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Entertainments Collection

Background imageEntertainments Collection: WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt

WW2 - NaFI presents ENSA Production at Alexandria, Egypt
WW2 - A playbill for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde produced by N.A.A.F.I (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes)

Background imageEntertainments Collection: The Yeoman of the Guard by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

The Yeoman of the Guard by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Promotional postcard for The Yeomen of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert; music Arthur Sullivan. First produced Savoy Theatre, 3rd October 1888

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Circus scene. Illustration by G鲡rd Laplau (1938-2009)

Circus scene. Illustration by G鲡rd Laplau (1938-2009)
Circus scene. Illustration by G鲡 rd Laplau (1938-2009). Naive art. Painting

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Josephine Baker singing to British Factory Workers

Josephine Baker singing to British Factory Workers
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) singing to British Factory Workers for ENSA (The Entertainments National Service Association) in July 1951, her first visit to England since the end of WW2. Date: 1951

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Cartoon, theatre managers and Queen Victoria

Cartoon, theatre managers and Queen Victoria
Cartoon, theatre managers (Irving, Toole, James and Bancroft) besieging Queen Victoria at Windsor. Now that a rumour has gone abroad that Her Majesty will one more give theatrical entertainments at

Background imageEntertainments Collection: WW2 Poster -- ENSA Entertainments, Swing Vogue

WW2 Poster -- ENSA Entertainments, Swing Vogue
Photolithograph poster inscribed NaFI presents ENSA Entertainments for HM Forces. Its modern, its new, its bright, its Swing Vogue

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Festival of Empire advertisement 1911

Festival of Empire advertisement 1911
An advertising promotion for the Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace, running from May to October 1911. The Festival features the Imperial exhibition, the Pageant of London

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Doing the Lambeth Walk, 1938

Doing the Lambeth Walk, 1938
Entertainments a la carte, by Alan Bott. On with the walk. Doing the Lambeth Walk: (top to bottom) Lupino Lane, Teddie St Denis, George Graves, Doris Rogers, Martin Gray, Wallace Lupino

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Marquis Philippe de Massa in uniform

Marquis Philippe de Massa in uniform
Marquis Philippe de Massa (1831-1910) in sub-lieutenant's uniform, French cavalry officer and author of theatrical entertainments. Date: 1856

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Mrs Ratan Tata, three studio portraits wearing sari

Mrs Ratan Tata, three studio portraits wearing sari
Mrs Ratan Tata, three studio portraits in sari and sari blouse, and pearls. Captioned, A Parsee Leader of English Society, and Mrs Ratan Tata

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Olivia Eltone, actress, studio portrait. With description, Who plays Robinson Crusoe at

Olivia Eltone, actress, studio portrait. With description, Who plays Robinson Crusoe at the Gaiety, Dublin. A realistic number is "Come with me to Lapland

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Caricature illustrations of Mr Thomas Beecham and Mr Richard Strauss. With description

Caricature illustrations of Mr Thomas Beecham and Mr Richard Strauss. With description, Dr Richard Strauss as seen by a member of the Covent Garden Orchestra; Both gentlemen are once again very

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Beatrice von Brunner, actress (1892-1955), studio portrait. Captioned, A New Dream for Daly's'

Beatrice von Brunner, actress (1892-1955), studio portrait. Captioned, A New Dream for Daly's'. Beatrice von Brunner was about to appear in The Waltz Dream'at Daly's Theatre

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Yvonne Fitzroy, actress, theatrical portrait in costume in The Arcadians, Shaftesbury Theatre

Yvonne Fitzroy, actress, theatrical portrait in costume in The Arcadians, Shaftesbury Theatre. Captioned, Arcadian with wine glass'. From an article, London Night's Entertainments'

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Pauline Chase (1885-1962), American actress, studio portrait in gown and feathered hat

Pauline Chase (1885-1962), American actress, studio portrait in gown and feathered hat. Captioned, Pan Re-Petered'. Chase had recently returned to London from New York

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Illustration Aino Ackte as Salome, with empty platter. Captioned, Salome without the Baptist's Head

Illustration Aino Ackte as Salome, with empty platter. Captioned, Salome without the Baptist's Head! Aino Ackte (1876-1944), Finnish soprano, had recently been cast to play Salome

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Jane Hading, actress, theatrical illustration in role, in dark clothes with hand gun

Jane Hading, actress, theatrical illustration in role, in dark clothes with hand gun. Captioned in the illustration, Madame Jane Hading as Jacqueline in Madame X, in a section, The Hippodrome'

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Gladiators. Roman art

Gladiators. Roman art. Terra-cotta. ITALY. PUGLIA. Taranto. Taranto Archaelogical National Museum

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Fairground - South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire

Fairground - South Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Trafalgar Square Theatre, London - by night, busy with theatregoers

Trafalgar Square Theatre, London - by night, busy with theatregoers. (2 of 2) Date: late 19th century

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Trafalgar Square Theatre, London - by day - comic opera every evening

Trafalgar Square Theatre, London - by day - comic opera every evening. (1 of 2) Date: late 19th century

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Frost fair on the River Thames, 1814

Frost fair on the River Thames, 1814
The last frost fair on the River Thames, London, in February 1814, looking upstream towards Blackfriars Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Little Women - Christmas entertainments

Little Women - Christmas entertainments
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Christmas entertainments, in which the friends and family dress up and act out scenes from a romantic melodrama

Background imageEntertainments Collection: German Fairground with Sideshows - Mainz, Germany

