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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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MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS (1942) Original Theatre Poster
MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS (1942) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS             DATE: 1942   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonnie Hale, Elsie Randolph, Sylvia Cecil, Malcolm Keen, Davy Burnaby.   NOTES:  Poster for the opening run at the London Coliseum of Emile Littler’s spectacularly successful revival of this musical play. The POSTER is dated April 1st 1942 – the opening date.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A. Single fold.  Fine...

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GBP65.00
MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS (1942) Original Theatre Poster
MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS (1942) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS             DATE: 1942   FORMAT: 12.25 x 9.5 inches on card   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Sonnie Hale, Elsie Randolph, Sylvia Cecil, Malcolm Keen, Davy Burnaby.   NOTES:  Printed on card with ORIGINAL hanging chord at the top, as issued.  Produced for the opening run at the London Coliseum of Emile Littler’s spectacularly successful revival of this musical play.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.  CONDITION: Grade A. VG/near Fine...

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GBP55.00
MISS SAIGON (1989) Original Theatre Poster
MISS SAIGON (1989) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: MISS SAIGON             DATE: 1989   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Ruthie Henshall, Kirby Ward, Chris Langham.   NOTES:  Original London production poster for Miss Saigon, a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War. The musical premiered at.....

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GBP75.00
MOTHER GOOSE (1953) Original Theatre Poster
MOTHER GOOSE (1953) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: MOTHER GOOSE             DATE: 1953   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  HIPPODROME, Manchester.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tommy Fields, Charles Warren and Jean, Margaret Burton, Christmas and King, The Tiller Girls, the Terry Children, Eugene’s Flying Ballet.   NOTES:  Scarce 30 x 20 POSTER for this Emile Littler pantomime staged at the Hippodrome, Manchester. Stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.  Exact date uncertain but circa 1953.  Tommy Fields was the brother of Gracie Fields.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Folded. Some edge wear and fraying at top, else VG/near Fine...

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GBP75.00
MOTHER GOOSE (1953) Original Theatre Poster
MOTHER GOOSE (1953) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: MOTHER GOOSE             DATE: 1953   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  THEATRE ROYAL, Birmingham.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Tommy Fields, Hy Hazel, Eugene's Flying Ballet, Curries Waterfalls.   NOTES:  Scarce 30 x 20 POSTER for this Emile Littler pantomime staged at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham. Stone litho printed by Eden Press, Birmingham.  Exact date uncertain but circa 1953.  Tommy Fields was the brother of Gracie Fields.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Folded. Slight edge wear, else VG/near Fine...

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NEWS, The (1986) Original Theatre Poster
NEWS, The (1986) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE NEWS             DATE: 1986   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: CITY THEATRE Great Windmill Street, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Richard O'Brien, Peter Straker, Bee Jaye. Directed by Kevin Williams.   NOTES:  The provocative rock musical The News premiered at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, Florida, before transferring to Broadway, where it flopped. It appears to have fared no better in the West End, despite the presence of ROCKY Horror Show's Richard O'Brien in the cast.   CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine/Mint...

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GBP45.00
NIGHT AND THE LAUGHTER (1946) Original Theatre Poster
NIGHT AND THE LAUGHTER (1946) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: Bud Flanagan in THE NIGHT AND THE LAUGHTER             DATE: 1946   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Bud Flanagan, The Three Sailors, Nancy Brown, Beryl Kaye.   NOTES:  Chesney Allen’s ill health brought the illustrious partnership of Flanagan and Allen to an end in 1946, and in the same year Flanagan appeared solo in this Robert Nesbitt revue show, The Night And The Laughter, before rejoining the re-formed Crazy Gang in 1947.  A very scarce POSTER. Stone litho printed by Tribe Bros., London & St. Albans.   PROVENANCE: The Emile.....

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GBP185.00
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original 30 x 20 Theatre Poster

TITLE: NIGHT AND THE MUSIC             DATE: 1945   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Vic Oliver, Jill Manners, Worthy & Jarrett.   NOTES:  Very scarce 30 x 20 POSTER for this spectacular Robert Nesbitt review show which opened on May 17th, 1945 and was a precursor to the Later Latin quarter reviews staged by Littler at the London Casino.  Stone litho printed by Tribe Bros., London.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Folded.  Fine...

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GBP185.00
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original Theatre Poster
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: NIGHT AND THE MUSIC             DATE: 1945   FORMAT: 12 x 8 inches on card   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Vic Oliver, Jill Manners, Worthy & Jarrett.   NOTES:  Poster for this spectacular Robert Nesbitt review show which opened on May 17th, 1945 and was a precursor to the Later Latin quarter reviews staged by Littler at the London Casino.  Stone litho printed by Tribe Bros., London, with original hanging chord at top, as issued.   PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.   CONDITION: Grade A. Near Fine...

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GBP85.00
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original Trial Design Theatre Poster
NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (1945) Original Trial Design Theatre Poster

TITLE: NIGHT AND THE MUSIC             DATE: 1945   FORMAT: 22.5 x 16.5 inches   VENUE:  COLISEUM, Charing Cross, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Vic Oliver, Jill Manners, Worthy & Jarrett.   NOTES:  Poster for this spectacular Robert Nesbitt review show which opened on May 17th, 1945 and was a precursor to the Later Latin quarter reviews staged by Littler at the London Casino.  An unusual size with wide margins and possibly a proof or trial printing of the design, which would have been sent by the printers to Emile Littler or his publicity manager, Patrick Selby, for approval.   PROVENANCE:.....

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GBP45.00

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