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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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LATIN QUARTER (1949) Original Theatre Poster
LATIN QUARTER (1949) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LATIN QUARTER             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   NOTES:  Poster for Latin Quarter, a review show by Robert Nesbitt featuring a mixture of song, dance and nude reviews similar to the Windmill's.  It ran for three years at the Casino from 1949 to 1951. The Casino was opened after the war by Emile Littler and was converted into a cinema in 1954.  It eventually became The Prince Edward Theatre. The 1949 review ran from March 1949.  This poster advertises the opening date for the new 1950 review and is for.....

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GBP125.00
LATIN QUARTER 1950 (1950) Original Theatre Poster
LATIN QUARTER 1950 (1950) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LATIN QUARTER 1950             DATE: 1950   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   NOTES:  Poster for the 1950 version of Latin Quarter, a review show by Robert Nesbitt featuring a mixture of song, dance and nude reviews similar to the Windmill's.  It ran for three years at the Casino from 1949 to 1951. The Casino was opened after the war by Emile Littler and was converted into a cinema in 1954.  It eventually became The Prince Edward Theatre.Attractive stone litho with artwork by "Golding".  Printed by Tribe Bros. London.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick.....

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GBP125.00
LILAC TIME (1949) Original Theatre Poster
LILAC TIME (1949) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LILAC TIME             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, Cambridge Circus, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Celia Lipton, Bruce Trent, John Lewis, Bernard Ansell.   NOTES:  Poster for Emile Littler’s new 1949 production of ‘Lilac Time’ at the Palace Theatre.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Folded.  VG...

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GBP65.00
LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1949) Original Theatre Poster
LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1949) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LITTLE MISS MUFFET             DATE: 1949   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  LONDON CASINO, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Pat Kirkwood, Richard "Stinker" Murdoch, The Cairolis, Morecambe & Wise, The Tiller Girls.   NOTES:  Rare POSTER for this first production of Emile Littler’s London pantomime ‘Little Miss Muffet’.  Morecambe and Wise appearing at the foot of the bill in a very early appearance as a comedy duo.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A. Folded.  Fine...

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1950) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster
LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1950) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster

TITLE: LITTLE MISS MUFFET             DATE: 1950   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE  Plymouth.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Charlie Cairoli, Sylvia Norman, Norman Caley, Henry Lytton.   NOTES:  Rare 30 x 20 POSTER for this Emile Littler Pantomime, stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.  Charlie Cairoli, born in France, came to Britain in 1938 and with his bowler hat and red nose became one of Britain’s best-known clowns. He was the star of Blackpool’s Tower Circus for nearly forty years, and was internationally known in the classic tradition of clowning slapstick. Exact date of this POSTER.....

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1950) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster
LITTLE MISS MUFFET (1950) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster

TITLE: LITTLE MISS MUFFET             DATE: 1950   FORMAT: 40 x 30 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE  Plymouth.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Charlie Cairoli, Sylvia Norman, Norman Caley, Henry Lytton.   NOTES:  Very rare 40 x 30 quad POSTER for this Emile Littler Pantomime, stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.  Charlie Cairoli, born in France, came to Britain in 1938 and with his bowler hat and red nose became one of Britain’s best-known clowns. He was the star of Blackpool’s Tower Circus for nearly forty years, and was internationally known in the classic tradition of clowning slapstick. Exact date of.....

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GBP200.00
LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1975) Original Theatre Poster
LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (1975) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC             DATE: 1975   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: ADELPHI THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Jean Simmons, Hermione Gingold, Joss Ackland, David Kernan. Produced and directed by Harold Prince.   NOTES:  Words and music by Stephen Sondheim. One of Sondheim's best received musicals. It included the smash hit 'Send in the Clowns'. POSTER for the first West End production at the Adelphi Theatre on April 15, 1975. Attractive artwork reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha which is possibly by David Byrd. Scarce.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine/near mint...

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GBP165.00
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1983) Original Theatre Poster
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1983) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS             DATE: 1983   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: COMEDY THEATRE, Panton Street, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Ellen Greene, Barry James, Terence Hillyer.  Directed by Howard Ashman.   NOTES:  Scarce poster for the ORIGINAL London production of Little Shop of Horrors, a rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. Poster for the original London West.....

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GBP65.00
LONDON LAUGHS (1966) Original Theatre Poster
LONDON LAUGHS (1966) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: LONDON LAUGHS             DATE: 1966   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: LONDON PALLADIUM, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Harry Secombe, Jimmy Tarbuck, Thora Hird, Freddie Frinton, Anita Harris, Russ Conway. Produced by Robert Nesbitt.   NOTES:  "The gay, all comedy show" from the golden days of the London Palladium.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  One corner crease, else near fine...

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GBP75.00
MAGIC OF THE MINSTRELS (1968) Original Theatre Poster
MAGIC OF THE MINSTRELS (1968) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: MAGIC OF THE MINSTRELS. THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: VICTORIA PALACE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: The Black and White Minstrels.   NOTES:  The show created by George Mitchell was first broadcast on the BBC on 14 June 1958 and ran until 1978. By 1964, audiences were regularly exceeding 18 million. The Minstrels also had a theatrical show produced by Robert Luff which ran for 6,477 performances from 1960 to 1972 and established itself in The Guinness Book of Records as the stage show seen by the largest.....

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GBP75.00

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