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Silk programme

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham, England (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

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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 the19th 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, 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 on verso cast list and performance details. With fringe to top and bottom.

Place of Origin

Birmingham, England (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

Rectangular landscape format double sided printed silk programme for Cinderella, New Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 19 December 1896. 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.

Production Note

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

Materials

Ink; Silk (textile)

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Pantomime; Cinderella; Moss, H.E. (Mr); Coach and horses; Barrett, Oscar (Mr)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection code

T&P

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