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Background imageBackstage Collection: Gladstone / Disraeli 1874

Gladstone / Disraeli 1874
The Managers Room Mr Punch as theatre manager asks his dramatists Gladstone and Disraeli what their plans are for the season. Date: 3 January 1874

Background imageBackstage Collection: An Intimate backstage moment - Paris Revue, France

An Intimate backstage moment - Paris Revue, France
An Intimate backstage moment behind the scenes of a Paris Cabaret Revue, France Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBackstage Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Call Boy

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Call Boy. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageBackstage Collection: In front and behind the scenes at the Coliseum, London

In front and behind the scenes at the Coliseum, London
A great stage and a great curtain: in front and behind the scenes at the Coliseum, London. Top centre: a diagrammatic view of the revolving stage

Background imageBackstage Collection: Royal Music Hall - waiting to go on 1900

Royal Music Hall - waiting to go on 1900
Standing in the entrance to go on stage at the Music Hall, Holborn, London. Date: 1900

Background imageBackstage Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Dresser

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Dresser. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageBackstage Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Scene Shifter

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Scene Shifter. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageBackstage Collection: Judy McCrea, smoking backstage at Windmill Theatre

Judy McCrea, smoking backstage at Windmill Theatre
Judy McCrea, smoking cigarette backstage at Windmill Theatre, in revealing dance costume. Captioned, This charming lady, Miss Judy McCrea

Background imageBackstage Collection: Actress in dressing room preparing her makeup

Actress in dressing room preparing her makeup. 1926

Background imageBackstage Collection: Sketch cover, Binnie Hale in her dressing room, Hippodrome

Sketch cover, Binnie Hale in her dressing room, Hippodrome
Binnie Hale, star of the hit musical comedy Sunny at the London Hippodrome, pictured in her dressing room wearing the fetching shorts for her gymnasium scene and arranging various toys

Background imageBackstage Collection: Behind the scenes at the London Hippodrome

Behind the scenes at the London Hippodrome
Mr Hawkins, the electrical engineer in the switch-room of the London Hippodrome, which was situated behind the stage and exclusively used for lighting that part of the building. 1904

Background imageBackstage Collection: Beneath the arena at the London Hippodrome

Beneath the arena at the London Hippodrome
Scene beneath the arena of the London Hippodrome with stage hands readying themselves to convey large wooden properties above for the next act. 1900s

Background imageBackstage Collection: Dressing room at New York Theatre 1905

Dressing room at New York Theatre 1905
Behind the scenes in the mens dressing room in New York Theatre. 1905

Background imageBackstage Collection: Backstage at a the Variety Theatre, Paris, France

Backstage at a the Variety Theatre, Paris, France
Backstage at the Variety Theatre in Paris, before the show begins. Names include Castera, Duvernon, Brossard, Valentino, Dea, De Prony, Lassouche and Darbel

Background imageBackstage Collection: Elisabeth Welch during the run of No Time for Comedy

Elisabeth Welch during the run of No Time for Comedy
Elisabeth Welch with (from left to right) Cecil Madden, Gerry Wilmot, Rex Harrison, Diana Wynyard, Carol Reed and Lilli Palmer backstage at the Haymarket Theatre

Background imageBackstage Collection: Stage effects at Covent Garden for Das Rheingold

Stage effects at Covent Garden for Das Rheingold
Behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden demonstrating how the Rhine maidens are made to swim naturally in Wagners Das Rheingold. Date: 1936

Background imageBackstage Collection: Fashion Show Backstage Date: 1948

Fashion Show Backstage Date: 1948

Background imageBackstage Collection: JAPANESE GREEN ROOM

JAPANESE GREEN ROOM
Backstage in a Japanese green room. Date: circa 1860

Background imageBackstage Collection: GREEN ROOM, DRURY LANE

GREEN ROOM, DRURY LANE
Fashionable visitors to the Green Room at Drury Lane Theatre, London Date: 1820

Background imageBackstage Collection: Backstage scene during a Mystery Play

Backstage scene during a Mystery Play
A backstage scene in a town square, showing people taking a break for dinner during the performance of a Mystery Play

Background imageBackstage Collection: ACTRESSES DRESSINGROOM

ACTRESSES DRESSINGROOM
Actresses doing a quick change in their dressing room, helped by their dressers Date: circa 1895

Background imageBackstage Collection: Finishing Touches - Madame Sarah Bernhardt in Dressing Room

Finishing Touches - Madame Sarah Bernhardt in Dressing Room
Finishing Touches - Madame Sarah Bernhardt in her Dressing Room Date: 1894

