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Old Theatre Programmes!

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Old Theatre Programmes!#1
Posted: 2/19/09 at 5:10pm
I have a very large collection of theatre tickets, programmes and leaflets, from the past few years, but I just asked my mum for older ones, and we dug them out! It's very strange, I recognised at least two names in most programmes, and there are a ton that are well before my time. one is an old programme of "Hair" with Tim Curry & Elaine Paige in the ensemble!!
Another good find was a programme from 2002 at the Greenwich Theatre which did a production of my friends show (The Happy Prince, based on Oscar Wilde's story) with James Gillan as the Swallow!
It's great looking back at them, I didn't even know we had them, but it feels really strange looking at progammes from years ago then saying "I saw them in a show last week". I love theatre =D
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#2
Posted: 2/19/09 at 5:12pm
oh my mum dug out hers ! marti webb as evita ! paul nicholas as don lockwood ! how amazing
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#2
Posted: 2/19/09 at 5:18pm
and copacbanna tour !
No Doubt Our Paths Will Cross Again ! Matt
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#3
Posted: 2/21/09 at 5:18am
I keep meaning to sort through my huge stack of old programmes dating from 1980 to present. It would be great to have them all in alphabetical order. Nowadays, as I go to the theatre/opera/concerts etc. at least three times a week, the stack soon builds up.

Occasionally I'll have a brief look through a few from the middle of the pile and will discover that I've seen some huge star back when they were a nobody in the chorus and sometimes I'll find a show that I have absolutely no recollection of seeing.

The one programme missing from my collection is from my first visit to a West End show - Billy starring Michael Crawford in 1975. I was so naive I didn't realise that programmes even existed! I'd love to get my hands on one so if anyone knows how I go about getting one...
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#4
Posted: 2/21/09 at 5:28am
I'll photocopy mine if you want!
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#5
Posted: 2/21/09 at 6:13am
When I saw Barnum they'd run out of souvenir brochures. I recently got one on ebay and it was great to see the old photos and read the production copy. It's incredible to see how much more sophisticated the design and print work is these days- thanks to the Dewynters revolution, really.
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#6
Posted: 2/21/09 at 6:56am
If you have old memorabilia and don't want to keep it in the house anymore, please consider donating it to either the Theatre Museum archive at the V&A (they lack quite a bit from the commercial sector) or the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection, which is held at Trinity College of Music and also lacks quite a bit post-1950.
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#7
Posted: 2/21/09 at 7:03am
Or to me - good prices paid!
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#8
Posted: 2/21/09 at 9:15am
Good chance for Mama to sort through his, you can report back in a few months!!!!
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#9
Posted: 2/21/09 at 9:46am
DONT!
I did it a few months back with fliers. Nearly 40 years worth needed sorting. Drove me bloody crazy.
Programs I manage to keep pretty much up to date with.
CDs and LPs are in perfect order basically cos they are something I use almost every day getting requests for shows, etc (ask Sam!).
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#10
Posted: 2/22/09 at 12:06pm
"It's great looking back at them, I didn't even know we had them, but it feels really strange looking at progammes from years ago then saying "I saw them in a show last week"."

I love doing this as well.

And I've got my parent's collection, which predates my birth and therefore goes back to the

Hmmmmm, yes, well - that's enough about theatre programmes.
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#11
Posted: 2/22/09 at 12:35pm
Once Mama....ONCE! :) but thanks anyway, they're always greatly recieved re: Old Theatre Programmes!
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#12
Posted: 2/22/09 at 4:10pm
The oldest one I have is the London premiere of 'Oklahoma!' from 1946 and then 'South Pacific' 1951- both from Drury Lane.
Also 'Pal Joey' at the Princess Theatre (now the Shaftesbury) in 1954.

I hasten to add I DIDNT see any of these!
My first West End show, as I've said a few times on here before, was Ginger Rogers in 'Mame' Drury Lane 1968.


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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#13
Posted: 2/22/09 at 4:27pm
I've got a South Pacific programme from the original Drury Lane production as well. Plus original London productions of Call Me Madam (with someone called Billie Worth) and Guys and Dolls (with Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye) both at the Coliseum.

I think it must have been my grandparents that saw those.
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#14
Posted: 2/22/09 at 5:04pm
ohhhh original south pacific aint we talking late 40's early 50's ? or am i thinking of a different show at the dury lane
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#15
Posted: 2/22/09 at 5:10pm
1951
....with Sean Connery in the chorus!
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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#16
Posted: 2/22/09 at 6:05pm
The Lane had almost all of the big American musicals on their arrival in London.
Oklahoma! 1946
South Pacific 1951
The King And I 1953
My Fair Lady 1958

A few others went to the London Coliseum.
Guys And Dolls 1953
Kiss Me Kate 1951
Annie Get Your Gun 1947

The Palace took in 'The Sound Of Music' from 1961 and 'Anything Goes' 1969.

Most of these shows would run 2 maybe 3 years and back then considered very, very long runs indeed.

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re: Old Theatre Programmes!#17
Posted: 2/22/09 at 6:12pm
Hey, Mama -I just bought a "Billy" programme on eBay for 99p!

Thanks for the offer of a photocopy, by the way.

My collection is almost complete - I remembered a few other programmes I didn't buy/have lost - Morecambe and Wise from 1973, Sinatra from 1984.