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

TITLE: DAMES AT SEA (Style B)             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.....

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GBP65.00
DANNY LA RUE AT THE PALACE (1969) Original Theatre Poster
DANNY LA RUE AT THE PALACE (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: DANNY LA RUE AT THE PALACE             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Danny La Rue, Roy Hudd, Toni Palmer, David Ellen, Jackie Sands. Choreography by Lionel Blair. Directed by Freddie Carpenter.   NOTES:  Review written by Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh with music and lyrics by Bill Solly. This vehicle for the female impersonator Danny La Rue opened at the Palace Theatre in the West End in 1969 and ran for two years, twice the intended run, until April 1972. By that time it had been seen by.....

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GBP85.00
DEAR ANYONE (1983) Original Theatre Poster
DEAR ANYONE (1983) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: DEAR ANYONE             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jane Lapotaire, Peter Blake, Stubby Kaye. Directed by David Taylor.   NOTES:  The libretto for this musical, which opened at Londonís Cambridge Theatre on 8 November 1983, was by playwright Jack Rosenthal with music and lyrics by Geoff Stephens and Don Black.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine...

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GBP35.00
DECAMERON '73 (1973) Original Theatre Poster
DECAMERON '73 (1973) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: DECAMERON '73             DATE: 1973   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ROUND HOUSE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Miquel Brown. Composer: Joe Griffiths, Lyricist: Joe Griffiths.   NOTES:  Opened at the Round House on August 14th 1973 and ran for 55 performances. Produced by Peter Coe to follow on from the success of Hair and Oh Calcutta, both of which had featured stage nudity, it was billed by his publicity agent, Sue Hyman, as "the most erotic show yet". A rare POSTER.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine...

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GBP85.00
DOCTOR DOLITTLE (1998) Original Theatre Poster
DOCTOR DOLITTLE (1998) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: DOCTOR DOLITTLE             DATE: 1998   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LABATT'S APOLLO HAMERSMITH, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Phillip Schofield. Jim Henson's Creature Workshop.  Directed by Steven Pimlott.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL production at Labatt's Apollo in Hammersmith which cost about £4m to stage.  The main attraction was a menagerie of 92 electronic animals created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP20.00
ERB (1970) Original Concept Artwork for Poster
ERB (1970) Original Concept Artwork for Poster

TITLE: ERB (Original concept artwork)             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 21.5 x 16.5 inches   VENUE: STRAND THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Trevor Peacock, Bridget Turner, Deborah Grant, Malcolm Rennie. Directed by Braham Murray.   NOTES:  Based on the novel Erb by W. Pett Rydel about a union man on the railway. Adapted by Trevor Peacock. Opened 7th April 1970 for 38 performances. ORIGINAL mixed media concept artwork/mock-up for the theatrical poster produced by Russell James Associates. On Artekone Fine Pen Board. Design by Russell James Associates.  CONDITION: Grade A. Very good...

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GBP55.00
ERB (1970) Original Theatre Poster
ERB (1970) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ERB             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: STRAND THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Trevor Peacock, Bridget Turner, Deborah Grant, Malcolm Rennie. Directed by Braham Murray.   NOTES:  Based on the novel Erb by W. Pett Rydel about a union man on the railway. Adapted by Trevor Peacock. Opened 7th April 1970 for 38 performances. Design by Russell James Associates.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine/near mint...

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GBP45.00
EVITA (1979) Original Theatre Poster
EVITA (1979) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: EVITA             DATE: 1979   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Marti Webb, Gary Bond, John Turner. Directed by Harold Prince.   NOTES:  Evita opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 21 June 1978 and closed on 18 February 1986, after 3,176 performances.  Elaine Paige played Eva in the ORIGINAL cast and Marti Webb played the role during Paige's holiday. She was persuaded by Prince to remain in the cast as an alternate for two shows each week to aid the transition when she took over the role in 1979. Mint......

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GBP65.00
EVITA (1983) Original Theatre Poster
EVITA (1983) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: EVITA             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Kathryn Evans, Jimmy Kean, Daniel Benzali.   NOTES:  Evita opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 21 June 1978 and closed on 18 February 1986, after 3,176 performances.  This poster was produced for performances towards the end of the run of the ORIGINAL production and after Kathryn Evans had taken over the role of Evita. She took over the role in 1983 and the poster dates from that time.  CONDITION: Grade.....

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GBP45.00
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1968) Original Theatre Poster
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1968) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Alfie Bass, Avis Bunnage.   NOTES:  The original West End production opened on February 16, 1967, at Her Majesty's Theatre and played for 2,030 performances. It initially starred starred Chaim Topol and Alfie Bass took over the lead role in 1968.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Two strips of slight paper lift on reverse side from removal of old tape, else near fine...

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GBP75.00

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