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Farce Collection

Background imageFarce Collection: Theatre, A Cuckoo in the Nest 1925, Nerman

Theatre, A Cuckoo in the Nest 1925, Nerman
A scene from A Cuckoo in the Nest, a popular farce playing in London in 1925. Here, the impeccable husband is discovered by his wife and in-laws in a ladys bedroom (equally impeccable)

Background imageFarce Collection: Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London

Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London. Showing at this time was The Candidate - a farce by Justin H. McCarthy. Date: 1908

Background imageFarce Collection: Rookery Nook by Ben Travers

Rookery Nook by Ben Travers
Promotional postcard for Rookery Nook by Ben Travers. First produced at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, 21st June and the Aldwych Theatre

Background imageFarce Collection: Half Past Eight by P Rubens and C H Bovill

Half Past Eight by P Rubens and C H Bovill
Promotional postcard for Half Past Eight, One of those Musical Things by Paul Rubens & C. H. Bovill; music Paul Rubens. First produced at the Comedy Theatre on 10th August 1916

Background imageFarce Collection: The Farce by William Barribal

The Farce by William Barribal
A young red-headed woman seated in a box at the theatre, feigns interest in what her older male companion has to say while secretly enjoying a kiss on the hand from a young, handsome beau. Date: 1917

Background imageFarce Collection: Be Careful Baby, by Salisbury Field and Margaret Mayo

Be Careful Baby, by Salisbury Field and Margaret Mayo. First produced in England at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, March 1918, then the Apollo Theatre, London, April 1918

Background imageFarce Collection: The perils of sitting on a freshly-painted park bench

The perils of sitting on a freshly-painted park bench
A humorous postcard cataloguing in 6 frames, the perils of sitting on a freshly-painted park bench. A masher " the vacant seat

Background imageFarce Collection: Comedy and Farce at the Theatre

Comedy and Farce at the Theatre
Watching Comedy and Farce at the Theatre, by Hablot K Browne (Phiz) Date: 1862

Background imageFarce Collection: Marie Lohr as Georgina Tidman in Pinero's Dandy Dick

Marie Lohr as Georgina Tidman in Pinero's Dandy Dick
Marie Lohr as Georgina Tidman in Pinero's farce, Dandy Dick Date: circa 1900s

Background imageFarce Collection: Marie Lohr as Josepha in Preserving Mr Panmure

Marie Lohr as Josepha in Preserving Mr Panmure
Marie Lohr as Josepha in Pinero's farce, Preserving Mr Panmure Date: circa 1900s

Background imageFarce Collection: Ben Travers farce scene, theatrical action photograph. With description

Ben Travers farce scene, theatrical action photograph. With description, More Dangerous than Leg Theory; Gussie Pogson (Robertson Hare) and Dandy Stratton (Ralph Lynn), Test Match cricketers

Background imageFarce Collection: Lew Lakes Colossal Comedy Company of Comedians

Lew Lakes Colossal Comedy Company of Comedians
Promotional postcard for Lew Lakes Colossal Comedy Company of Comedians. Popular music hall sketch company set up by Lew Lake (1874-1939)

Background imageFarce Collection: Miss Roberts as Ethel Sportington in Morocco Bound

Miss Roberts as Ethel Sportington in Morocco Bound
Miss Roberts as the Hon Ethel Sportington in Morocco Bound, a farcical musical comedy Date: 1890s

Background imageFarce Collection: Miss Francis of Yale, a three-act farce by Michael Morton, at the Theatre Metropole

Miss Francis of Yale, a three-act farce by Michael Morton, at the Theatre Metropole, Camberwell, London, E B Normans Company from The Globe Theatre, starring Ethel Hope and Stanley Cooke

Background imageFarce Collection: Oh! Susannah! a farcical comedy by Mark Ambient, first produced at the Eden Theatre

Oh! Susannah! a farcical comedy by Mark Ambient, first produced at the Eden Theatre, Brighton, in 1897, starring Louie Freear as the maid Date: late 19th century

Background imageFarce Collection: The JP, the successful farcical comedy by Fenton Mackay, The Strand Theatre, London

