A poster for the Strand Theatre; 1846

S.G. Fairbrother

A poster for the Strand Theatre; 1846
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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A poster for the Strand Theatre, advertising the last week of the season the sheet is folded in half.
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 playbills. The promised attractions were described in great detail and often illustrated with wood-block engravings.

Plays based on historical events and characters were popular. This bill advertises the programme at the Strand Theatre for the remainder of the week beginning Monday 21 September 1846. It includes a new historical tragedy entitled 'The Maid of Warsaw'.

The Strand Theatre's advertisement in 'The Times' newspaper of Thursday 24 September 1846 declared that "The triumph achieved by Mr Gregory in the new tragedy of The Maid of Warsaw ... stamps him as the only truly great living actor."

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