Theatre: Grand Theatre
Performance: Madame Sans-Gêne
Main Actors: Henry Irving, Miss Ellen Terry
The programme is made with light brown paper and printed in black ink. On the front cover there is a detailed illustration (under the theatre name) of a court jester in costume and is standing on side profile in front of a shield with a coat of arms.
This rare programme is for the production entitled Madame Sans-Gêne (or the Emperor and the Washer Woman), a comedy in a prologue and three acts by Victorien Sardou and Emile Moreau adapted by J. Comyns Carr, performed at the Grand Theatre & Opera House, New Briggate, Leeds.
The cast comprises of exceptional actors including the prolific actor/manager/producer of the times Mr Henry Irving who plays the male lead of Napoleon. Also included in the cast is the extremely popular and accomplished actress Miss Ellen Terry who plays Catherine, Madame Sans-Gêne.
The cast list is presented across the centre pages 4 and 5 and are framed by illustrated, historical advertisements such as ‘The Eye and Ear, Mr Thos. Ison. Oculist and Aurist’. The advertisement includes descriptive phrasing which states ‘eye and ear dispensary’, ‘new method of treatments’, ‘Superseded old system of operation – bleeding and blistering’! This advertisement really does highlight the history and culture of the programme.
8 pages including front and back cover pages; approx. 22.5cm x 14.5cm.