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Your search for posts with tags containing Playbills found 11 posts

Collection of letters from Thomas Dibdin…

Sixteen letters, all dating from 1819, that provide detailed view of the negotations over a very limited time period. The subjects of the letters include: Enquiring as to the terms for renting the theatre, suggesting that his figure of £10,000 per...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 16 Jan 2019

Theatre Royal, Birmingham.

Playbill advertising a performance at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham which principally takes the form of an apology announcing that the lead of the evening’s entertainment, Italian opera singer Angelica Catalani (1780-1849), is unable to attend due...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 24 Sep 2018

The Drury Lane printshop

Jeffrey Meade’s guess is correct: this type inventory includes a great variety of large sized type. It belongs to a longer document made in June 1819 recording the furniture of the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane when the theater was put for sale by...
From: The Collation on 8 Aug 2018

Playbills in the spotlight

In the Spotlight The British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog has today, 9 November 2017, launched their new crowdsourcing site In the Spotlight. This project encourages the public to help transcribe information about historic performances from...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 9 Nov 2017

Dalby Theatre. Tuesday July 19th, 1803. Wild oats …

A playbill recording a performance of Wild oats by John O’Keeffe (1747-1833) and Cross purposes by William O’Brien (d. 1815), on 19 July 1803 at Dalby Theatre, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp (1758-1808) at his seat Little Dalby Hall...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 29 Nov 2016

At the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden

This playbill records a performance at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden of The constant couple by George Farquhar (1676-1707) on 22 May 1755 in which Margaret Woffington (1720?-1760) played the leading part of Sir Harry Wildair – one of the roles...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 29 Sep 2016

By permission of the Right Worshipful the Mayor

A playbill printed on silk Title: By permission of the Right Worshipful the Mayor. Mrs. Pinchott’s third appearance, of the Theatres Royal Covent Garden and Drury-Lane. Finch returns his most hearty and sincere thanks to the public at large,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 13 May 2016

BBC taking Shakespeare on tour

The BBC is embracing Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with a new project launching on Monday 21 March that focuses on the resources and stories of places all round Britain, using local BBC radio stations and the British Library. Shakespeare on Tour...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 21 Mar 2016

Miss Scott Evans, who was so flatteringly received in Aurelia…

Title: Miss Scott Evans, who was so flatteringly received in Aurelia, begs leave respectfully to inform her friends and the public, that her benefit, at the New Royal Circus … is fixed for Saturday, the 3rd of October, 1801 … when the new...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 1 Dec 2014

Paratexts and/as posters

A recent call for papers for the Early Modern Paratexts conference at the University of Bristol has set me thinking about the way paratexts work in my own research area.  Gerard Genette, whose 1987 work offers a seminal theoretical engagement with paratexts,...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 14 Jan 2013

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