The JP, the successful farcical comedy by Fenton Mackay, The Strand Theatre, London, Edward Lyttons Company Date: circa 1900s

Background imageFarce Collection: Felix Gets a Month, a whimsical farce by Tom Gallon and Leon M Lion, at the Theatre Royal

Felix Gets a Month, a whimsical farce by Tom Gallon and Leon M Lion, at the Theatre Royal, Bradford, direct from the Haymarket Theatre, London Date: circa 1917

Background imageFarce Collection: Cartoon, William Sydney Penley in Private Secretary

Cartoon, William Sydney Penley in Private Secretary
Cartoon, William Sydney Penley (1851-1912), English actor, singer and comedian, in The Private Secretary, a farce by Charles Hawtrey. 1884

Background imageFarce Collection: Cartoon, W J Hill as Mr Cattermole in Private Secretary

Cartoon, W J Hill as Mr Cattermole in Private Secretary
Cartoon, William Jones Hill (1834-1888) as Mr Cattermole in a theatre production of Private Secretary, a farce in three acts by Charles Hawtrey. 1884

Background imageFarce Collection: Theatre poster, A Little Bit of Fluff, by Walter W Ellis

Theatre poster, A Little Bit of Fluff, by Walter W Ellis
Theatre poster, A Little Bit of Fluff, a British farce by Walter W Ellis, at the Criterion Theatre, London. Date: 1915

Background imageFarce Collection: Vestris, Glover, Williams and Liston in comedy Paul Pry

Vestris, Glover, Williams and Liston in comedy Paul Pry
Madame Vestris, Miss P Glover, Mr Williams and John Liston in the popular comedy by John Poole, Paul Pry, which premiered at the Haymarket Theatre, London, in 1825. circa 1825

Background imageFarce Collection: Mr John Liston as Tristram Sappy in Deaf as a Post

Mr John Liston as Tristram Sappy in Deaf as a Post, a one-act farce by John Poole, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London. circa 1820s

Background imageFarce Collection: Our Flat, a farcical comedy, Palace Theatre, Newark

Our Flat, a farcical comedy, Palace Theatre, Newark
Our Flat, a farcical comedy, at the Palace Theatre, Newark. circa 1900s

Background imageFarce Collection: I ve Seen The Arem, burlesque, Empire Theatre, Islington

I ve Seen The Arem, burlesque, Empire Theatre, Islington
I ve Seen The Arem, a musical farce burlesque, at the Empire Theatre, Islington, North London. circa 1915

Background imageFarce Collection: Hold Birdie, a farce, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London

Hold Birdie, a farce, Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Hold Birdie (Jerry), a three-act farce, at the Duke of Yorks Theatre, London, starring Yvonne Arnaud and Charles Windermere

Background imageFarce Collection: Oy Ra and Dorma Leigh, in The Girl on the Film, London

Oy Ra and Dorma Leigh, in The Girl on the Film, London
Oy Ra and Dorma Leigh, in The Girl on the Film, a musical farce in three acts by James T Tanner, at the Gaiety Theatre, London

Background imageFarce Collection: Battling Butler, farce, Royal Adelphi Theatre, London

Battling Butler, farce, Royal Adelphi Theatre, London
Battling Butler, a new musical farce at the Royal Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London, starring Jack Buchanan

Background imageFarce Collection: El Juez de los Divorcios. Short farce by Cervantes

El Juez de los Divorcios. Short farce by Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Divorce judge (El Juez de los divorcios). Engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: In Dahomey by Jesse A Shipp

In Dahomey by Jesse A Shipp
In Dahomey by Jesse A. Shipp; music Will Marion Cook et. al. First produced in England at the Shaftesbury Theatre, 16th May 1903

Background imageFarce Collection: Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse

Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse
Promotional postcard for Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse. First produced in England at the Apollo Theatre, 22nd June 1916. The story is set in Salford in 1880

Background imageFarce Collection: Here Comes the Bride by Robert P Weston and Bert Lee

Here Comes the Bride by Robert P Weston and Bert Lee
Here Comes The Bride by Robert P. Weston & Bert Lee, adapted from the play by Otto Harbach and Edgar McGregor; music Arthur Schwartz

