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Silk programme - Silk programme for Cinderella

Silk programme for Cinderella

  • Object:

    Silk programme

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (printed)

  • Date:

    1896 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    James Upton (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Frances Dann

  • Museum number:

    S.251-1999

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Silk and satin programmes were produced from the 18th century onwards to commemorate special theatrical productions such as first nights, gala, commemorative and benefit performances. The custom had largely died out by the 1920s, and by the 1970s any such programmes were usually for ballet or opera gala performances and produced on nylon.

This silk programme was produced to commemorate the 'Grand Opening Night' of the New Empire Theatre in Lime Street, Liverpool, on 19 December 1896, starring Florrie Harmon as Cinderella; Victor Stevens and Fred Emney as Thisbe and Clorinda, Kate Chard as Prince Felix, and Marie Campbell as Dandini.

Physical description

Rectangular landscape format double sided printed silk programme for Cinderella, New Empire Theatre, Liverpool. Folded into three, featuring images from Cinderella in blue ink recto with title of production and images of Oscar Barrett and H E Moss printed in sepia ink in roundels, with cast list and performance details verso. With fringe to top and bottom.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (printed)

Date

1896 (printed)

Artist/maker

James Upton (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 cm to edges of fringe, Width: 40.7 cm

Object history note

Programme produced to commemorate the 'Grand Opening Night' of the New Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, 19 December 1896. Starring Florrie Harmon as Cinderella; Victor Stevens and Fred Emney as Thisbe and Clorinda, Kate Chard as Prince Felix and Marie Campbell as Dandini.

Historical context note

Silk and satin programmes were produced from the 18th century onwards to commemorate special theatrical productions such as first nights, gala, commemorative and benefit performances. The custom had largely died out by the 1920s, and by the 1970s any such programmes were usually for ballet or opera gala performances and produced on nylon.

Descriptive line

Silk programme for the opening night of Oscar Barrett's Cinderella, New Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 19 December 1896

Production Note

Attribution note: Probably produced for limited sections of the audience.
Reason For Production: Commemorative

Materials

Silk (textile); Ink

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Coach and horses; Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Pantomime

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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