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Blue beard : or, Female curiosity : a drama in two acts : written expressly for and adapted to Webb's characters & scenes in the same.

London : Printed and published by W. Webb, [1861]
Physical Description:
18 pages ; 15 cm and 23 sheets : lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Toy Theater Webb Blue beard
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. Kraus
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Copyright Status:
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Juvenile drama emerged in England soon after 1800, forming itself from the adult drama of the time. The plays were adapted from their original stage version into a miniature toy version with actors, costumes and scenery intended for a juvenile audience. Characters and scenes were intended to be cut out and dramatized.
George Colman's Blue Beard was first performed at Drury Lane in 1798. See: Speaight.
Date of publication from Speaight.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 195-196, 204
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete. All pieces are uncolored. The characters are uncut.
Subject Terms:
Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.
Children's plays, English.
Toy theaters.
Lithographs -- 1861.
Webb, W. G. (William George), 1821-1890, publisher.
Adaptation of (work): Colman, George, 1762-1836. Blue beard.

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