Past Images of the Month - June 2018

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Engraving by Thomas Dale after Jacob Schnebbelie. Published London, 1 January 1819. Engraving by James Stow after Jacob Schnebbelie. Published London, 1 January 1819. Playbill for a benefit performance at the Royal Coburg Theatre on 14 May 1828. Mr Bryant, comic actor, singer, playwright and composer had been in the company from the opening. The programme, comprising two English operas separated by miscellaneous items was typical of the regular repertoire. Advertisement from The Morning Advertiser, Monday, 16 June 1834 for Paganini's last concert in London on the following day. © The British Library Board. All rights reserved. Engraving of The Royal Victoria Coffee Palace and Music Hall from The Graphic, 20 August 1881. Engraving of The Royal Victoria Coffee Palace and Music Hall, from The Illustrated London News, 22 February 1890. Flyers for three typical Ballad Concerts managed by Emma Cons. Note the costumed tableau performance of Faust in the programme for 28 April 1887. Programme for a concert in the South London Popular Concert series mounted by Emma Cons, 9 January 1908. Advertisement of future opera performances from a programme for King Richard the Second, for November 1916. Programme for the important production of The Marriage of Figaro, 15 January 1920. The baritone Clive Carey produced and sang the role of Figaro.  The translation was the first of many made for Miss Baylis by Edward J. Dent. Examples of Baylis's early introduction of operas by native composers to the Vic repertoire. Advance notice of performances and lectures on the programme for La Traviata, 9 & 11 November 1922.  Gustav Holst was Director of Music of Morley College from 1907 to 1924. Dance card for the third Old Vic Circle Costume Dance, 18 February 1922. These annual fund-raising balls continued until the outbreak of war, the later ones being at the Royal Opera House. Programme for the first night of Troilus & Cressida, 7 November 1923.  This completed the complete cycle of Shakespeare First Folio plays which Baylis had initiated in 1914 - the first such cycle to be mounted anywhere in the world. Advertising leaflet for performances at The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells, Season 1932-3. Advertising leaflet for performances at The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells, Season 1937-8. A late letter dated 13 March 1937 from Baylis to Clive Carey (1883-1968), baritone and producer.  Later he was a distinguished professor and Head of the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. From The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells Magazine, Vol.5, No.6 (March 1938). From The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells Magazine, Vol.5, No.3 (December 1937). Emma Cons. From Edwin Fagg: The Old "Old Vic", London, 1936. Postcard photograph of Lilian Baylis "Lessee & Manager, Old Vic" by Maull & Fox, [London, c.1920.] Signed "Sincerely yours, Lilian Baylis". Postcard photograph of Lilian Bayliss, "Lessee & Manager of the Old Vic and Sadlers Wells". Photograph by Mesdames Morter, [London, 1930s.] The first London production of Oscar Hammerstein II's adaptation of Bizet's Carmen. First performed on Broadway, 2 December 1943, Hammerstein's successful version ran at The Old Vic from 22 March 1991.