Theatre: Savoy Theatre, London
Performance: Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’
Main Actors: Mr. R. Temple, Mr Durward Lely, Mr. George Grossmith, Mr. Rutland Barrington, Mr. Frederick Bovill, Mr. Rudolph Lewis, Miss Leonora Braham, Miss Jessie Bond, Miss Sybil Grey, Miss Rosina Brandram.
This beautiful and extremely rare theatre programme presents Mr. Richard D’Oyly Carte’s first production of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Mikado, which premiered on the 14th March 1885. This theatre programme has the printer’s date of 6th June 1885 and has the original cast. The programme consists of four, full-page, stunning colour illustrations plus more full-page sketches of other Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with the artist, A. Havers, credited on the front cover. The eminent cast list is presented on the centre page.
The Savoy Theatre was built by Richard D’Oyly Carte in 1881 and is situated in the Strand, London. It was the first public building built with electricity and was built to particularly showcase Gilbert and Sullivan operas which also became known as Savoy Operas.
The theatre also lays claim to showcasing the premiere of Blithe Spirit by playwright Noel Coward and Oscar Wild’s Salome. The theatre is now a Grade II listed building and is still a major London theatre.
12 pages including front and back covers; Approx. H 13 cms x W 17½ cms