Background imageFarce Collection: French Theatre -- Les Trois Galans

French Theatre -- Les Trois Galans
Les Trois Galans [Galants] (The Three Gallants or Suitors), a farce. Showing one of the gallants sitting on a chair, holding up a glass of wine. Date: 16th century

Background imageFarce Collection: Carrie Moore rehearsing for The Dairymaids

Carrie Moore rehearsing for The Dairymaids
Carrie Moore, actress, rehearsing for the farcical musical comedy, The Dairymaids. Date: circa 1906

Background imageFarce Collection: Mark E. Swans latest farcical success, the effervescent ecs

Mark E. Swans latest farcical success, the effervescent ecstasy, Whose baby are you? a splendid cast present this fantastic farce. Date c1900

Background imageFarce Collection: Amateur theatre performance, The Pyjama Game

Amateur theatre performance, The Pyjama Game. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageFarce Collection: Excuse Me adapted by Herbert C. Sargent

Excuse Me adapted by Herbert C. Sargent from an American farce of the same title by Rupert Hughes, which was first performed in England at the Garrick Theatre on 6th March 1915

Background imageFarce Collection: Three scenes from the musical farce Whirled into Happiness

Three scenes from the musical farce Whirled into Happiness at the Lyric Theatre, London, 1922 with Mai Bacon, Tom Wells and Billy Merson Date: 1922

Background imageFarce Collection: Miss Rachel Sanger in The Bonnie Fishwife

Miss Rachel Sanger in The Bonnie Fishwife
Miss Rachel Sanger in the role of Maggie MacFarlane in The Bonnie Fishwife, a comedietta or farce in one act by Charles Selby. circa 1880s

Background imageFarce Collection: Joan Morgan in Adam and Eva by Bolton and Middleton

Joan Morgan in Adam and Eva by Bolton and Middleton
Adam and Eva by Guy Bolton and George Middleton. First produced in England at the Little Theatre, London, on 13 April 1925. The Brilliant Farcical Comedy

Background imageFarce Collection: Don Quixote, by Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616). Engraving by G

Don Quixote, by Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616). Engraving by G
Don Quixote. Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616). Engraving by Gustave Dore, 19th century. Colored

Background imageFarce Collection: The Biscayan feigned (El Vizcaino fingido). Short farce by C

The Biscayan feigned (El Vizcaino fingido). Short farce by C
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Biscayan feigned (El Vizcaino fingido). Colored engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: The Ruffian widower named Trampagos (El Rufian viudo llamado

The Ruffian widower named Trampagos (El Rufian viudo llamado
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Ruffian widower named Trampagos (El Rufian viudo llamado Trampagos). Colored engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: The Divorce judge (El Juez de los divorcios). Short farce by

The Divorce judge (El Juez de los divorcios). Short farce by
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Divorce judge (El Juez de los divorcios). Engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: El Vizcaino fingido. Short farce by Cervantes

El Vizcaino fingido. Short farce by Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Biscayan feigned (El Vizcaino fingido). Engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: El Rufian viudo llamado Trampagos. Short farce by Cervantes

El Rufian viudo llamado Trampagos. Short farce by Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Spanish writer. Short farce The Ruffian widower named Trampagos (El Rufian viudo llamado Trampagos). Engraving. 1868. Private collection

Background imageFarce Collection: The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha by Spanish wr

The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Scene with Don Quixote. Pisan engraving of a drawing by Gustave Dore (1833-1883). Colored

Background imageFarce Collection: Caricature, two Princes and John Hollingshead, manager

Caricature, two Princes and John Hollingshead, manager
Caricature, two princes (Prince Albert Victor and Prince George) and John Hollingshead, manager, at the entrance to the Gaiety Theatre, London

Background imageFarce Collection: Caricature of John Maddison Morton, playwright

Caricature of John Maddison Morton, playwright
Caricature of John Maddison Morton (1811-1891), English playwright specialising in one-act farces, as well as comic dramas and pantomimes. His greatest success was Box and Cox (1847). 1883



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