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First Night Design | The Criterion Theatre #Vintage Programme

This is an adaptation of an original 1890s Criterion Theatre programme in my collection. I confess to being potty about it. The original image is the central strip which I copied, pasted and extended to form a background so that it was a classic card-shaped design. The art nouveau shapes and swirls are a treat and enable one to breathe in the theatrical atmosphere of late 19th century London.

This small, Grade II* listed theatre in Piccadilly Circus — it has an official capacity of 588 — opened on the site of an old hunting inn, the White Bear, in 1874. It has played host to some notable performances and productions, not least Charles Wyndham as David Garrick (1888),  John Gielgud in Musical Chairs (1932), Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (1936-1939), Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1955), which transferred from the Arts Theatre with Peter Woodthorpe, Hugh Burden, Timothy Bateson, and Peter Bull, and Joe Orton’s Loot (1966) with Michael Bates and Kenneth Cranham.

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Source: First Night Design | The Criterion Theatre #Vintage Programme

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2 comments on “First Night Design | The Criterion Theatre #Vintage Programme

  1. Mary
    01/17/2016

    The result is a classic look Sarah – I could see this being used for a play, recital or art exhibition invite. Beautiful qualities ~ Happy Sunday to you!

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