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Belfast ; David Allen & Sons , [ca. 1886]
& London : David Allen & Sons , [ca. 1886]
Physical Description:
[1] sheet : ill. ; 75 x 50 cm.; in a mat 87 x 61 cm.; in a folder 91 x 75 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2007 1
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Barbara and Max Wilk, Yale BA 1941
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A chromolithographed poster for the production of the comic opera "Dorothy" (music by Alfred Cellier, libretto by B.C. Stephenson), Theatre Royal, Bath, c. 1886. At head of sheet "Theatre Royal, Bath commencing Monday, October 7th. Six nights and matinee". The poster depicts scenes from the play. "Dorothy" was one of the most popular London musicals of the 19th century. Set in 18th-century rural Kent during hop-picking season, the plot involves a Squire's daughter (the eponymous "Dorothy"); Geoffrey, the handsome "young English gentleman"; his friend Harry; and Lurcher, a Sheriff's officer. There is a burglary, Lurcher dines "too well", identities are mistaken and then exposed, and the end is obvious and happy. "Dorothy" opened at London's Gaiety Theatre in September of 1886 and moved to the Theatre Royal, Bath, and other provincial theaters shortly thereafter. It opened on Broadway in November of 1887 and was a success there as well.
Selected exhibitions: "Recent Acquisitions and Gifts" (Yale Center for British Art, May 19-August 15 2005).
Subject Terms:
Cellier, Alfred, 1844-1891.
Musical theater -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Playbills -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Posters -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Stephenson, B. C. (Benjamin Charles), d. 1906.
Theatre Royal (Bath, England)
Theatrical posters -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Chromolithographs -- [ca. 1886]

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