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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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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1986) Original Theatre Poster
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1986) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA             DATE: 1986   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, Haymarket, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart. Directed by Harold Prince, choreography by Gillian Lynne.   NOTES:  Phantom began previews at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End on September 27, 1986 under the direction of Hal Prince, then opened on October 9. It was choreographed by Gillian Lynne and the sets were designed by Maria Björnson, with lighting by Andrew Bridge. Michael Crawford starred in the title role with Sarah Brightman as.....

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QUAKER GIRL (1948) Original Theatre Poster
QUAKER GIRL (1948) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: THE QUAKER GIRL             DATE: 1948   FORMAT: 30 x 20 inches   VENUE:  WOOD GREEN EMPIRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Julia Bretton, Roy Royston, Jack Mayer, Babette O'Deal.   NOTES:  Emile Littler originally produced this revival of the Quaker Girl in 1944 but was forced to close due to the London Blitz. Consequently, he took the show on tour of England and Scotland continuously from the summer of 1945, until December 1948, being received everywhere with great enthusiasm. Littler fell out with Jesse Matthews after casting her in the 1944 production, from which she walked out 10 days.....

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GBP85.00
QUEEN PASSIONELLA AND THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (1968) Original Theatre Poster
QUEEN PASSIONELLA AND THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (1968) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: QUEEN PASSIONELLA AND THE SLEEPING BEAUTY             DATE: 1968   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: SAVILLE THEATRE, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Danny La Rue, Alan Haynes, Kevin Scott, Ray Fell. Directed by Freddie Carpenter.   NOTES:  Opened on 2nd January 1968 and ran until June 1968, making it the longest running West End pantomime. Design by Russell James Associates.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Fine...

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GBP75.00
RENT (1998) Original Theatre Poster
RENT (1998) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: RENT             DATE: 1998   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE: SHAFTESBURY theatre, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Krysten Cummings, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Bonny Lockhart, Jesse L. Martin.   NOTES:  The first West End production of this musical which opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 20th May 1998.  The show closed on October 30, 1999. It is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. Photography by Nobby Clark.  CONDITION: Grade A. Rolled (but has been stored flat since new).  Mint...

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GBP55.00
SAUCE PIQUANTE (1950) Original Theatre Poster
SAUCE PIQUANTE (1950) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: SAUCE PIQUANTE             DATE: 1950   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  CAMBRIDGE THEATRE, Earlham Street, Cambridge Circus, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Moira Lister, Halama & Konarski, Douglas Byng, Muriel Smith, Norman Wisdom (unbilled was Audrey Hepburn).   NOTES:  Very rare POSTER for Cecil Landeau's ‘Sauce Piquante’.  Notable as being the review show that featured an unbilled and then unknown show girl, Audrey Hepburn in her first "feature" role.  Very early appearance by Norman Wisdom billed as "introducing the new comedian Norman Wisdom".  Also in the production was a young Bob Monkhouse. A very attractive stone litho printed.....

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GBP200.00
SONG AND DANCE (1982) Original Theatre Poster
SONG AND DANCE (1982) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: SONG AND DANCE             DATE: 1982   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Marti Webb, Wayne Sleep.   NOTES:  Song and Dance is a musical comprising two acts, one told entirely in "Song" and one entirely in "Dance", tied together by a love story.  The first part is Tell Me On A Sunday, with lyrics by Don Black and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, about a young British woman's romantic misadventures in New York City and Hollywood. The second part is a ballet choreographed to Variations, composed by Lloyd Webber.....

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GBP65.00
SONG AND DANCE (1982) Original variant style Theatre Poster
SONG AND DANCE (1982) Original variant style Theatre Poster

TITLE: SONG AND DANCE             DATE: 1982   FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Marti Webb, Wayne Sleep.   NOTES:  Song and Dance is a musical comprising two acts, one told entirely in "Song" and one entirely in "Dance", tied together by a love story.  The first part is Tell Me On A Sunday, with lyrics by Don Black and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, about a young British woman's romantic misadventures in New York City and Hollywood. The second part is a ballet choreographed to Variations, composed by Lloyd Webber.....

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GBP45.00
SONG OF NORWAY (1945) Original European Premiere Poster
SONG OF NORWAY (1945) Original European Premiere Poster

TITLE: SONG OF NORWAY             DATE: 1945   FORMAT: 10 x 10 inches   VENUE:  KING'S THEATRE, Glasgow.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Robert Helpmann and Pauline Grant.  Victoria Campbell, Herbert Armitage, Guy Massey, Brenda Stanley, Frank Rydon, Ivor Evans.   NOTES:  Small card poster for the European premiere in Glasgow. Before opening at the Palace Theatre, London in March 1946, Emile Littler gave this show a trial run in Glasgow commencing on 18th December 1945.  Littler’s spectacular staging of ‘Song of Norway’ went on to run for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre, London and it is notable as.....

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GBP65.00
SONG OF NORWAY (1946) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster
SONG OF NORWAY (1946) Original 40 x 30 Theatre Poster

TITLE: SONG OF NORWAY             DATE: 1946   FORMAT: 40 x 30 inches   VENUE:  Generic with space left for overprinting of venue but produced for the PALACE THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue, London and the tour that followed.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Robert Helpmann and Pauline Grant.  Victoria Campbell, Herbert Armitage, Guy Massey, Brenda Stanley, Frank Rydon, Ivor Evans.   NOTES:  After a trial showing in Glasgow, Emile Littler’s spectacular staging of ‘Song of Norway’ moved to London in March 1946, running for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre.  It is notable as being the first Broadway show to cross.....

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GBP250.00
SONG OF NORWAY (1946) Original Theatre Poster
SONG OF NORWAY (1946) Original Theatre Poster

TITLE: SONG OF NORWAY             DATE: 1946   FORMAT: 20.5 x 12.5 inches   VENUE:  PALACE THEATRE, Cambridge Circus, London.   PRODUCTION CREDITS: Choreography by Robert Helpmann and Pauline Grant.   NOTES:  Rare POSTER for the first West End production. Before opening at the Palace Theatre, London in March 1946, Emile Littler gave this show a trial run in Glasgow commencing on 18th December 1945.  Littler’s spectacular staging of ‘Song of Norway’ went on to run for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre, London and it is notable as being the first Broadway show to cross the Atlantic after the.....

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GBP95.00

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