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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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HAIR (1968) Original Advance Theatre Poster
HAIR (1968) Original Advance Theatre Poster

TITLE: HAIR (ADVANCE)             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonja Kristina, Peter Straker, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry.   NOTES:  Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968, led by the same creative team as the Broadway production. A licence to perform the play was initially refused by the Lord Chamberlain and opening night was delayed until the abolition of theatre censorship in England under the Theatres Act 1968......

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GBP245.00
HAIR (1968) Original Theatre Poster
HAIR (1968) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: HAIR             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonja Kristina, Peter Straker, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry.   NOTES:  Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968, led by the same creative team as the Broadway production. A licence to perform the play was initially refused by the Lord Chamberlain and opening night was delayed until the abolition of theatre censorship in England under the Theatres Act 1968. This.....

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GBP225.00
HAIR (1969) Original Theatre Poster
HAIR (1969) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: HAIR             DATE: 1969   FORMAT: 22.5 x 16.5 inches   VENUE: SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonja Kristina, Peter Straker, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry.   NOTES:  Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968, led by the same creative team as the Broadway production. A licence to perform the play was initially refused by the Lord Chamberlain and opening night was delayed until the abolition of theatre censorship in England under the Theatres Act 1968.  This.....

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GBP95.00
HAIR (1970) Original Theatre Poster
HAIR (1970) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: HAIR             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE: EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL.    NOTES:  Innovative Christmas tree design for this tour POSTER produced in 1970 for the Liverpool production of Hair which opened for the Christmas season on December 16th, 1970.  Hair had opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968, led by the same creative team as the Broadway production. In 1970, the same team took the production on a UK tour.  CONDITION: Grade B. Rolled. Edge tears with some small losses. Good...

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GBP45.00
HAIR (1972) Original Theatre Poster
HAIR (1972) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: HAIR             DATE: 1972   FORMAT: 22.5 x 16.5 inches   VENUE: SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonja Kristina, Peter Straker, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry.   NOTES:  Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on September 27, 1968, led by the same creative team as the Broadway production. A licence to perform the play was initially refused by the Lord Chamberlain and opening night was delayed until the abolition of theatre censorship in England under the Theatres Act 1968.  This.....

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GBP145.00
HIRED MAN (1984) Original Theatre Poster
HIRED MAN (1984) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE HIRED MAN             DATE: 1984   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ASTORIA THEATRE, Charing Cross Road, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Directed by David Gilmore. Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.   NOTES:  The Hired Man, adapted from Melvin Bragg's novel, was Howard Goodall's first professional musical, completed when he was 26.  It was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Best Musical, earned four Olivier Award nominations, and was voted Best Musical of the Year by the critics of Time Out, The Guardian, Punch & The Stage.  Poster for the West End premiere at the Astoria Theatre.  CONDITION: Grade.....

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GBP45.00
HUMPTY DUMPTY (1948) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster
HUMPTY DUMPTY (1948) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster

TITLE: HUMPTY DUMPTY             DATE: 1948   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Vic Oliver, Pat Kirkwood, Richard Hearne, Julie Andrews, The Tiller Girls.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL London production of Emile Littler's pantomime Humpty Dumpty. 13 year old Julie Andrews, appearing well down the bill and in one of her earliest stage appearances, played the role of the Egg.  This was a significant event in her personal life, as she met Tony Walton, whom she would later marry.  Stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmigham. A scarce poster, particularly in.....

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HUMPTY DUMPTY (1948) Original Theatre Poster
HUMPTY DUMPTY (1948) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: HUMPTY DUMPTY             DATE: 1948   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Vic Oliver, Pat Kirkwood, Richard Hearne, Julie Andrews, The Tiller Girls.   NOTES:  Poster for the ORIGINAL London production of this Emile Littler pantomime. 13 year old Julie Andrews, appearing well down the bill and in one of her earliest stage appearances, played the role of the Egg.  This was a significant event in her personal life, as she met Tony Walton, whom she would later marry.  A scarce poster.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A......

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I AND ALBERT (1972) Original Theatre Poster
I AND ALBERT (1972) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: I AND ALBERT             DATE: 1972   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: PICCADILLY THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Polly James, Sven-Bertil Taube, Lewis Fiander, Aubrey Woods. Directed by John Schlesinger.   NOTES:  Musical by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams. The plot is based on the lives of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert and was adapted for the stage by Jay Presson Allen. The musical debuted in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre on 6 November 1972, under the direction of John Schlesinger, but proved a flop, running only for three months (120.....

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GBP45.00
ISABEL'S A JEZABEL (1970) Original Theatre Poster
ISABEL'S A JEZABEL (1970) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: ISABEL'S A JEZABEL             DATE: 1970   FORMAT: 20.5 x 13 inches   VENUE: DUCHESS THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Frank Aiello, Sharon Campbell, Helen Chappelle, Peter Farrell, Carole Hayman, Michele Mowbray, Maria Popkiewitz, Miguel Sergides, Howard Wakeling. The production was co-directed by Michael Wearing and Julie Arenal, who also choreographed.   NOTES:  Isabel's a Jezabel was a British musical with music by the writer of 'Hair' Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by William Dumaresq, based loosely on one of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, it centres around Isabel and her deep-sea lover, who spend their time copulating and arguing.....

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GBP165.00

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