German Fairground with Sideshows - Mainz, Germany. The stalls include the chance to see a Giant Lady, a South sea Islander, an electric shick machine and a balloon seller. Date: 1899

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Entertainments in an Egyptian Harem

Entertainments in an Egyptian Harem. circa 1800

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Spanish Golden Age Theater (Siglo de Oro), 16th-17th

Spanish Golden Age Theater (Siglo de Oro), 16th-17th centuries. classical Open-Air Theatre (Corral de Comedias) in a court. Illustration by Lluis Bargall󮠗 atercolour

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Miners racing whippets, Illustrated London News front cover

Miners racing whippets, Illustrated London News front cover
Front cover of the Illustrated London News showing coal miners, on strike, partaking in one of their favourite pastimes, whippet racing

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Roman sporting combat - jousting in chariots

Roman sporting combat - jousting in chariots
Roman sporting combat - jousting with spears in chariots - one of the many varied entertainments available at ones local amphitheatre

Background imageEntertainments Collection: GREECE. PELOPONNESE. LACONIA. Sparta. Ruins of a

GREECE. PELOPONNESE. LACONIA. Sparta. Ruins of a theater

Background imageEntertainments Collection: FASSMAN, Josep Mir i Rocafort, named Profesor. Spanish

FASSMAN, Josep Mir i Rocafort, named Profesor. Spanish psychologist and hypnotist. Poster of the show Fassman hypnostist of crowds

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Fancy Dress Party, Mahe, Seychelles

Fancy Dress Party, Mahe, Seychelles
Entertainments at Government House, Mahe, Seychelles, often included fancy dress parties. 1913

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Souvenir Programme for the Home Guard Stand Down concert

Souvenir Programme for the Home Guard Stand Down concert held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on December 3rd 1944, featuring a glittering array of popular entertainment stars and guests

Background imageEntertainments Collection: A Silver ballet at the Negresco Hotel on the Riviera

A Silver ballet at the Negresco Hotel on the Riviera
Filming a fete at the Negresco Hotel, Nice on the French Riviera, where the carnival colours that year were cerise and silver

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Monte Carlo advertisement, 1932

Monte Carlo advertisement, 1932
Advertisement for Monte Carlo beach on the French Riviera and all its associated entertainments. Date: 1932

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Alhambra Theatre, Leicester Square, WC1

Alhambra Theatre, Leicester Square, WC1
Promotional postcard for the Alhambra Theatre, London. Promotional postcard for the Alhambra Theatre, London, WC1. The Alhambra was a popular theatre

Background imageEntertainments Collection: The Alhambra Theatre, London

The Alhambra Theatre, London
Promotional postcard showing the Alhambra Theatre, London. Built as Panoptican of Science and Art, which opened on 18th March 1854

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Marlborough Theatre, Holloway Road

Marlborough Theatre, Holloway Road
Promotional postcard for the Marlborough Theatre, 383 Holloway Road. Although first proposed in 1899, the Theatre didn t actually open however, until well into the 20th-century. It was built for F

Background imageEntertainments Collection: St Jamess Theatre

St Jamess Theatre
Promotional postcard for St Jamess Theatre London. St Jamess Theatre (est. 1835) was a 1, 200-seat theatre located in King Street, at Duke Street, St James s, London

Background imageEntertainments Collection: A Night Out by George Grossmith and Arthur Miller

A Night Out by George Grossmith and Arthur Miller
Front page of a promotional flyer for A Night Out by George Grossmith & Arthur Miller; music Willie Redstone. From LHotel du Libre Echange by Maurice Desvallieres and Georges Feydeau

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Lyric and Apollo Theatre

Lyric and Apollo Theatre
Promotional postcard for the The Apollo Theatre, London. The Apollo is a Grade II listed West End theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster, in central London

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Moulin Rouge, Paris

Moulin Rouge, Paris
Promotional postcard for the Moulin Rouge, Paris. The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Wyndhams Theatre, London

Wyndhams Theatre, London
Promotional postcard for Wyndhams Theatre, London. Wyndhams is a West End theatre, one of two opened by the actor/manager Charles Wyndham (the other is the Criterion Theatre)

Background imageEntertainments Collection: His Majestys Theatre, London

His Majestys Theatre, London
Promotional postcard for His Majestys Theatre, London. The present building was designed by Charles J. Phipps and was constructed in 1897 for actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Carl Haganbecks Wonder Zoo and Big Circus

Carl Haganbecks Wonder Zoo and Big Circus
promotional postcard for Carl Hagenbecks Wonder Zoo and Big Circus, Olympia. 26th December 1913. Under the Direction of Charles B. Cochrane

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Quex VAD patients in fancy dress

Quex VAD patients in fancy dress outside the front door of Quex House. There was a collection of dressing up clothes at Quex House and they were used occasionally by the patients to put on plays

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Patients boxing

Patients boxing
Quex Park VAD Hospital patients. Entertainments and diversions were a regular part of the life of the hospital. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Flanders Nights Entertainments, by Bairnsfather

Flanders Nights Entertainments, by Bairnsfather
Flanders Nights Entertainments Captain Bairnsfather, who is at present somewhere in France, sends us the above amusing take-off of his colleague Mr Norman Morrow, our theatrical artist

Background imageEntertainments Collection: Entertainments at Southport, Merseyside

Entertainments at Southport, Merseyside including Hiram Maxims " Captive Flying Machine" amusement ride (which opened in 1904), helter skelter lighthouse



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