Background imageBackstage Collection: Filming of the Movie Hamlet at Denham - the Stars relaxing

Filming of the Movie Hamlet at Denham - the Stars relaxing
Filming of the Movie Hamlet at Denham (directed by, and starring Laurence Olivier) - some of the Stars relaxing - includes Charles Doran, Terence Morgan

Background imageBackstage Collection: The Gaiety Call Boy

The Gaiety Call Boy
The call boy at the Gaiety Theatre in London, tasked with calling the actors and actresses to ready themselves for the stage. Date: 1904

Background imageBackstage Collection: Artistes de Music Hall by Rose-Marie Guillaume

Artistes de Music Hall by Rose-Marie Guillaume
Salon de Paris - Artistes de Music Hall - painting by Rose-Marie Guillaume Date: circa 1910

Background imageBackstage Collection: Cartoon, Paul Valentine

Cartoon, Paul Valentine -- The Ballet. He ran a dancing academy for young people, and is seen here standing in the wings of a theatre. 1883

Background imageBackstage Collection: Taking the Curtain by H. Forster

Taking the Curtain by H. Forster
A ballerina pauses backstage before she slips through the curtain and back in front of the audience to take a bow. Date: 1925

Background imageBackstage Collection: Dora Bryan at a party

Dora Bryan at a party
Actress Dora Bryan (1923-2014), " the dolly of Drury Lane", laughs with a guest at a party she was throwing, backstage at the Theatre Royal

Background imageBackstage Collection: Disraeli / Reform 1866

Disraeli / Reform 1866
Political " Economy" Disraeli thinks the old Reform Bill 1859 banner will do nicely for the opening scene if its spruced up a bit Lord Derby is not so sure. Date: 1 December 1866

Background imageBackstage Collection: Cartoon, Their Theatre, WW1

Cartoon, Their Theatre, WW1
Cartoon, Their Theatre. The French make fun of what they conceive to be the German ideal of beauty, as portrayed by a stage actress being prepared for her entrance by her dresser. Date: 1917

Background imageBackstage Collection: Evie Greene in dressing room

Evie Greene in dressing room
Evie Greene (1875 1917), actress brushing her hair at the dressing table Date: 1908

Background imageBackstage Collection: Backstage at Drury Lane, 1926

Backstage at Drury Lane, 1926
A vast set makes the cast members of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream look tiny, in this view from the wings at Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageBackstage Collection: Pantomime fairies in the flies

Pantomime fairies in the flies, perhaps about to make a surprise entrance from above the stage. 1871

Background imageBackstage Collection: Three Japanese chorus girls

Three Japanese chorus girls talk backstage. All three are wearing elaborate costumes. Date: 1932

Background imageBackstage Collection: Fire safety in the theatre

Fire safety in the theatre -- a notice in a backstage area: Release for stage lantern, in case of fire pull down lever

Background imageBackstage Collection: Harry Tate with ladies of the Hippodrome, New Year, 1915

Harry Tate with ladies of the Hippodrome, New Year, 1915
Music hall actor and comedian, Harry Tate, pictured with a bevy of ladies of the London Hippodrome, having been invited by them to be the first-footer on New Years Eve, 1915

Background imageBackstage Collection: Illustration from Paris Plaisirs number 76, October 1928

Illustration from Paris Plaisirs number 76, October 1928
Illustration A question du nu! from Paris Plaisirs number 76, October 1928 Date: 1928

Background imageBackstage Collection: Dancers Admirers

Dancers Admirers
Premieres danseuses and their admirers in the Green Room of the Opera House (Kings Theatre), London - the Earl of Fife, Ball Hughes, Prince Esterhazy and Lord Petersham. Date: 1822

Background imageBackstage Collection: Monster Make-Up

Monster Make-Up
Actor George H. Mulcaster (1891 - 1964), wearing a wig, backstage in his dressing room, applying make-up which will transform him from man to monster! Date: early 1930s

Background imageBackstage Collection: One Encore too many - Boy performer collapses backstage

One Encore too many - Boy performer collapses backstage
One Encore too many - A young boy performer collapses backstage and is tended to by his female co-star, a kindly clown and another older member of the ensemble

Background imageBackstage Collection: A trip through the Dressing Room - Backstage

A trip through the Dressing Room - Backstage in a French erotic theatre Date: circa 1920s

Background imageBackstage Collection: Dr Syntax behind the scenes at the opera

Dr Syntax behind the scenes at the opera, in London. Date: 1820


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