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Silk Theatre Programme

1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Silk and satin theatre playbills and programmes were produced from the 18th century onwards, to commemorate special evenings at the theatre. Most theatres in the 19th century would have had some made to mark grand openings or milestone performances. By the end of the First World War however the practice had generally died out, only being revived very occasionally, more often at London's opera houses than any other theatres.

This silk playbill was produced to mark the grand opening night of The London Hippodrome on 15th January 1900. Featuring the circus and variety acts James and Amalia Jee, Double Wire Act; Miss Godlewski, Haute Ecole; the Brothers Weldermann 'Continental Grotesques', Mlle. Arniotis 'the Queen of Athletes'; Little Tony, Boy Vaulting Act, The O'Kabes, Acrobats; Lavater Lee and his Bucking Mule; Leonidas' Cats and Digs; Herr Julius Seeth with his 21 Forest Bred Lions; the Jackson Family, Instrumentalists; Lee's Liberty Arabian Steeds and Barrel Act; Bros. Permane - Henri and Charles, 'Continental Grotesques', Miss Lea, Wonderful Equestrienne; Charles H. Jee, Juggling; Mlle Amalia (Amalia Jee), Equestrienne; Auguste, Lavater Lee and Oscar Lee, it featured the 'Amphibious Burletta' Giddy Ostend, or the Absent-Minded Millionaire starring Little Tich, with Elsie Carew, Marie Finney, James Finney, Fritz Rimma, Kenneth Altamont, Mr. M.R. Morand, Miss Blanche Wolseley, Mr. S. Asher, scenery by T.E. Ryan, costumes by Morris Angel from designs by Herbert Norris, and music arranged and composed by Georges Jacobi who conducted the orchestra of 40 and 50 singers. With the theatre space containing a 100,000 gallon water tank, the Hippodrome became well known for its large scale aquatic acts such as Giddy Ostend seen on the opening night.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed silk
Brief Description
Silk programme produced for the Grand Opening Night of the London Hippodrome, 15 January 1900.
Physical Description
Silk programme on cream silk in navy-blue typography, edged with a cream silk fringe, advertising the opening of the London Hippodrome. Headed with the title 'London Hippodrome' in navy-blue, followed lower down with 'Grand Opening Night', and featuring a programme of the acts for that night, with the amphibious burletta Giddy Ostend given the largest billing.
Dimensions
  • Height: 40.5cm
  • Width: 31.5cm
Includes fringe
Marks and Inscriptions
Production
Designed to celebrate the opening night of a new London theatre
Summary
Silk and satin theatre playbills and programmes were produced from the 18th century onwards, to commemorate special evenings at the theatre. Most theatres in the 19th century would have had some made to mark grand openings or milestone performances. By the end of the First World War however the practice had generally died out, only being revived very occasionally, more often at London's opera houses than any other theatres.



This silk playbill was produced to mark the grand opening night of The London Hippodrome on 15th January 1900. Featuring the circus and variety acts James and Amalia Jee, Double Wire Act; Miss Godlewski, Haute Ecole; the Brothers Weldermann 'Continental Grotesques', Mlle. Arniotis 'the Queen of Athletes'; Little Tony, Boy Vaulting Act, The O'Kabes, Acrobats; Lavater Lee and his Bucking Mule; Leonidas' Cats and Digs; Herr Julius Seeth with his 21 Forest Bred Lions; the Jackson Family, Instrumentalists; Lee's Liberty Arabian Steeds and Barrel Act; Bros. Permane - Henri and Charles, 'Continental Grotesques', Miss Lea, Wonderful Equestrienne; Charles H. Jee, Juggling; Mlle Amalia (Amalia Jee), Equestrienne; Auguste, Lavater Lee and Oscar Lee, it featured the 'Amphibious Burletta' Giddy Ostend, or the Absent-Minded Millionaire starring Little Tich, with Elsie Carew, Marie Finney, James Finney, Fritz Rimma, Kenneth Altamont, Mr. M.R. Morand, Miss Blanche Wolseley, Mr. S. Asher, scenery by T.E. Ryan, costumes by Morris Angel from designs by Herbert Norris, and music arranged and composed by Georges Jacobi who conducted the orchestra of 40 and 50 singers. With the theatre space containing a 100,000 gallon water tank, the Hippodrome became well known for its large scale aquatic acts such as Giddy Ostend seen on the opening night.
Collection
Accession Number
S.223-1981

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