Blue Beard, or, Female curiosity : a drama in two acts : written expressly for, and adapted only to Skelt's characters & scenes in the same.
- London : Printed and published by B. Skelt ..., [between 1850 and 1862]
- Physical Description:
- 18 pages,  leaf of plates : color illustrations ; 15 cm and 27 sheets : color lithographs ; 17 x 22 cm
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsToy Theater Skelt Blue BeardYale Center for British Art, Gift of Hans P. KrausAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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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.
The publisher B. Spelt was active from 1850 to 1862. See Speaight.
Speaight, G. History of the English toy theatre, pages 193-194, 204
BAC: British Art Center copy is not complete. Possibly 5 wing pieces missing. All pieces are colored and uncut. Accompanied by handwritten booklet and and two scripts in MS.
- Subject Terms:
- Ballads, English -- Juvenile drama.Children's plays, English.
Lithographs -- Hand-colored.
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