Playbill for the Theatre Royal, Adelphi: c. 1840

R.S. Francis

 
Playbill for the Theatre Royal, Adelphi: c. 1840
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 17cm x 32cm

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This playbill for the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, advertises a show by the famous Great Wizard of the North, the Scottish magician John Henry Anderson (1814-1874). The letters of his name are in the shape of goblins or sprites. The theatre opened in 1806 as the 'Sans Pareil' and later took its name ‘Theatre Royal, Adelphi' from the Adelphi Buildings nearby. The Adelphi Theatre on the Strand now stands on the site.

Playbills played a central part in advertising shows and attracting audiences. Technical developments in the printing industry brought new typefaces which theatres seized on to create bold and eye-catching bills.

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