorothy Vernon, Lance LeGault, Jeffrey Wickham, P.J. Proby, Sharon Gurney, P. P. Arnold.   NOTES:  Rock musical produced by Jack Good. The show was a showcase for the talents of Lance LeGault, P. P. Arnold, P.J. Proby and an introduction to the rock musician Robert Tench and the band Gass (the house band at the Round House at that time). It was loosely adapted from Shakespeare's Othello and the character of Iago had originally.....

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GBP225.00
CATS (1981) Original Theatre Poster
CATS (1981) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CATS             DATE: 1981   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: NEW LONDON THEATRE, Drury Lane, London.    NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL production of this hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.  ‘Cats’ opened in the West End at the New London Theatre in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, each time directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne; it won numerous awards, including both the Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The London production ran for twenty-one years.....

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GBP125.00
CATS (1986) Original Theatre Poster
CATS (1986) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CATS             DATE: 1986   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: NEW LONDON THEATRE, Drury Lane, London.    NOTES:  Poster from later in the the ORIGINAL run of this hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.  ‘Cats’ opened in the West End at the New London Theatre in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, each time directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne; it won numerous awards, including both the Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The London production ran.....

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GBP65.00
CHARLIE GIRL (1986) Original Theatre Poster
CHARLIE GIRL (1986) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CHARLIE GIRL             DATE: 1986   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Paul Nicholas, Cyd Charisse, Dora Bryan, Nicholas Parsons, Mark Wynter.   NOTES:  Poster for for the 1986 revival of the musical Charlie Girl.  It opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 19th June 1986 and ran for 354 performances.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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CHICAGO (1997) Original Theatre Poster
CHICAGO (1997) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CHICAGO             DATE: 1997   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ADELPHI THEATRE, Strand, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Ruthie Henshall, Ute Lemper, Henry Goodman, Nigel Planer   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL cast West End production. This modern staging of Bob Fosse's Chicago opened in London's West End on November 18, 1997. Like the New York revival, it was directed by Walter Bobbie and designed by John Lee Beatty, with choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse. The show ran at the Adelphi Theatre for nine years until transferring to the Cambridge Theatre in April.....

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GBP65.00
CINDERELLA (1967) Original Advance Theatre Poster
CINDERELLA (1967) Original Advance Theatre Poster

TITLE: CINDERELLA (ADVANCE)             DATE: 1967   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LONDON PALLADIUM, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd. Music and Lyrics by The Shadows. Produced by Albert J. Knight.   NOTES:  Advance poster for this Palladium pantomime starring Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The Ugly Sisters were played by Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd, then at the height of their fame in the situation comedy Hugh And I.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP95.00
CINDERELLA (1967) Original Theatre Poster
CINDERELLA (1967) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CINDERELLA             DATE: 1967   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LONDON PALLADIUM, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd. Music and Lyrics by The Shadows. Produced by Albert J. Knight.   NOTES:  Palladium pantomime starring Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The Ugly Sisters were played by Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd, then at the height of their fame in the situation comedy Hugh And I.   CONDITION: Grade A. Small edge tear and one horizontal fold, else fine...

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GBP85.00
COMPANY (1972) Original Theatre Poster
COMPANY (1972) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: COMPANY             DATE: 1972   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Larry Kert, Marti Stevens, Teri Ralston, Elaine Stritch, Joy Franz, and Donna McKechnie. Directed by Harold Prince.   NOTES:  Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. The musical opened on Broadway on April 26, 1970 at the Alvin Theatre, where it ran for 705 performances. It was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six. This POSTER is for the first West End production which opened.....

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GBP95.00
CRAZY FOR YOU (1993) Original Theatre Poster
CRAZY FOR YOU (1993) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: CRAZY FOR YOU             DATE: 1993   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE, Old Compton Street, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Ruthie Henshall, Kirby Ward, Chris Langham.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL London production of Crazy for You, a musical from a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. The first West End production, directed by Ockrent, choreographed by Stroman, opened.....

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DAMES AT SEA (1969) Original Theatre Poster
DAMES AT SEA (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: DAMES AT SEA             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: DUCHESS THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Joyce Blair, Blayne Barrington, Rita Burton, William Ellis, Sheila White, Kevin Scott. Directed by Neal Kenyon. Music by Jim Wise. Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller.   NOTES:  The musical is a parody of large, flashy 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals in which an understudy steps into a role on Broadway and becomes a star. It originally played Off-Off-Broadway in 1966 at the Caffe Cino, starring newcomer Bernadette Peters and then played Off-Broadway beginning in 1968 for a.....

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GBP85.00

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