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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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FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1947) Original Theatre Poster
FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1947) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: FINIAN'S RAINBOW             DATE: 1947   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Arthur Sinclair, Alfie Bass, Beryl Seton.   NOTES:  Very rare POSTER for the original London production which opened at the Palace Theatre on October 21, 1947, running for only 55 performances.  Stone litho printed on card with original hanging chord at top, as issued.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade B-. Long tear through centre, creasing, edge wear and chipping to bottom edge, some dust soiling.  Good.  Many of the faults could probably be cured by framing.....

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FLOWER DRUM SONG (1960) Original Theatre Poster
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1960) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: FLOWER DRUM SONG             DATE: 1960   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Arthur Sinclair, Alfie Bass, Beryl Seton.   NOTES:  Scarce POSTER for the original West End production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical. The show opened at London's Palace Theatre on March 24, 1960 and ran for 464 performances.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A-. 6 horizontal fold lines, else VG...

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GIGI (1985) Original Theatre Poster
GIGI (1985) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GIGI             DATE: 1985   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LYRIC THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Beryl Reid, Sian Phillips, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Geoffrey Burridge, Amanda Waring. Director: John Dexter.   NOTES:  Lerner & Loewes much loved musical based on the book by Colette. POSTER for the first West End production which opened on 17 September 1985 at the Lyric Theatre, where it ran for seven months. The cast included Amanda Waring as Gigi and Geoffrey Burridge as Gaston, with Beryl Reid as Mamita, Siân Phillips as Aunt Alicia, and Jean-Pierre Aumont as Honoré. A lovely POSTER that.....

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GBP65.00
GODSPELL (1971) Original Theatre Poster
GODSPELL (1971) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GODSPELL             DATE: 1971   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ROUND HOUSE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Johanna Cassidy, Julie Covington, David Essex, Neil Fitzwilliam, Jeremy Irons, Verity-Anne Meldrum, Deryk Parkin, Tom Saffery, Gay Soper and Marti Webb.   NOTES:  Godspell opened at the Round House Theatre in Chalk Farm, London on 17 November 1971. After a very successful but quite short run, it transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre on 26 January 1972. Review snipe 'Verily It's A Hit' over part of previous text but this is the very rare first production poster issued prior to the transfer to.....

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GBP225.00
GOODY TWO SHOES (1950) Original Theatre Poster
GOODY TWO SHOES (1950) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GOODY TWO SHOES             DATE: 1950   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Arthur Askey, Charlie Cairoli, Yvonne Marsh, Leon Cortez.   NOTES:  Scarce POSTER for the ORIGINAL West End production of Emile Littler’s pantomime ‘Goody Two Shoes’, starring the comedian Arthur Askey.  The poster is dated  for the opening on December 20th 1950.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A. Folded. Slight edge wear.  VG...

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GREASE (1973) Original Theatre Poster
GREASE (1973) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GREASE             DATE: 1973   FORMAT: 22.25 x 16.25 inches   VENUE: NEW LONDON THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Richard Gere, Stacey Gregg, Stephen Bent, Jacqui-Ann Carr, Derek James. Directed by Tom Moore.   NOTES:  The first London production of Grease opened at the New London Theatre in June 1973 with a cast that included a then unknown Richard Gere as Danny, Stacey Gregg as Sandy, Stephen Bent as Roger, Jacqui-Ann Carr as Rizzo, and Derek James as Doody.  This rare poster from the ORIGINAL production is an untrimmed designer's/printer's proof. The additional width in the margins favours framing and.....

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GREASE (1993) Original Theatre Poster
GREASE (1993) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GREASE             DATE: 1993   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: DOMINION THEATRE  Tottenham Court Road, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Craig McLachlan, Debbie Gibson. Choreography by Arlene Phillips.  Directed by David Gilmore.   NOTES:  Poster for the first year of this revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit musical which opened at the Dominion Theatre in 1993 and transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in October 1996, where it ran until September 11, 1999.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP45.00
GREASE (1996) Original Theatre Poster
GREASE (1996) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GREASE             DATE: 1996   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CAMBRIDGE THEATRE  Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Arlene Phillips.  Directed by David Gilmore.   NOTES:  The revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit musical opened at the Dominion Theatre in 1993 and transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in October 1996, where it ran until September 11, 1999.  Poster from the first year at the Cambridge Theatre.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP35.00
GREASE (1998) Original Theatre Poster
GREASE (1998) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GREASE             DATE: 1998   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CAMBRIDGE THEATRE  Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Arlene Phillips.  Directed by David Gilmore.   NOTES:  The revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's hit musical opened at the Dominion Theatre in 1993 and transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in October 1996, where it ran until September 11, 1999.  Poster from 5th Year of run (1998).  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP30.00
GUYS AND DOLLS (1985) Original Theatre Poster
GUYS AND DOLLS (1985) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: GUYS AND DOLLS             DATE: 1985   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Lulu, Norman Rossington, Clarke Peters, David Healy.  Directed by Antonia Bird.  A National Theatre Production.   NOTES:  Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure", two short stories by Damon Runyon.  Poster for the return to the West End of this revival at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it ran.....

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GBP45.00

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