A playbill for the Royal Victoria Theatre: 1843
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A playbill for the Royal Victoria Theatre: 1843


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This playbill for the Royal Victoria Theatre advertises the programme for Wednesday 29 November 1843. The theatre was on New Cut (now renamed The Cut), Waterloo, and opened as The Royal Coburg in 1818. In 1833 it was renamed The Royal Victoria Theatre after Princess (later Queen) Victoria. (On this bill this is shortened to The Victoria Theatre.) It is now known as The Old Vic.
In the 19th century theatres competed to attract audiences, vying with each other to offer evermore extravagant and spectacular entertainments. Technical developments in the printing industry brought new typefaces which venues seized upon to create bold and eye-catching bills. The promised attractions were described in great detail and often illustrated with wood-block engravings. Coloured paper was sometimes used if resources allowed.




1843 AD - 1843 AD

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